Kurt Angle Says Nigel McGuinness Would’ve Been WWE Champion Without Illness

Hamish Woodward

Kurt Angle has claimed that Nigel McGuinness could have been a WWE Champion if his illness and injuries had not curtailed his career.

Angle is a WWE and TNA Hall of Famer, starring for both companies in one of the most legendary careers of all time.

During these runs, he faced off with some of the best wrestlers of all time, like Steve Austin, The Undertaker and Sting. However, it was against Nigel McGuinness that Kurt Angle had some of his best matches.

The pair had three matches in TNA, each one showing that McGuinness could hang with the best wrestler in the world. These should have been used to move Desmond Wolfe (as McGuinness was known in TNA) into the main event scene.

However, poor booking curtailed his potential success.

He retired in 2011 due to a variety of reasons, putting an end to a promising career that should have been so much more.

Former TNA star and rival of Nigel McGuinness, Kurt Angle, has heaped praise onto the former ROH Champion, claiming he was “incredible”.

In a past Q&A Session, Kurt Angle noted that the trio of matches he had with McGuinness (then known as “Desmond Wolfe”) were “unbelievable”, and are often considered to be some of the finest in TNA history.

Angle also claims that, had he not caught Hepatitis, Nigel McGuinness would have gone on to become WWE Champion, like his long-time friend Daniel Bryan managed in 2013.

“Nigel was incredible. We had an awesome match (…) our three matches were unbelievable. It was one of my favourite programmes that I worked in TNA, or even WWE. I wish my match with him would’ve been on the biggest stage at WrestleMania. That’s how Nigel McGuinness was. I have a lot of respect for the kid and I think that his future, if he didn’t have that disease, he would’ve went on to become WWE Champion,”

In May, Nigel is scheduled to appear for PROGRESS Wrestling at their Super Strong Style 16 show. 

Nigel McGuinness wrestled his last match in 2011, never once signing for the WWE as a wrestler. He joined up with the company as a commentator in 2016, but was released 6 years later, in October 2022.

Do you think Nigel McGuinness could have been a WWE Champion, like his friend and rival Daniel Bryan was before him? Let us know what you think about it down in the comments section below.

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