Kurt Angle Wants To Play A Role in WWE's 'Very Effective' Next In Line Program
Angle thinks the NIL Program will prove a brilliant investment for WWE
Kurt Angle believes the Next In Line program will prove to be a 'very effective' method of finding future superstars for WWE and would love to be involved in the process of finding amateur talent.
WWE announced the NIL program at the start of December and Angle feels the scheme will help the promotion to find the sort of athletes they crave.
Speaking on The Kurt Angle Show, he said: "I think the Next in Line program is very effective because you’re getting college athletes and a lot of these athletes are going to be world-class athletes. Those are the kind of athletes you want in professional wrestling. You can be a non-athlete and join a territory and work your way up and still be a great worker.
"What WWE is looking for is those nostalgic athletes that are graduating college and don’t have a future in sports. In other words, a great football player that was all-American in college and didn’t get drafted into the NFL, he’d be a great choice to pick for WWE.
"I think it’s a great program and I think you need a little bit of both. You want the old school where you have the territories and the small promotions where you can work, and work on your character, and work on your development in the ring. I think you need a little bit of both of those. NXT is like the training super ground where they basically throw everything at you at once and try to come up with something.
"I think it takes years of experience to become a great professional wrestler and I think the small territories are very effective, and that’s where we get a lot of our characters. Where they come up with gimmicks and carry it over to the WWE. I think you want both of them, the Next in Line program and the smaller promotions."
When asked if he would consider scouting talent for WWE as part of the program, Angle added: "I would definitely do it. I would love to scout amateur athletes. I know what it takes to be a pro wrestler and I was a world-class athlete. None better than me to do that job."
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