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Kurt Angle Is Hall of Fame Bound

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Kurt Angle Is Hall of Fame Bound

“Oh, it’s true, it’s DAMN TRUE”, as per Monday, the WWE has announced that former WWE World Champion and 1996 Olympic gold medalist, Kurt Angle, will be headed to the WWE Hall of Fame.

The soon to be Hall of Famer will be joining the ranks of Ric Flair, Ricky Steamboat, Ernie Ladd and Hulk Hogan, to name a few, is slated to be the headliner of this year’s class, debuted in the company at the 1999 edition of Survivor Series, defeating Sean Stasiak.

Debuting for the company just three years after winning Olympic gold during the 1996 Summer Olympics in the freestyle wrestling heavyweight class (198-220 lbs), where he defeated Iranian competitor Abbas Jadidi. Shortly after the Olympics, he was offered a contract from the then World Wrestling Federation, only to turn it down.


Around October of that year, he was invited by Shane Douglas to attend a taping of ECW, during one of their premier events, named “High Incident”.  It was there that he took part in the event, doing guest commentary and was interviewed at the show, but would leave after the infamous crucifixion of The Sandman by Raven.

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Angle would realize incredible success in the WWE, amassing six world title reigns, an Intercontinental title reign (along with a European championship reign, which happened simultaneously), winning the King of the Ring, the Hardcore title, and Tag titles one time with Chris Benoit.

He would leave the company in 2006, after asking for his release, and would later sign with TNA, where he would repeat the success he had in the WWE, six world title reigns, Tag title reign, X-Division championship, which would lead to him being inducted into the TNA Hall of Fame in 2014.

During his time in TNA, fans of the WWE would wonder when he would grace the squared-circle of the WWE again, although, there was never any talk of it. However, in a March interview with “The World According to Wrestling”, Angle said he would be open to returning to the company at some point, saying:

“Well, for one, I don’t want to go back right now. Two, between 2008 and 2013, I got four DUIs. As a publicly traded company, it doesn’t matter if you’re Kurt Angle, Stone Cold Steve Austin or The Undertaker, when you get involved in that kind of trouble consistently, that’s the last thing they need. So when I did try and go back a year and a half ago, I think they were thinking “Let’s see how he pans out, let’s see if he can stay clean, let’s see if he got his shit together” so I think that’s part of it. I don’t blame them for that. I actually knew ahead of time that they were most likely going to say no. And I knew it was because of my own actions. But being clean now for three years and abiding by what I have to, I know that there will come a time where I will go back.”

But, once the news broke, the Olympic Hero couldn’t wait to share the news with wrestling fans, tweeting:


In a statement released by’s Bobby Melok, Triple H said:

“[Angle’s] accomplishments both in the Olympics and WWE were extraordinary, he was one of the most gifted athletes to ever enter the ring, and we are honored to welcome him into the WWE Hall of Fame.”

With the induction, it would be a career coming full circle for Kurt Angle, from a grand introduction at one of the WWE’s big four pay-per-views, to being immortalized in the Hall of Fame, it was one incredible ride for the Olympic Hero, and all of us who have watched his amazing career.

It’s True, It’s Damn True.

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