John Cena has been the undisputed face of WWE for a very long period of time, although there has been no shortage of criticism from the part of the WWE Universe. Kurt Angle, who has played an important role in the career of the 16-time world champion, has never hidden his admiration for the current Hollywood star.
The former Olympic gold medalist revealed that he would have liked to face Cena at WrestleMania 35, in what would have represented the last match of his glorious career in wrestling. Unfortunately for him and for the fans, Vince McMahon did not agree and 'granted' only Baron Corbin as an opponent of the 'Showcase of the Immortals'
The Stamford federation boss promised him that he could meet John the following year, but Angle's wish was to end his career in 2019. In an interview with 'Highspots Virtual Gimmick Table', Kurt said that he always knew that the leader of the 'Cenation' would become a legend of this business.
Kurt Angle on wanting to face John Cena in his final pro wrestling match
“John Cena is a very special guy, he had all the credentials to make it big. It has been known since he took his first steps in WWE: the way he talked, the way he fought, his stage presence.
I knew he would become the symbol of the company in no time. I have tried several times to steal his place, but I simply did not have those characteristics. John took over eventually. He got a huge boost from WWE and took advantage of it incredibly well.
I am very proud of him. He could also be the greatest WWE superstar of all time. Cena was able to stay on the crest of the wave for 15 consecutive years without ever being seriously or nearly seriously injured. This is an exceptional feat "- said Kurt Angle.
Sixteen years ago, John Cena defeated Angle in the match to determine the number 1 contender for the WWE title at WrestleMania 21. Kurt Angle recently revealed on his podcast that he wanted to face John Cena at WrestleMania 35 - his final match in pro wrestling.
WWE Chairman Vince McMahon said that Angle would have to face Baron Corbin at WrestleMania 35 and that he could face Cena the following year at The Show of Shows. He also revealed that he met John Cena backstage at WrestleMania 35 and told him about wanting to wrestle him at the show.