Kurt Angle: The Greatest Wrestler Who Ever Lived

Charlie GSenior Writer IMarch 8, 2011

Kurt Angle. 

1996 Olympic Gold Medalist, 14 World Championships and countless titles and awards in between.

Kurt Angle won his Olympic Gold Medal in 1996 with a severe neck injury, fracturing two of his cervical vertebrae, herniating two discs and pulling four muscles.

During his time in WWF/E, Angle won countless championships. He became the fifth WWE Grand Slam Champion when he won the WWE Tag Team Championships with partner Chris Benoit.

Angle asked for his release from WWE on August 25, 2006. His reason for leaving was he couldn't take time off and was working hurt. He said WWE lost their top star, as he was at the very top of the payroll.

Kurt Angle joined TNA in late 2006 and this was announced the "TNA Moment of the Year." Kurt would find great success in joining TNA. Just like his time in WWE, he won countless championships.

Kurt Angle held every title currently available for a male competitor in WWE. He is the only man in TNA history to hold the World Heavyweight title, Tag title and X Division title at the same time. He is the only man in history to be a Triple Crown winner in both WWE and TNA.

Kurt Angle has won many championships in his career. He is the only Olympic gold medalist in professional wrestling. He could do a moonsault off the top rope and once did a 450 Splash at the age of 40. Kurt Angle is a wrestling machine. He is my favorite wrestler ever. He is 42 years old and his career is coming to an end, sadly. There is no doubt that Kurt Angle has a spot waiting for him in the WWE Hall of Fame. He is the greatest wrestler to have ever walked the earth. "Oh it's true. It's damn true."

Professional Wrestling Championships and Accomplishments:


Cauliflower Alley Club:


- The Future Legend Award (2000)


Inoki Genome Federation:


- One time IWGP Heavyweight Champion


Power Pro Wrestling:

- One-time PPW Heavyweight Champion

Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI):

- PWI Comeback of the Year (2003)

- PWI Feud of the Year (2000 vs. Triple H)

- PWI Feud of the Year (2003 vs. Brock Lesnar)

- PWI Feud of the Year (2007 vs. Samoa Joe)

- PWI Match of the Year (2003 vs. Brock Lesnar, 60-minute iron man match on Smackdown)

- PWI Match of the Year (2005 vs. Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania 21)

- PWI Most Hated Wrestler of the Year (2000)

- PWI Most Inspirational Wrestler of the Year (2001)

- PWI Most Popular Wrestler of the Year (2003)

- PWI Rookie of the Year (2000)

- PWI Wrestler of the Year (2003)

- No. 1 in the PWI 500 (2001)

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling:

- Four-time TNA World Heavyweight Champion

- One-time TNA World Tag Team Champion (with Sting)

- One-time TNA X Division Champion

- Two-time King of the Mountain Winner (2007, 2009)

- Second Triple Crown Champion in TNA

- Feud of the Year (2006 vs. Samoa Joe)

World Wrestling Federation / World Wrestling Entertainment:

- One-time WCW United States Champion

- One-time WCW Champion

- One-time World Heavyweight Champion

- Four-time WWF/E time Champion

- One-time WWF European Champion

- One-time WWF Hardcore Champion

- One-time WWF Intercontinental Champion

- One-time WWE Tag Team Champion (with Chris Benoit)

- King of the Ring (2000)

- Tenth Triple Crown Champion

- Fifth Grand Slam Champion

Wrestling Observer Newsletter Awards:

- Best Gimmick (2000)

- Best on Interviews (2002)

- Best Technical Wrestler (2002)

- Feud of the Year (2003 with Brock Lesnar)

- Match of the Year (2002 Angle and Benoit vs. Edge and Mysterio)

- Most Improved (2000)

- Most Outstanding Wrestler (2001, 2002, 2003)

- Readers' Favorite Wrestler (2002, 2003)

- Wrestler of the Decade (2000s)

- Wrestler of the Year (2002)

- Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame (Class of 2004)