Kurt Angle


Kurt Angle

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Height: 6'
Weight: 240 pounds
From: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Finishing Move: The Angle Slam

Kurt Angle is regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestlers in the world. He is a two-time NCAA national champion wrestler, three-time NCAA All-American and he won an Olympic gold medal at the 1996 Atlanta Games. A multi-time TNA World Heavyweight Champion, Kurt Angle has been dominant in every organization he has been a part of and Angle turned the world of professional wrestling upside down by signing with TNA in 2006. TNA Wrestling fans voted this as the greatest acquisition in TNA history.

Angle has continued to build upon his unmatched reputation for giving everything he has in the ring during his time in TNA, most notably feuding with “The Samoan Submission Machine” Samoa Joe, “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles and TNA Founder Jeff Jarrett. With his time in TNA, Kurt Angle has become the second Triple Crown champion in TNA, winning the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, the TNA Tag Team Championship and the TNA X Division Championship.
Recently, Kurt Angle stepped in as the official spokesperson to spearhead TNA’s Save Olympic Wrestling campaign petitioning to reinstate wrestling as an Olympic sport for the 2020 Olympic Games. On Feb. 12, 2013, the International Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced “25 Core Sports” for the 2020 Olympic Games, dropping one of the original Olympic sports: wrestling. Angle geared up against this decision and organized a battalion of like minds to save this Olympic sport.

- 1996 Summer Olympic Gold Medalist – Atlanta, GA
- Multi-time World Heavyweight Champion
- Wrestled in college
- One of only four people in the world to complete the Grand Slam in amateur wrestling (Junior Nationals, NCAAs, World Championships and the Olympics)
- Filmography: Singlet - The Dana Kelly Story (2014), Pain & Gain (2013), Beyond the Mat (2013), The Lighthouse (2012), Death from Above (2012), Warrior (2011), River of Darkness (2011), Dylan Dog: Dead of Night (2010) and End Game (2009)

 

WWE Bio

Kurt Angle’s intensity was unmatched; his technical wrestling skills unparalleled. Possessing an unprecedented competitive streak that fueled him to become a 1996 Olympic gold medalist, Angle dominated the amateur ranks before emerging as one of the most successful WWE Superstars of all time.

Simply put, Kurt Angle was a Wrestling Machine.

Starting his athletic career as a football and wrestling star in his hometown of Pittsburgh, he soon became one of the top amateur wrestlers in the entire country, winning a pair of NCAA titles at Clarion University. But Angle truly captured national attention in 1996 when he won the 220-pound freestyle wrestling competition at the Olympic Games in Atlanta with a broken neck.

His raw athleticism earned him an opportunity to try out with the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers, but wrestling was The Olympic Hero’s true passion.

Four years after earning Olympic gold, Angle entered WWE and immediately became one of the most competitive individuals to set foot in the squared circle. Just weeks after his debut, Angle, who preached the virtues of his three I’s (Intensity, Integrity and Intelligence), won the European Championship.

Shortly thereafter, he captured the Intercontinental Championship and was crowned as King of the Ring in 2000. With momentum propelling the red, white and blue–clad grappler to new heights, he defeated The Rock at No Mercy to win his first WWE Championship.

A true testament to Angle’s passion and fortitude came in 2003. A mere week after being defeated by Brock Lesnar for the WWE Title at WrestleMania XIX, The Olympic Hero underwent a career-threatening neck surgery. Amazingly, Angle returned a short time later and in July 2003 at Vengeance — just 14 weeks after the operation — he made Lesnar tap out, reclaiming the WWE Title.

During his tenure in WWE, The Wrestling Machine tussled with the greatest Superstars of The Attitude Era, including “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, The Rock, The Undertaker, Triple H and Big Show and even battled John Cena in the Cenation leader’s debut. But it’s the Olympic gold medalist’s WrestleMania 21 bout against Shawn Michaels that stands as not only Angle’s best match, but also maybe the best WWE match ever.

Angle left WWE in 2006, but his seven years in WWE certainly raised the level of competitiveness for the entire WWE roster and left the WWE Universe with memories of some of the greatest bouts of all time. Oh it’s true, it’s true.

 

Kurt Angle and Ric Flair

 

In 1996, Kurt Angle was the first American Olympic Gold Medallist ever to win the 220-pound weight class. Angle has more than 23 years of wrestling experience with over 200 crushing pins under his belt. He has also won the "Worlds" Championship in 1995 and 1994 "US OPEN".

Angle now works with World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc., where his new role is "The Most Celebrated First Real Athlete in WWE History".

In addition to being a WWE Superstar, Angle is a spokesperson and marketing consultant for Protos Foods Inc., GNC and a few other sport nutrition companies.

Due to his strong public appeal, Angle has been a featured guest on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Conan O’Brien Show and on MTV.

Angle graduated from Clarion University in 1992 where he received his B. S. in Geography.

Kurt still resides in Pittsburgh, PA.

 

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