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#MustWatchMonday: Kurt Angle vs. Alberto El Patron (WCPW True Destiny 2017)



The top heel of the WWE these days is the up and coming talent Rubulavirus. The fresh new face to the WWE scene causes mumps, and has taken out the likes of Bray Wyatt, Bo Dallas, and apparently Roman Reigns. The loss of these talents, in particular Bray and Roman, have forced the WWE to reshuffle the TLC card, and they did not disappoint.

Finn Bálor (who was the Demon, in case you weren't told) was scheduled to face off against Sister Abigail (who totally isn't Bray Wyatt in drag) to cap off their long, one-sided feud. Seriously, I don't understand how this match keeps on getting booked. Finn has won ALL of the matches except the one setup match on RAW. Anyway, I'm not here to complain about WWE storylines. Instead of facing Bray, Finn faced off against AJ Styles in what was, at minimum, a really good match.

The bigger surprise though is that replacing Reigns in the main event of TLC is Kurt Angle, who wrestled in a WWE ring for the first time in 11 years. Angle is one of the all \-time greats, and even has an argument for GOAT depending on who you ask. While his age and broken body have slowed him down, the instincts that make him an all-timer haven't gone away one bit. For today's #MWM, I'll be talking about one of the last matches Angle had before his return to the WWE.

Following his departure from TNA/GFW/Impact (whatever they're calling themselves now), Angle had a small indie run around the UK, wrestling matches in RPW, ICW, and WCPW. His main opponent during this time was Cody Rhodes; however, for his last UK match, he went up against Alberto El Patron (del Rio for those of you who don't follow the indies).


This was built as a dream match, and for good reason. Angle and Patron wrestle somewhat similar styles, drawing on their amateur backgrounds to go for submissions. Given Angle's age and physical limitations, and Patron's tendency to be well, boring, this match could easily have fallen flat on its face. Instead, we got good effort from both men, with Angle showing that while he's definitely not what he used to be, he can still wrestle a damn good match given the right dance partner.

Watching this match made me feel good about Angle going into his match at TLC. He probably shouldn't have taken any of the harder bumps, but I'm sure he wrestled a damn good match given the quality of his opponents and tag partners.

What did you think of the match? Are you excited for Angle's return to a WWE ring? Leave a comment!

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Brandon Sy is a PhD student in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics currently based in Sydney. Since he wasn't allowed to watch wrestling as a kid, he's been overcompensating ever since. Despite being a huge fan of Japanese wrestling, he still holds a soft spot in his heart for WWE's Kane. He's good for recommending matches from pretty much anywhere, whether it be Japan, Europe, the US or Mexico. He'd be ecstatic if you watched Dragon Gate though.

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