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Remember When: A Pre-Undisputed Era Roderick Strong Took On Kurt Angle

For those of you waiting for Roderick Strong's WWE main roster debut, we regret to inform you that you've missed it by about 14 years.

We are currently living in an era of wrestling where WWE is finally acknowledging wrestlers who have been plying their trade for years. Wrestlers known the world over, but for some reason were not given a chance by WWE until recently. The likes of Daniel Bryan, Samoa Joe, and AJ Styles just to name a few.

As you will undoubtedly be well aware of, the three Superstars above continue to prove WWE made a mistake by not picking them up sooner. One of them is even the current WWE Champion. The most exciting part about all of this is that there are wrestlers with similar backgrounds currently working in NXT just waiting for their chance. One of those men is Roderick Strong.

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Despite beginning his career almost 20 years ago, and wowing crowds around the world, Strong was not signed by WWE until 2016. Since then he has wrestled exclusively for NXT, as well as the odd appearance on 205 Live. However, what you might not know is Strong has one match on SmackDown to his name. It didn't happen recently, though. It took place more than 14 years ago on January 13, 2005.

This was no throwaway match either. It was against WWE Hall Of Famer, Kurt Angle. Strong came to the ring to take on Angle as part of the Olympic gold medalist's 3-Minute Hometown Hero Challenge. Strong got things underway by slapping Angle across the face. Bad move. That only riled up the former WWE Champion and two minutes into the three, he made Strong tap to the ankle lock.

Strong was not under contract with WWE at the time and he would not wrestle for the company again until he signed for them in 2016. It will be interesting to see whether or not WWE references Strong's one-off appearance when he does eventually make the move from NXT to either Raw or SmackDown Live. If he comes up with the rest of Undisputed ERA, footage of him being manhandled by Angle probably wouldn't do much for his image.

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