Kurt Steven Angle is an American retired professional wrestler best known for his work with WWE and TNA. He is a former grand slam champion and a WWE and TNA Hall of Famer. Angle is regarded as one of the best wrestlers of our generation.
After his win at the Olympics, Angle began discussing a potential run as a professional wrestler. He began wrestling and worked on several dark matches and house shows while he was learning. In 1998, Kurt Angle made his television debut at Survivor Series by defeating Shawn Stasiak. Angle remained undefeated for several weeks before losing to a debuting Tazz at Royal Rumble.
In February, Angle won the Intercontinental and European Championship, which made him a double champion. At WrestleMania 2000, he lost both the titles to Chris Jericho and Chris Benoit. In June, Angle won the King of the Ring tournament and began feuding with Triple H. At SummerSlam, he faced The Rock and Triple H for the WWF Championship but failed to win. At No Mercy, Kurt Angle defeated The Rock to win his first WWF Championship.
In February, he lost the title back to The Rock. At WrestleMania XVII, Kurt Angle defeated Chris Benoit. During the Invasion storyline, Angle began feuding with Stone Cold. Following 9/11, Kurt Angle defeated Stone Cold to win his second WWF Championship. After losing the title, Kurt Angle faced Stone Cold at Vengeance but lost. In 2002, Kurt Angle defeated Kane at WrestleMania XVIII.
After being drafted to SmackDown, Angle began his rivalry with Edge. He lost the rivalry and lost a hair vs hair match against Edge. During an open challenge on SmackDown, Angle faced John Cena, which was the latter's debut. At SummerSlam, Kurt Angle defeated Rey Mysterio. In September, Angle and Benoit entered a tournament and won the WWE Tag Team Championship. At Survivor Series, they lost the title to Los Guerreros.
At Armageddon, Angle defeated Big Show to win his third WWE Championship and created a stable called Team Angle. At Royal Rumble, he defeated Chris Benoit. At WrestleMania XIX, Brock Lesnar defeated Kurt Angle for the WWE Championship. Angle took some time off and returned after a few months. At Vengeance, Kurt Angle won his fourth WWE Championship. In September, Angle lost the title back to Lesnar.
In 2004, Angle defeated John Cena and faced Eddie Guerrero. At WrestleMania XX, Angle lost to Guerrero. After Mania, Angle continued his feud with Guerrero, where he defeated him at SummerSlam. In November, Angle and Daniel Puder were involved in a real-life incident on SmackDown. Puder went off script and tried to break Angle's arm. In 2005, Kurt Angle entered the Royal Rumble but got eliminated by Shawn Michaels.
After the elimination, Angle viciously attacked Michaels, which began their rivalry. At WrestleMania XXI, Angle defeated Shawn Michaels. In 2005, Angle began his rivalry with Booker T and Sharmell. In 2005, they drafted Angle to RAW. He continued his feud with Michaels, where he lost. After a series of losses to John Cena, Angle took some time off.
In 2006, Angle returned to SmackDown and won the World Heavyweight Championship. At WrestleMania XXII, Rey Mysterio defeated Kurt Angle and Randy Orton. In May, they drafted Angle to ECW. At ECW One-Night Stand, he defeated Randy Orton. In August, Angle was released from his contract due to his health issues.
In October, Angle made his TNA debut and confronted Samoa Joe. At Genesis, Kurt Angle defeated Samoa Joe. At Lethal Lockdown, Team Angle defeated Team Christian. At Sacrifice, Angle became the first TNA World Heavyweight Champion. At Slammiversary, Angle won his second TNA World Heavyweight Championship. At Hard Justice, Angle won the X-Division and TNA World Tag Team Championships, making him a triple champion. By October, Angle lost all the titles except the heavyweight championship. At Bound for Glory, Sting defeated Angle to win the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.
After his neck injury, Kurt Angle returned to TNA and feuded with Jeff Jarrett and AJ Styles. In 2008, Angle lost to Jarrett due to interference by Mick Foley. Angle created a new stable called The Main Event Mafia with Kevin Nash, Booker T, Scott Steiner, and Sting. The stable consisted of former world champions. At Sacrifice, Sting became the new godfather of Main Event Mafia when he defeated Kurt Angle. At Slammiversary, Angle won his fourth world championship. After Slammiversary, they kicked Sting out of the stable. At Bound for Glory, Angle defeated Matt Morgan.
In 2009, Angle turned face by leaving the stable and focusing on the new generation of wrestlers. Throughout the year, Angle faced several opponents, such as Desmond Wolfe, Mr. Anderson, D'Angelo Dinero, and Douglas Williams. At Bound for Glory, he lost to Jeff Hardy, who joined Immortal. After the event, Angle began feuding with Jeff Jarrett. The storyline went on for months and the two faced each other on several PPVs, such as Genesis, Lockdown, Against All Odds, and Sacrifice. The feud concluded at Slammiversary when Angle defeated Jarrett.
At Hard Justice, Angle turned heel and won his fifth world championship. He aligned with Immortal to fight against Dixie Carter. At Bound for Glory, Angle defeated Bobby Roode. However, Angle lost to James Storm on Impact for the championship. In November, Angle returned and feuded against James Storm. Angle went after Immortal and faced some old rivals such as AJ Styles, Jeff Hardy, and Mr. Anderson. In May, Angle began teaming with AJ Styles. At Slammiversary, they defeated Daniels and Kazarian to win the tag team championship. At Bound for Glory, they faced Daniels and Kazarian and Hernandez and Chavo Guerrero but lost.
In 2013, Angle promised Aces and Eights to end their stable and reformed Main Event Mafia. The team consisted of Sting, Samoa Joe, Magnus, and Rampage Jackson. After defeating Aces and Eights, Angle took a hiatus. At Bound for Glory, Angle lost to Bobby Roode. In 2014, Angle put other stars such as EC3 and Magnus before becoming the Director of Operations for Impact. In 2015, Angle won his sixth world championship and lost it to EC3. After wrestling for a few months, Angle parted with the company.
During his time with TNA, Kurt Angle spent his time wrestling in Japan and won the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. After losing the title, Angle had wrestled sporadically for the promotion.
In 2017, Kurt Angle entered the Hall of Fame. The next night on RAW, Kurt Angle became the RAW General Manager. Angle was a part of a storyline with Jason Jordan, who was his illegitimate son. After several months, the storyline was dropped due to Jordan's retirement. In 2017, Angle wrestled at Survivor Series and TLC.
In 2018, he began his feud with Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. At WrestleMania 34, Kurt Angle and Ronda Rousey defeated Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. After Mania, he began his feud with Constable Corbin. The feud went on for a year before he faced Corbin in a singles match. At WrestleMania 35, he lost to Corbin and announced his retirement. Angle retired but made several sporadic appearances for the company.