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Kurt Angle exclusive: Tyson Fury can be a superstar in the WWE - if he fully commits

WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle discusses the newly-crowned WBC heavyweight champion of the world Tyson Fury and what he needs to do to transition from the ring to the squared circle.

Tyson Fury may have only just re-conquered the world of heavyweight boxing, but WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle believes the Gypsy King has a future in wrestling.

Fury beat Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas on Saturday night to win the WBC heavyweight championship, completing arguably one of the greatest comebacks in sporting history in the process.

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Five years after suffering a breakdown that left him depressed, overweight and on the verge of suicide, the 31-year-old dismantled the previously undefeated Wilder to return to the summit of the heavyweight division.

A few weeks before Fury and Wilder's blockbuster rematch, BTSport.com caught up with former WWE champion Angle to consider what life holds for the Gypsy King after he eventually hangs up his gloves.

Saturday night's remarkable performance drew plaudits from WWE greats past and present and Angle believes the WBC champion can become a 'great wrestler' if he decides to pursue a career in the squared circle.

The two-time world heavyweight champion has already tried his hand at the sports entertainment and has refused to rule out returning to the squared circle.

Fury won in his first WWE competition this past October, defeating Braun Strowman in Saudi Arabia.

Speaking a few weeks before Fury's rematch with Wilder, Angle said: "Vince McMahon really likes him and he did adjust well and put on a great performance.

"But the performance he put on was great for a guy that doesn’t wrestle.

"For him to be in the WWE full-time you’re talking about spending 300 days a year on the road.

"I don’t see someone like Tyson doing that, but if he does that’s great and I think he’ll have a lot of success.

"But I think Tyson wants to do something part-time... Wrestlemania, Survivor Series, Summerslam, Royal Rumble and maybe a few of the Saudi Arabia tours.

"He’s fine doing that but the thing is he won’t get much better than he is now."

If Fury is serious about pursuing a second career in wrestling, Angle suggested the 6ft 9in brawler may benefit from a stint in NXT, the WWE's breeding ground for next-generation talent.

"What the company will do two weeks prior to event is teach him everything from A-Z every day until he has it," he said.

"So there won’t be any improvisation and that’s not easy to do but it’s a lot easier than the methods we do.

"But if we wants to be serious and go full time he’s got to go on NXT, or at least go to the facility and have someone train him one-on-one– if he’s willing to do that I think he will be ready in a year.

"If he’s just himself and does what he does normally in boxing then he’ll be fine. They won’t be able to give him a character and they don’t need to.

"It’s really up to Tyson. How far he wants to commit: if he commits fully I think he’ll be a great wrestler, if he commits part time he’ll do okay and he’ll have good performances but he won’t steal the show."

When previously pressed on his ambitions for a career in wrestling, Fury said: "I've got a big fella called Deontay Wilder to see to [on] February 22nd, and we'll see where we go to from there."

An all-British world heavyweight unification fight against IBF, WBO and WBA world champion Anthony Joshua will also be in Fury's sights, after which point a new life in sports entertainment could beckon. 

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