Wrestling By The Numbers: Kurt Angle
TNA Wrestling has announced their 2013 Hall Of Fame Inductee will be former 5-Time TNA Champion Kurt Angle. The 44-year-old Pittsburgh Pennsylvania native becomes the second ever inductee into TNA’s Hall Of Fame joining the legendary Sting who was inducted last year. Prior to professional wrestling Kurt Angle had an illustrious high school and college amateur wrestling career which included being a 2-Time NCAA Division 1 Champion. At the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta Georgia Kurt Angle won the gold medal in the Men’s Freestyle Wrestling’s Heavyweight Division. After winning his medal Angle was offered a contract with the World Wrestling Federation but turned it down and started a career in the food industry as a marketing representative.
In October of 1996 fellow Pittsburgh native Shane Douglas convinced Kurt Angle to attend a taping for Extreme Championship Wrestling. Angle appeared at the 1996 ECW High Incident home video taping and provided guest commentary during a match between Taz and Little Guido. Kurt Angle’s first appearance with ECW was his last as he left the building later in the evening after being offended and upset over a controversial ‘crucifix’ segment involving performer’s Raven and The Sandman. He later threatened to sue ECW Owner Paul Heyman if he appeared on the same television broadcast as the aforementioned stunt.
Kurt Angle then worked as a sportscaster for WPGH-TV FOX affiliate in Pittsburgh for a year before signing a long-term contract with the WWE in October of 1998. Angle was first assigned to Power Pro Wrestling in Memphis Tennessee where he was trained prior to making his television debut in March of 1999. Over the next 7-year’s Angle would become one of the company’s most decorated performers becoming a former 4-Time WWE Champion and also a former WWE World Champion, WWE Intercontinental Champion, WWE Tag-Team Champion, WWE European Champion and WWE Hardcore Champion. He also was the 2000 WWE King Of The Ring and captured both the WCW and WCW United States Championships. The main event at Wrestlemania 19 in Seattle Washington featured Angle Vs Brock Lesnar for the WWE Championship. The WWE granted Kurt Angle an early release from his contract in August of 2006 because of health reasons. Angle has stated he asked for his release because he couldn’t get time off and was dealing with significant injuries.
TNA Wrestling signed Kurt Angle in September of 2006 and he has spent the past 7-years with the organization. In addition to consistently providing top quality matches for the company with numerous fellow wrestlers, Angle has also competed in the main event of three Bound For Glory pay-per-view events in 2007, 2010 and 2011. While with TNA he has also been allowed to compete with Asistencia Asesoria y Administracion in Mexico and has spent time with both New Japan Pro Wrestling and the Inoki Genome Federation where he is a former 1-Time IWGP Champion. Current UFC President Dana White says Kurt Angle was also in contract talks to be apart of The Ultimate Fighter Season 10 but failed medical requirements for contestants on the show. Kurt Angle entered a rehabilitation center in August of this year for drug and alcohol abuse after multiple drunk driving arrests over the past few years and a Wellness Policy violation during the late stages of his WWE career. He has since been released from rehab and has returned to Impact Wrestling feuding with Bobby Roode who he’ll face at this year’s Bound For Glory pay-per-view.
Below we look at the televised professional wrestling career of Kurt Angle by the numbers…
* 69 Matches ( 20th Most All-Time ) on TNA Pay-Per-View. (First Match: 2006 Genesis Vs Samoa Joe Last Match: 2013 Ten Reunion Vs Samoa Joe)
* 30 Main Event Matches ( 4th Most All-Time ) on TNA Pay-Per-View. (First Main Event Match: 2006 Genesis Vs Samoa Joe Last Main Event Match: 2013 Ten Reunion Vs Samoa Joe)
* 159 Matches ( 9th Most All-Time ) on TNA Impact Wrestling. (First Match: November 16th 2006 Vs Abyss Last Match: August 8th 2013 With Chris Sabin Vs Bully Ray & Devon)
* 109 Main Event Matches ( 2nd Most All-Time ) on TNA Impact Wrestling. (First Main Event Match: November 16th 2006 Vs Abyss Last Main Event Match: August 8th 2013 With Chris Sabin Vs Bully Ray & Devon)
World Wrestling Entertainment:
* 78 Matches ( 15th Most Matches ) on WWE Pay-Per-View. (First Match: 1999 Survivor Series Vs Shawn Stasiak Last Match: 2006 Vengeance Vs Randy Orton)
* 19 Matches on WWE Pay-Per-View.
* 1 Match Managed on WWE Pay-Per-View.
* 133 Matches on WWE Raw.
* 46 Main Event Matches on WWE Raw.
* 216 Matches ( 5th Most All-Time ) on WWE Smackdown. (First Match: November 18th 1999 Vs Gangrel Last Match: June 2nd 2006 Vs Rey Mysterio)
* 103 Main Event Matches ( 2nd Most All-Time ) on WWE Smackdown. (First Main Event Match: February 24th 2000 With The Big Show Vs The Rock & Chris Jericho Last Main Event Match: April 28th 2006 Vs Rey Mysterio)
* 1 Match on WWE Saturday Night’s Main Event.
* 1 Match on WWE Tribute To The Troops.
* 1 Main Event Match on WWE Tribute To The Troops.
* 5 Matches on WWE ECW On Syfy.
* 3 Main Event Matches on WWE ECW On Syfy.
* 5 Matches on WWE Heat.
* 4 Main Event Matches on WWE Heat.
* 1 Match on WWE Jakked.
New Japan Pro Wrestling:
* 6 Matches on NJPW Pay-Per-View.
* 2 Main Event Match on NJPW Pay-Per-View.
* 2 Matches on NJPW G1 Climax 2008.
* 1 Main Event Match on NJPW G1 Climax 2008.
Asistencia Asesoria y Administracion:
* 1 Match on AAA On Televisa.
* 1 Main Event Match on AAA On Televisa.
Inoki Genome Federation:
* 2 Matches on IGF Pay-Per-View.
* 1 Main Event Match on IGF Pay-Per-View.
Power Pro Wrestling:
* 26 Matches on PPW Memphis Wrestling.
* 9 Main Event Matches on PPW Memphis Wrestling.