In an illustrious career decorated with extraordinary feats, Kurt Angle, the WWE Hall of Famer, has engaged in legendary duels with some of the greatest wrestling stars, including Steve Austin, The Rock, Triple H, The Undertaker, and Hulk Hogan.
Recently, on his podcast, The Kurt Angle Show, the celebrated Olympic Gold Medalist named his two most cherished rivalries and expounded why they held such significance. In 1998, Kurt Angle embarked on a prodigious journey with WWE after an impressive triumph at the 1996 Olympics in Freestyle Wrestling.
His journey kicked off with a bang as he quickly ascended the ladder, capturing the European and Intercontinental Championships. After engaging in memorable feuds with Chris Jericho, Triple H, and Rikishi, Angle stood toe to toe with The Rock, securing his first WWE Championship at No Mercy 2000.
Kurt Angle Unforgettable WWE Rivalries
Angle's time in WWE is fondly remembered for his perfect blend of wrestling prowess and unique comedic promos. His epic rivalries with Shane McMahon, Eddie Guerrero, The Undertaker, and John Cena, culminated in a gripping feud with Shawn Michaels, which peaked in an unforgettable showdown at WrestleMania 21.
Angle singled out his two most favored feuds among a star-studded list of adversaries. He held in high esteem his storyline with Brock Lesnar, whom he admired for his exceptional athleticism. "Brock is an incredible athlete," Angle confessed on his podcast.
"Everything he sets his mind to, he excels. If he chose to join the NBA today, he'd probably succeed. BROCK HAS BEEN PHENOMENAL from WWE to NFL and then to MMA, where he became UFC Champion." Lesnar's journey back to WWE, where he eventually reclaimed the WWE Championship, demonstrated his undeniable talent.
Despite a grueling encounter with Lesnar at WrestleMania XIX and their subsequent rematch in the summer of 2003, Angle candidly admitted, "Whatever he touches is going to turn to gold." However, his admiration for Lesnar did not prevent Angle from expressing his disappointment at Lesnar's abrupt exit from WWE, dubbing him "an idiot." Embraced in a fierce feud with Cody Rhodes, Lesnar exemplifies his tremendous athletic prowess with every performance.
Despite a broken arm sustained by Lesnar at Night of Champions, Rhodes continues his fight, showcasing the indomitable spirit that defines WWE.