“As long as I kept producing and impressing everybody, he was going to continue to push me”- Kurt Angle recalls Vince McMahon skyrocketing his WWE push

Kurt Angle recently revealed the major push he received during his initial phase in WWE

Kurt Angle on receiving major WWE push
Kurt Angle recently revealed that everybody got impressed by him initially in WWE

Kurt Angle is a retired amateur wrestler having a legendary career which spanned for over 20 years. He also represented his nation the United States of America at the 1996 Olympic Games held at Athens where he won the gold medal in 100 kg freestyle category. In 1999, Angle signed a contract with the World Wrestling Entertainment (then WWF).

Kurt Angle was seen as a completely different animal due to his dynamic and amateur wrestling capabilities. Although being shown on Television in March 1999, the Olympic Gold Medalist made his in-ring debut in November at Survivor Series later that year. He received first major signs of his success the very next year when he defeated Val Venis for the European Championship on the February 10, 2000 edition of WWE Smackdown. Well, it didn’t took long for Angle to win his next major title in WWE as he won the prestigious Intercontinental Championship two weeks later at No Way Out defeating Chris Jericho. Around 4 months later, he won the coveted King of the Ring tournament.

At the 2000 event, Angle first defeated Crash Holly in a semi-final match after pinning Holly after an Angle Slam advancing to the finals of the King of the Ring tournament. In the final round he defeated Rikishi after executing a top rope Belly-to-Belly suplex.

On the recent episode of The Kurt Angle show, the Former Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle recalled his time of getting a rocket push in WWE and getting crowned as the winner of King of the Ring tournament in the process. He said,

“I was told right after the previous pay-per-view. Vince McMahon was putting the rocket behind me. I was a rookie, and I won the European Championship, the Intercontinental Championship, and next in line was King of the Ring. As long as I kept producing and kept impressing everybody, he was going to continue to push me. This was my next accomplishment was to win King of the Ring.”

Angle revealed that as long as she kept impressing everybody by his work, he was going to get pushed in the same way moving forward. Following his major accomplishments in the year 2000, Angle gained new heights of success in the world of professional wrestling by not only staying in WWE as he also had a really successful career working in Total Nonstop Action (TNA).

He is also the 5th grand slam champion in WWE history. Angle won the WWE (then WWF) championship four times in addition to being a one time WCW champion plus he also held the World Heavyweight Championship 1 time in his illustrious WWE career.

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Kurt Angle had an underwhelming second run with WWE

Kurt Angle on receiving major WWE push
Kurt Angle returned to WWE in 2017

Angle was announced as the lead inductee into the 2017 WWE Hall of Fame Class. At Wrestlemania, he appeared alongside various other inductees including Teddy Long, Diamond Dallas Page, the Rock n Roll express and Beth Phoenix to receive the much deserved honour on the grand stage.

The very next night on Raw after Wrestlemania 2017, Vince McMahon announced Kurt Angle as the new General Manager of WWE Raw which was received by a massive pop from the WWE Universe. Angle made his in-ring return at the 2017 Tables, Ladders and Chairs pay-per-view event replacing Roman Reigns from his originally scheduled 5-on-3 handicap match alongside Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins.

Following this match, Kurt Angle also competed several times on WWE Raw against various new opponents with one of them being the Scottish Psychopath Drew McIntyre. Kurt got badly humiliation against McIntyre after the latter destroyed him. He even mocked Angle by putting him through his own Angle Lock. At Wrestlemania 35, Kurt Angle lost to Baron Corbin in his WWE retirement match.

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