Kurt Angle: Vince McMahon Preferred Me As A Heel
McMahon didn't like Angle as a babyface
While Kurt Angle would have memorable spells as a babyface, most notably in 2001 and 2003, The Wrestling Machine spent much of his WWE run as a heel.
Speaking during a Q&A session on AdFreeShows.com, Angle revealed Vince McMahon preferred him as a heel and didn't actually like the WWE Hall Of Famer as a babyface.
"Vince didn't like me as a babyface. Every time I ever turned babyface, it was only for a couple of months. I think what it comes down to is I was one of the best wrestlers on the roster. I was one of the best wrestlers in the world. Vince just didn't like me as a babyface because I was more effective as a heel. I started out as a heel. I would preach the three 'I's, but I wouldn't actually back it up. I would do the opposite. I would do the lie, cheat, and steal like Eddie Guerrero, but I would say I had intensity, integrity, and intelligence," Angle said.
"Vince liked that about me. I think I was a better wrestler as a heel because I could control the tempo of the match and I could start making other wrestlers. The wrestlers that made me like Undertaker, Austin, Stone Cold, Triple H, I became one of those ring leaders. It's easier to work as a heel when you're a ring leader than it is as a babyface. My job was to make other wrestlers and make them bigger than they were already. I did the best job I could, and that entails being the heel."
Angle would continue to work as a heel beyond his WWE tenure in TNA Wrestling, becoming a six-time TNA World Heavyweight Champion during his 10-year run.
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