Roderick Strong pays tribute to Kurt Angle

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Roderick Strong pays tribute to Kurt Angle

Kurt Angle has wrestled with a large number of wrestlers during his long WWE career, as well as helping many young talents to show off. The career of the former Olympic gold medalist ended at WrestleMania 35, also thanks to the physical problems that slowed him down in the last juncture of his memorable race.

Angle would have liked John Cena as an opponent before retiring, but his dream didn't materialize. So it was Baron Corbin's turn, certainly not the epilogue of dreams for one of the most popular stars of the modern era.

Among the guys who are most grateful to him is Roderick Strong, current star of NXT. The latter began his career in 2000, participating in an episode of SmackDown five years later. At the time, Angle was engaged in the famous '3-minute Hometown Hero challenge', in which he enjoyed challenging unknown local talent in a 3-minute match.

One of those opponents was a very young Roderick Strong, who managed to resist for almost two minutes before giving up.

Roderick Strong on Kurt Angle

"It was a fantastic experience" - reminded Roderick Strong to the microphones of Fightful.

“The funniest thing is that I only went there to see Molly Holly perform in my hometown. The show took place in Tampa if I remember correctly. Then they told me if I wanted to fight Kurt Angle and I said it was okay. You cannot back down from such an opportunity.

That small segment with Angle still remains one of the highlights of my career today, I was sorry that Kurt and I were never able to work together in the following years” - he continued. Roderick Strong signed with WWE in 2016, joining the 'Black and Gold' brand.

His career exploded when he joined the 'Undisputed Era', having won the North American Championship and the Tag Team Championship twice under that faction's colors. Strong then became the leader of a new group, which took the name of 'The Diamond Mine'

The WWE Hall of Famer was a recent guest on the Wrestling Perspective Podcast where he delved into his move from WWE to TNA in 2006, and the success he enjoyed in the promotion. “I actually had a better career there,” said Kurt Angle.

“I hate to admit it because WWE was the big company, but I got better. I was only in the business for six and a half years when I switched to TNA, and that was the prime of my career. I mean, my matches with Samoa Joe, Sting, AJ Styles, Bobby Roode, all those guys, I had a really great career there."