Whether or not this comes as a shock to those reading this, it definitely surprised the Olympic gold medalist himself when he was informed that he does not get to choose who will be the person to induct him into the WWE Hall of Fame when he headlines the 2017 ceremony.
Angle spoke with Live Audio Wrestling about several topics, his Hall of Fame induction included, and says it's still uncertain who is going to be doing the honors. Kurt had previously told SI.com that he'd prefer "Stone Cold" Steve Austin be the man to deliver the speech, but he's since amended that list by adding a few additional names.
"Honestly, I don't know. I always thought that you got to pick. I do believe that WWE will listen to you and listen to who you would like to induct you but overall, I think they pick. I'm okay with that, I think they know who I like and who I had great programs with and who I got along with the most. I always throw out there, I hope it's either Austin, Undertaker, Brock Lesnar or John Cena so I would imagine it's one of those four but I don't know yet."
You can pretty much scratch two of those people off the list immediately. The Undertaker refuses to break character these days, even staying with his gimmick during Paul Bearer's posthumous induction in 2014, so I can't see him giving a speech for Angle.
Brock Lesnar is the other unlikely option on Kurt's list, as he's made no secret his disdain for public speaking, and basically just the public in general. I doubt he'd make an exception, even for someone he respects as much as Kurt and would likely outright refuse the offer were it extended to him.
This leaves Austin or Cena as the two most likely choices from Angle's preferred candidates, and both of those are reasonable choices I could easily see WWE going with. For what it's worth, Austin is probably more likely as he was tied much closer to Kurt throughout his career than Cena was.
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