Kurt Angle is the only wrestler in history to have held the WWE Championship, WWE World Heavyweight Championship, WCW World Heavyweight Championship, TNA World Heavyweight Championship (six-kingdom record) and the IWGP Third Belt Championship.
He was also a world wrestling champion in 1995, in the heavyweight category, and Olympic champion at the 1996 Atlanta games in the same speciality. He was inducted into the TNA Hall of Fame and the WWE Hall of Fame and is considered by many.
The most technical fighter of all time on a par with Chris Benoit. Gifted with great charisma, in 2010 he was elected by the Wrestling Observer Newsletter as the best wrestler of the 21st century.
Kurt Angle "freaked out" during the match
On the latest edition of 'Ask Kurt Anything' on AdFreeShows.com, Kurt Angle revealed that his favorite non-WWE match was against Yuji Nagata for NJPW in 2008.
Angle has had several five-star matches outside WWE, but this was the best. Kurt Angle faced Nagata in a singles match for the Third Generation IWGP Heavyweight Championship at Wrestle Kingdom II at the Tokyo Dome in January 2008.
The show had many TNA/IMPACT Wrestling wrestlers and was aired as 'Global Impact!' in the United States. "Oh, man! I had some great ones in TNA, but I do have to say, Yuji Nagata, New Japan Pro Wrestling, I believe 2008.
One of my best performances of all time. What's crazy is Yuji, and I never worked together. We never locked horns before that day. That was the first time we ever touched each other, and the chemistry was unreal," Angle said.
"His facial expressions and his selling were out of this world. It reminded me a lot of Undertaker when Undertaker, his eyes would go up to his head. When Yuji Nagata, when I had a submission hold on him, he put his eyes up in his head, it just kind of freaked me out.
I was like, 'Wow, this guy is doing the full monty.' I mean, he is doing everything! So, he pulls out all stops. Our technique was just incredibly good. We just had great chemistry, and the whole match flowed... It was definitely my best match I did in Japan and definitely my best match outside of WWE," Angle declared.
During the most recent edition of 'Ask Kurt Anything' on AdFreeShows.com, Kurt Angle revealed that he contacted Bret Hart about a match offer for WrestleMania 18. Angle was willing to do all the work in the match, and he believed that the bout with the Hart Foundation Legend at WrestleMania had all the makings of being a five-star affair.