Between WWF/WWE, Japan and TNA, Kurt Angle has won 21 total championships. He is the only pro-wrestler in history to have won the WWE Championship, WWE's World Heavyweight Championship, the WCW Championship, the TNA World Heavyweight Championship and the IGF's IWGP Heavyweight Championship.
Angle is also the only person to have been King of the Ring and King of the Mountain, as well as to have held both the WWE and TNA Triple Crowns. He has headlined numerous pay-per-view events for WWF/WWE and TNA, including both WrestleMania and Bound for Glory.
In 2004, the Wrestling Observer Newsletter inducted Angle into its Hall of Fame and later named him "Wrestler of the Decade" for the 2000s. He is considered one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time. In a long interview with Chicago Tribune, Angle discussed joining wrestling after the Olympics: “For a good five years I was the best there was.
I was their workhorse. It was really cool to be able to transition and be as good in sports entertainment as I was in Olympic wrestling. I had a lot of people from amateur wrestling (were) telling me not to do it because it was degrading.
After WWE came out of the closet in the late 1990s and said, ‘This is entertainment. We’re not wrestling. We’re our own entity,’ I thought it was a good opportunity to step in and show others you can cross over into something else and it’s not going to affect your previous accomplishments. It’s only going to make them better”.