Wrestling Origins: Kurt Angle

Wrestling Origins: Kurt Angle

Kurt Angle truly is among the best professional
wrestlers to ever get in the ring. He’s often underrated when it comes to all-time
greats, but his combination of intensity, integrity, and intelligence are why he’s
in the upper echelon of professional wrestlers. With the Olympian finally making his return
to WWE, what better time for Wrestling Origins: Kurt Angle! Kurt Steven Angle was born on December 9th,
1968, in Mt. Labanon, Pennsylvania. Kurt grew up with 5 siblings, while his father
unfortunately was killed in a construction accident when Angle was just 16. Kurt was an athlete from the very beginning. By the age of 7, Kurt was already taking up
amateur wrestling. When he was in high school, Kurt earned accolades
in both football and wrestling. He would go undefeated on the freshman wrestling
team, and would eventually become the Pennsylvania State Wrestling champion in 1987. After he graduated from high school, Kurt
would attend the Clarion University of Pennsylvania and continued to wrestle. He became a two time NCAA Division 1 Champion,
national runner-up in 1991, and three time NCAA Division 1 All-American just to name
some of his accomplishments. He would keep racking up the championship
wins, and after graduating from college, he began training for the Olympics. However, just before the 1996 Olympic Trials,
Kurt would break his neck pretty bad. Angle didn’t want to give up on his Olympic
ambitions though, so instead of pulling out, he had his doctor pump his neck full of numbing
agents. Because he was competing at the Olympic level,
he couldn’t take any painkillers, so the best he could do was numb his neck to the
point he couldn’t feel a thing. With his broken neck and all, Kurt would win
a gold medal in the 1996 Olympics in the heavyweight division. After his big win, Kurt was offered a contract
by WWF which he turned down. He wouldn’t enter the world of professional
wrestling until 1998 when he competed in a battle royal in National Wrestling Alliance. Following that, Kurt Angle signed a multi-year
contract with WWF and was sent to Power Pro Wrestling to begin training. As many sources have said, Kurt Angle picked
up professional wrestling like nobody else. With his amateur wrestling background and
pure athleticism, Kurt became an adept pro wrestler in just a few months. Kurt trained from October 1998 to March 1999
when he made his first appearance for WWF when he did a segment with Tiger Singh. His first WWF match would be a dark match
against Brian Christopher in April of 1999. He would continue training and working in
PPW for most of the year, even winning a championship during that time, until he was finally called
up in November of 1999 at Survivor Series where he defeated Shawn Stasiak. Angle would rack up wins from the start while
donning his “American Hero” gimmick which was inspired by his Olympic endeavors. However, Angle wasn’t really liked by fans
when he first debuted. He was actually booed quite heavily, so WWF
decided to turn him heel instead. Angle would quickly win the European and Intercontinental
Championships in February of 2000, but lost them both at WrestleMania 2000. Next, Kurt would align with Edge & Christian
to form Team ECK before feuding with Triple H after a love triangle formed between them
and Stephanie McMahon, but ultimately lost. However, he followed that up with another
push which put him against The Rock at No Mercy where he won the WWF Championship. He would retain the title on multiple occasions
against the likes of The Undertaker and Triple H before finally losing it back to The Rock
after 126 days. Next, he feuded with Chris Benoit with the
two trading wins over one another before Angle ultimately came out victorious. As part of The Invasion angle, Kurt aligned
with Stone Cold Steve Austin as part of team WWF. However, Austin would turn on his team and
hit Kurt with a stunner. Over the next little while, Kurt would notably
win the WCW Championship, WCW United States Championship, and the WWF Hardcore Championship. He would also feud with Stone Cold over the
WWF Championship, helped The Rock defeat Austin and The Alliance after turning heel, and feuded
with Edge during which he lost a hair versus hair match. In October of 2002, Kurt would become the
fifth WWE Grand Slam Champion after winning the WWE Tag Team belts with Chris Benoit. After dropping those titles, Kurt would win
his third WWE Championship from the Big Show. This led immediately into his feud with Brock
Lesnar who had won the Royal Rumble, and Angle would drop the title to him at WrestleMania
19, which was followed by time off to heal injuries. Speaking of injuries, Kurt has broken his
neck 4 times during his professional wrestling career. He had it surgically repaired twice, but simply
let it heal the other times. It’s also worth mentioning that throughout
his career, Kurt struggled with addiction. Angle says that at one point in his career,
he was taking 65 Vicodin pills a day, nearly 2000 a month, to deal with pain. For reference, the recommended dosage is just
2 tablets every 6 hours. Kurt struggled with drug addiction after he
left WWE as well, but after a long, hard battle, he finally got clean and still is to this
day. If you want to know more about his battle
with drugs, I recommend listening to him on the Stone Cold Podcast, it really shows how
much this man suffered and endured to keep performing for the fans. Back to wrestling: when he returned a few
months later, Angle would regain the WWE Championship after defeating Brock Lesnar and Big Show
in a Triple Threat match. Lesnar would seemingly become an ally to Kurt
following this, but eventually turned on him with the help of Mr. McMahon. Angle would retain the belt at Summerslam
against Brock, but eventually lost it on SmackDown. After that, Angle would feud with Eddie Guerrero. Angle would become number one contender for
Eddie’s newly won WWE Championship and competed against him at WrestleMania 20, but lost. He once again broke his neck during that match,
so instead of being written off completely, he would serve as the SmackDown General Manager
for a few months. By 2005, Angle was back in the ring competing
and began feuding with Shawn Michaels. Sexy Kurt would go on to defeat HBK at WrestleMania
21 in an amazing match that won the PWI Match of the Year award. After a comical feud with Eugene and a failed
attempt at John Cena’s WWE Championship, Kurt would return to SmackDown in 2006 to
win a battle royal for the World Heavyweight Championship. He controversially retained against The Undertaker
and went on to WrestleMania 22 as champion, but shockingly dropped the title to Rey Mysterio
in a triple threat match also involving Randy Orton. As 2006 went on, Angle would begin appearing
less frequently on TV until he finally requested his release on August 25th. He says that he was simply too hurt to wrestle
and needed time off which wasn’t being given to him, so WWE agreed and let Angle go after
his last match in ECW with Sabu. In September of 2006, it was announced that
Kurt Angle had signed with TNA and made his debut by confronting Samoa Joe. His first match would take place in November
when he defeated Abyss, and he went on to end Samoa Joe’s undefeated streak soon after. This was followed by a feud with Christian
Cage which had Angle eventually winning the new TNA World Heavyweight Championship. This was followed by a winner take all match
with Samoa Joe, landing Angle both tag team belts and the X Division Championship, making
him a triple champion. After returning from another neck injury,
Angle would feud with AJ Styles with AJ eventually coming out on top. From there, Kurt would feud with Jeff Jarrett,
formed the Main Event Mafia consisting of former WCW stars, and failed to recapture
the TNA World Heavyweight Championship from AJ Styles on multiple occasions. It’s worth noting that from 2007 to 2009,
Kurt would also wrestle over in New Japan where he most notably defeated Brock Lesnar
for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. He would retain the title 3 times before losing
to Shinsuke Nakamura in a title unification match. In 2009, Angle would appear at Wrestle Kingdom
III and took part in an 8-man tag match, and would have his final match in Japan against
Hiroshi Tanahashi in a losing effort for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. Over the next few years, Kurt would continue
working as a top star in TNA. He had notable feuds against Mr. Anderson,
Dixie Carter, and Jeff Hardy, winning multiple championships during this time as well. He would bring back the Main Event Mafia in
2012 for a while too, before taking time off to get a handle on his drug problems through
rehab. When he came back, he feuded with Bobby Roode
before eventually becoming TNA’s Executive Director of Wrestling Operations. He would continue serving in this role until
his contract with TNA expired in late 2014. He reportedly reached out to WWE at this time
hoping to land either a part-time wrestling contract of full-time gig in a similar type
of management role, but WWE reportedly turned him down on both fronts. Because of that, Angle decided to stay with
TNA. Once again returning to in-ring action, Angle
would win the TNA World Heavyweight Championship for a record-breaking 6th time from Bobby
Lashley, and would retain it on multiple occasions against Lashley, Eric Young, Rockstar Spud,
and Austin Aries, before finally losing to Ethan Carter III. Soon after, Kurt announced that he was done
with TNA and announced his “Farewell Tour” which included matches against Drew Galloway,
Matt Hardy, Bobby Roode, and his final match with Bobby Lashley. Following his departure from Impact Wrestling,
Kurt would begin working on the independent circuit. He notably competed against and lost to Rey
Mysterio, defeated Cody Rhodes in WCPW, and defeated Alberto el Patron in WCPW as well. Most recently, Kurt Angle was officially inducted
into the WWE Hall of Fame by John Cena where he gave an awesome speech before being named
the General Manager of RAW by Vince McMahon after WrestleMania 33. And that was Wrestling Origins: Kurt Angle. Since Kurt has had such a long career I had
to cut some things out, so if I left out anything important, let me know below. Anyways if you enjoyed the video the maybe
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100 thoughts on “Wrestling Origins: Kurt Angle

  1. greatest wrestler ever to actually wrestle shit I'm not talking WWE I'm talking legit wrestling most underrated talker though

  2. He also had dark matches against Owen Hart. I never liked Kurt back then but I do now because I missed him.

  3. what about him and that incident with ECW and the crucifix angle between raven and his flocks and the sandman, and when he was against the wwe vs ecw and his time with wwe ecw

  4. I have an issue with the 2nd line "often underrated". who the hell has ever underrated Kurt angle as one of the all time greats. he is the all time greatest in my opinion


  6. Kurt Angle is a Legend in this business. Throughout his 30+ year career, he has been a 13-time World Champion, 1-time WWF Intercontinental Champion, 1-time WWE Tag Team Champion, 1-time WWF European Champion, 6-time TNA World Heavyweight Champion, mulitiple time TNA Tag Team Champion, 1-time WWF Hardcore Champion, etc. A true Legend!

  7. His WrestleMania match against Shawn Michaels was as near to perfect as a match can get. That was a true dream match and they actually managed to live up to the expectations. I've watched it countless times, and will watch it many more.

  8. He did not ultimately come out victorious against Benoit during that time their last match together was an ultimate(iron man like) submission match which Benoit won

  9. you never mention the incident in ECW before he went to WWF and you also clearly don't understand that he was meant to be a heel.

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