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Top 10 moments: Kurt Angle's career

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As many of you may know, Kurt Angle is going into the Hall of Fame in October. It is time to hype this up with blog posts dedicating this top 10 and the next one to 1 of the great in ring performers the wrestling business has ever seen. The first 1 is top 10 moments which will give me time to look back at old tapes and do some research before the next top 10. The next top 10 will be the 10 best matches which will obviously be hard with all the classics he has had over the years. It is a challenge I'm willing to accept. Both top 10s will feature both TNA and WWE matches/moments. So here you go, Kurt Angle's top 10 moments:

HM: Eurocontinental champion 00; winning King of the Ring 00; Funny Raw moments; Formation of MEM; "Headbutt heard around the world" Impact debut

10.Misses Moonsault Raw 01-One of the best and most memorable moments not only in Kurt Angle's career, but in Raw history. The night he faced off with Chris Benoit inside a steel cage. He went for a moonsault on top of the cage, but missed. The moment received an award at Raws 10th anniversary show.
9.Winning the world title Smackdown 06-At the time, Kurt Angle was part of the Raw roster. It was shocking moment as he was the last participant into the battle royal to crown a new world champion after Batista had to forfeit due to injury. A Raw exclusive superstar shows up to Smackdown, competes vs the Smackdown roster for the world title, and leaves with the strap. Yes, crazy unique moment in history of Kurt Angle!
8.Defeating the streak Genesis 06-What is the streak? Undertaker? No, before Samoa "Job" Joe came about. TNA had him debut as the samoan submission machine. His song, the reaction from the crowd, the intensity he brought into the ring was tremendous. At the time, he was never pinned or submitted for like 2 years in TNA. The confrontation he had with Angle on the first night was a top moment in the history of TNA. It led to Angle's first ppv match vs Joe. Angle defeated him to end the streak. Great match that led to several great battles between the two. Probably the greatest feud either has ever had in their careers.
7.Retains 6 man HIAC 00-People look at rookie years and think Taker, Lesnar, among others. However, Kurt Angle in my eyes accomplished a lot in just 1 year. Winning the IC and European titles holding them at the same time, go on to win King of the Ring, main event Summerslam, win the WWF title, and win the only 6 man hell in a cell. Include it or not, win the only 6 man hell in a cell that featured Rock, Austin, HHH, Taker, and Rikishi. 5 of the 6 men are multi time world champions and future Hall of Famers.
6.TNA Hall of Famer 13-Some may have thought this would be #1. Hell, I thought it would be too until I started thinking about it. What is a TNA Hall of Famer? I don't believe anyone will know until someone in TNA that wasn't a big time WWE or WCW star gets inducted. What does it mean to get inducted? Hell, I'm still wondering what WWE's hall of fame means to get inducted.
5."1st" TNA world champion 07-I hate the fact when you try to look back at TNA history, it only goes back to 07. Great champions like AMW, Triple X, among other names are left off like they didn't exist. They talk about TNA being around since 02, but don't have history books to prove it for tag team and world titles. I know they were partnered with NWA, but it was still defended at TNA events in front of TNA fans. It is like since they got a big fish like Angle and Hogan, they are embarrassed of their history or something. That is how I feel when I struggle trying to look up TNA history. That is why it as #5 instead of closer to the top. I put it in quotes because it is a joke.
4.Winning all the gold Hard Justice 07-1 could say it should be on top because no one, I repeat no one, I at least hope not will win all the gold in TNA again.
3.1st WWF title win No Mercy 00-Defeating The Rock at No Mercy was simply icing on the cake of accomplishments he had accomplished in his rookie year. Achieved everything a wrestler could achieve basically which is why his rookie year was one of the best ever. .
2.Winning 2nd WWF title Unforgiven 01-Why 2nd title win over 1st? He was a fan favorite and the moment he won with friends + family in the ring as he held up the WWF title after beating Alliance member Stone Cold Steve Austin. I was scratching my head as to why it ended so soon. In any case, great moment probably top moment in his career. I look at it as the biggest victory he ever had in the WWF and TNA.
1."The Announcement"No Surrender 06-To me the biggest moment in his career was when he made the jump to TNA. That was a big decision to be really the first big star to jump to TNA from WWE when he was a top talent on the roster. Many were speculating it was Goldberg, but it wasn't. It was the WRESTLING MACHINE Kurt Angle!! So it ended up being a big surprise to everyone including WWE officials. LOL! To make the jump was a big career change going to a smaller company on a smaller stage in front of a smaller audience. Kurt has virtually led TNA since he arrived. Just shows after reading this that he is truly a Hall of Famer and one of the best this business has ever seen.

There you have it!! Kurt Angle's top 10 moments in his career. Like or dislike my top 10? What is your top 10? Agree with top moment? Leave that and more in the comment section below.

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  1. Kajmere's Avatar
    Yeah, I know a lot of fuck ups that win gold medals and make millions of dollars. No one is perfect, most wrestlers have done drugs at some point to be fair, Kurt just got caught more times. Also, you said there's "no chance" Kurt would go to TNA if he could stay with WWE? That is untrue. He was able to still make a shitload of money in TNA and do it on a schedule that better fit his lifestyle, and continue to be the top dog. Cena was taking over at that point in WWE anyways, which would have made Angle the number 2 at best.

    However, to be fair, I will grant you the fact that I also wouldn't believe everything that Kurt says right off the bat, whether or not it really happened.
  2. TheGreatOne's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Kajmere
    Yeah, I know a lot of fuck ups that win gold medals and make millions of dollars. No one is perfect, most wrestlers have done drugs at some point to be fair, Kurt just got caught more times. Also, you said there's "no chance" Kurt would go to TNA if he could stay with WWE? That is untrue. He was able to still make a shitload of money in TNA and do it on a schedule that better fit his lifestyle, and continue to be the top dog. Cena was taking over at that point in WWE anyways, which would have made Angle the number 2 at best.

    However, to be fair, I will grant you the fact that I also wouldn't believe everything that Kurt says right off the bat, whether or not it really happened.
    Exactly! Schedule is a huge reason why talents like Angle, Booker T and others joined TNA. Angle liked the chance to spend time with his family. Kurt's twitter rants among other things I don't agree with. However, Vince and Kurt saying he was welcomed back after the release tells me it was Kurt's decision.
  3. Bane of Balin's Avatar
    I know this is a TNA-centered poster writing a TNA-centered blog, but it's just a little bit too ridiculous for me.

    The biggest and most obvious screw up here is the fact that him defeating the top four biggest names in the wrestling business during that time period in one of the most brutal matches ever during the hottest wrestling era in the past 30 years doesn't even make the top five. Even if you have to put it less than number one or two, it's still ridiculous that it's behind a category that is described: "I don't really know what it means to be inducted into a HOF." Chris Jericho's top two or three biggest moments was beating The Rock and Stone Cold in the same night. In normal matches. Kurt Angle's top two or three biggest moments should realistically be beating them both at the same time (not to mention toppling The Undertaker and Triple H for crying out loud) in a HELL IN A CELL MATCH. Maybe you got distracted or something, but idk. Seems incredibly far fetched.

    Second, (and I know this one won't go over well with the author) I don't think his TNA moments are necessarily as grandiose as the OP thinks them to be. Not that they weren't big moments for sure, but I personally don't think they were "Kurt Angle's" big moments, but rather TNA's. At the point in time in which these things happened, TNA needed Kurt Angle a hell of a lot more than he needed them. It's still to date the biggest coup they have/had pulled against WWE. It wasn't an older, past his primer like Hogan, Sting, Foley, or Flair, and it wasn't a temporarily out of job midcarder like Anderson or Elijah Burke. He was one of the top names in the sport at the moment he came in. But I think for him it was certainly more of a day at the office. Hell, it's a bigger moment for Samoa Joe than Angle, if we're being honest. And furthermore, I don't see them as being "defining moments" for Angle. Big moments, sure, but he is more well-known for his Olympic success and WWE success than anything, and this type of blog lends itself towards the "these moments put him on the map and made him a star" category. But he was already a star. Losing track here, so I'll go with one more small point.

    HBK vs Angle is one of his greatest matches to date. I think it at least needs an honorable mention.

    But take my opinion with a grain of salt. It is only that.
  4. Kashdinero's Avatar
    ^ This guy is on point. Angles initial feud with Joe aside, not much that he has done in tNa could be ranked above his many WWE achievements.

    As for how he left WWE, guys. We'll definitely have to disagree. Kurt freaking loved working for WWE, and as the story goes, he burst into tears upon being told he was being released.

    He may be a millionaire, but he's still been fucking up left right and centre since 2006. I truly hope that this is the last we've seen of his screw ups, and he returns from rehab a truly changed person. Failing that, there's always DDP yoga..
  5. The Phantom Menace's Avatar
    Kurt's ring work has always depended on who his opponent was. His matches with Eddie, Chris Benoit, Edge, Joe ,A.J. & Nigel are some of his best work.
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