As seen on this past Monday's edition of Raw, Drew McIntyre picked up a squash match victory over WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle.
According to a report from Sports Illustrated's Justin Barrasso, the match was actually designed by Kurt Angle and Vince McMahon to make Drew McIntyre look as strong as possible. After Angle and McMahon discussed it, Angle presented the plan to McIntyre.
Here are the details from Sports Illustrated:
The story, which Sports Illustrated learned was drawn up by Angle and Vince McMahon, was for McIntyre to brutalize Angle and destroy any hopes he has of captaining the Raw Team for the Survivor Series.
After meeting with McMahon, Angle presented the creative to McIntyre, who delivered in full force on live television.
Angle and McIntyre have history from their time together at TNA, wrestling twice in 2016. They were only scheduled to have one match, but Angle specifically requested a rematch before he exited the company, stressing that he wanted to do the honors for McIntyre. Their final TNA encounter took place in Manchester, England, which was the same city that hosted the match this past Monday on Raw.
Monday’s match struck a cord on a variety of levels, especially considering that Angle helped re-establish McIntyre as a star in TNA. Even though he still desperately wants to compete and perform at an acute rate, it was apparent that Angle has aged, yet McIntyre made sure to protect him in a manner reminiscent of the way Angle once elevated him.
“Kurt is one of the greatest wrestlers of all time,” McIntyre told Sports Illustrated in 2016. “To have Kurt Angle say, ‘I never knew how good you actually were in the ring until we wrestled,’ that just blew my mind. Then we had our second match in the U.K., and Kurt wanted to put me over and pass the torch. That’s Kurt freakin’ Angle, so it was unreal.”
Two years ago, with a return to WWE still uncertain, Angle had more to prove while closing out his TNA run. On Raw, Angle made the focus all about McIntyre.
Monday’s match saw Angle be absolutely selfless and help tell the story that he wanted to compete but the big, young, ruthless kid was just too much to overcome. During the end sequence, the viewer could really feel the moment, especially when focusing on Angle’s expressions.