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The Olympic Hero: 15 Things You Didn't Know About Kurt Angle

The wrestling promotion currently known as World Wrestling Entertainment has existed for over sixty years now and in that time it has gone from being a small time promoter, to a huge multi-million dollar company. In all that time, there have been dozens upon dozens of wrestlers who have performed within the ring for the fans and the McMahon family, and in every era, there have been wrestlers who have had certain gimmicks and/or skill-sets that have garnered the respect and adoration of the fans. The golden era had the likes of Hulk Hogan and Rowdy Roddy Piper, while the Attitude Era had The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin and Bret Hart, and the current era has John Cena, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins.

Kurt Angle is another wrestler who was adored by the fans, no matter if he was face or a heel. He was known for probably being the best technical wrestler on the roster because of his amateur wrestling background which saw him win gold at the Olympic Games in 1996 which led to a job with the WWE that lasted eight years until a disagreement caused both parties to part ways. He went on to join Total Nonstop Action wrestling, a promotion which he has spent the better part of nine years with, and because of the length of time he spent with TNA, wrestling fans believed he would never return to the WWE. Rumors have begun circulating though, that Angle is close to returning to WWE sometime this year, so it is only fitting that people get to know a few things about this gold medalist. Here is a list of 15 things you did not know about Kurt Angle.

15 He Initially Turned Down The WWE

via bleacherreport.com

14 He Wanted To Have Sting In The WWE

via itsrockinwrestling2.blogspot.com

13 He Had To Learn How To Win

via wikipedia.org

12 He Had To Try Out For WWE

via wwe.com

11 He Has Bad Mouthed The WWE

via forbes.com

10 He Bad Mouthed Dixie Carter While Working For TNA

via youtube.com

9 He Has Been Arrested For Drinking & Driving Four Times

via americaswhiteboy.com

8 He Wants To Be A Coach

via boomboom316.deviantart.com

7 He Has Been Sober For Three Years

via wrestlingnews.co

6 He Has Violated A Restraining Order

via ringthedamnbell.wordpress.com

5 He Was Almost In UFC

via cagepotato.com

4 He and Eddie Guerrero Got Into A Real Fight

via youtube.com

3 He Wants To End His Career In WWE

via wwe.com

2 His Work Could Have Killed Him

via ubertopic.com

1 He Says He Wasn’t That Good in The Olympics

via bleacherreport.com

Every wrestler has a gimmick, and every wrestler has something that catches the eye of a promoter, and in Kurt Angle’s case, both of those things revolved around the fact that he won an Olympic gold medal in the sport of wrestling. Angle’s win came during the 1996 summer Olympics in Atlanta, and as the story goes, he did in fact accomplish this feat while wrestling with a broken neck. What makes this medal win truly surprising is the fact that Angle has gone on record stating that he was not really good at wrestling at the time of his win, in fact he has said that he was “just starting to get the hang of wrestling” when the 1996 Olympics came around. This is a truly extraordinary thing for an athlete to admit to, especially when that athlete has gone on to become a professional wrestler whose entire career revolves around the fact that he was perceived to have been, at the time, one of the best pure wrestlers in the world.

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