Kurt Angle’s First and Last Matches in WWE – Bell to Bell

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(bell dings) – [Zach] So does anybody want
to see a video on Kurt Angle? (an avalanche of comments fall in) Okay then. The future Olympic gold
medalist got his start in wrestling at the age of seven. As he continued to compete, it was easy to tell Angle
had a gift for the sport. He became the Pennsylvania
State Wrestling Champion during his senior year of high school and was also a two-time NCAA
Division I champion in college. However, his biggest accomplishment in amateur wrestling came
at the 1996 Olympic Games where he won a gold medal with a broken frickin’ neck! Didn’t think I was gonna say it, did ya? Okay, so after becoming an
accomplished amateur wrestler, Kurt would go pro. His first major stint in
professional wrestling came a few months after
his victory at the Olympics when he appeared at an ECW event. He didn’t compete but provided an interview and guest commentary. His involvement in ECW ended
up going under the radar, as at that same event the infamous Sandman crucifixion incident happened. Angle didn’t want to be associated with it and even threatened to sue the company if he was shown on TV. The same year this chaos
was going on in ECW, Kurt Angle had also
received an offer from WWE. The contract the WWE presented
to him was for 10 years, and Angle may have taken it, but one of his conditions
was that he could never lose. Of course, WWE wasn’t okay with that, and things fell through. Fast forward to 1998, and Kurt Angle found new
inspiration for pro wrestling, especially when he saw
Stone Cold Steve Austin. He tried out with WWE and was signed to a five-year contract. He picked things up extremely fast and quickly started performing in WWE’s development promotions as well as a few outside organizations. Finally, in March of 1999, Kurt Angle would make his
first appearance on WWE TV. During a segment on Sunday Night Heat, Tiger Al Singh tried to bribe Angle into blowing his nose
on the American flag. Kurt immediately took the money and blew all over the flag. Of course, that’s not what happened. He instead blew over the Indian flag and threw Singh down onto the mat. Angle wouldn’t appear on TV
for awhile following this and mainly performed
in untelevised matches. Finally though, at the
1999 Survivor Series, Kurt Angle had his first match in WWE. The first man to enter the ring was Angle’s opponent, Shawn Stasiak. After an introduction from Howard Finkel Kurt Angle came out to
his iconic entrance music, minus the You Suck chants. Even with his appearance
earlier in the year and all the promos hyping
up his in ring debut, Kurt Angle didn’t receive much
of a reaction from the crowd. – [Howard Finkel] Kurt Angle! (upbeat music)
(audience cheers) – [Zach] Once the match started, Angle demonstrated his
amateur background right away by taking Stasiak off his
feet with a Fireman’s Carry. Angle got Stasiak to stay down by hitting him with a waistlock takedown and successfully executing
a front facelock. Shawn Stasiak would try
to counter out of it, but Kurt would find a new hold to use. Angle found himself in danger
when Stasiak caught Kurt’s leg and took control with an arm bar. Once both wrestlers got to their feet, Kurt threw Shawn into the ropes but received a shoulder for his troubles. The match was briefly in the
Olympic gold medalist’s control when he flipped Stasiak
over with a hip toss and connected with a body slam
and a belly-to-belly suplex. Shawn Stasiak still had some fight in him, and that allowed him to land a few punches and a clothesline. The 15-time hardcore
champion then got Kurt Angle into the corner and continued his assault. The beat down developed further as Stasiak tried to put Angle
away with a sidewalk slam, a suplex, and an elbow, but neither of them got the job done. Finally, Angle made his comeback by breaking out of a headlock and knocking his opponent
down with a clothesline. The Pennsylvania native
then got out of the ring and played up his heel character by telling the crowd they
weren’t allowed to boo him. It wasn’t a smart decision since it gave Shawn Stasiak
the opportunity to strike. The momentum picked up once again for Kurt after attempting a roll
up and following up with a couple of punches and a power slam. Shawn still managed to
keep the match alive by tossing Angle off his shoulders. Stasiak realized the
only way to win the match would be to go high-risk,
so he headed for the ropes. It didn’t pay off, as Kurt
Angle dodged Stasiak’s move and used the opening
to successfully perform the Angle Slam and obtain the victory. I was surprised at how much offense Stasiak got in this match. Although, Kurt was an egotistical heel, so it probably wouldn’t
have made a ton of sense for him to just beat Shawn
Stasiak super easily. Regardless, this was just the beginning of a legendary career. Kurt Angle remained undefeated
until the Royal Rumble when he lost to a debuting Tazz. Even with this defeat, he
would soon win the European and Intercontinental titles but lost them at WrestleMania 2000. Kurt’s career still remained strong as he competed in and
won the King of the Ring. After that, Angle began
a love triangle storyline with Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. Stephanie ultimately stood by her husband when she caused Kurt
Angle to lose his match against The Game at Unforgiven. Angle’s biggest moment
that year was still to come when he would face the
WWE champion, the Rock, in October and would win
his first world title. The American Hero held
onto the championship for the rest of the year
and even well into 2001. It was finally at No Way Out that he would lose the
title back to The Rock. He then went into WrestleMania 17 with a match against Chris Benoit. Angle won that encounter, and the two continued to
feud with one another, trading victories and
losses in the process. During this time, the
Invasion storyline began which saw WCW and ECW wrestlers
try to take over the WWE. Kurt Angle stayed on the WWE’s side and teamed up with
Stone Cold Steve Austin. Austin ended up turning on Angle and siding with the opposing faction. This ultimately led to a match
against the two at Unforgiven where Kurt Angle won his
second WWE championship. This title run was way
shorter than Kurt’s first because he would lose the
title back to Stone Cold about two weeks later. Once the Invasion storyline wrapped up, Angle would compete in his
first ever Royal Rumble in 2002, and was the last participant
to be eliminated. He walked into WrestleMania 18 with a match against Kane
and ultimately won it. Shortly afterwards, the
original brand split began and Kurt was drafted to SmackDown. His first feud as apart of
the brand was against Edge. Their rivalry included a
hair versus hair match, which, as you probably
already know, Angle lost. At this point, the Ruthless
Aggression Era had just begun and Kurt Angle would
start rubbing shoulders with the new talent. The highlights include beating John Cena in Cena’s debut match and defeating Rey Mysterio at SummerSlam. Later in the year, Angle would reignite his feud with Chris Benoit. A new wrinkle was added into their story when they teamed up and became the first WWE Tag Team champions. Of course, they would continue
to argue amongst themselves, and their title run came to
an end at Survivor Series. The year still concluded
on a strong note for Angle as he defeated the Big Show at Armageddon and became a three-time WWE champion. This led to his classic
match against Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 19 which
ended his championship run. Not long after and Kurt Angle would be out of action for neck surgery. He returned just a couple of months later and would go onto beat
Brock Lesnar and Big Show in a match at Vengeance to
become WWE champion once again. While he would be successful in a title defense at SummerSlam, Lesnar still managed to
regain the championship when he beat Kurt in an
Iron Man match on SmackDown. Their rivalry came to a
conclusion at Survivor Series when Team Angle defeated Team Lesnar in a five-on-five match. The next storyline Kurt Angle
had was with Eddie Guerrero. Things started with Angle
being a friend to Guerrero, but on the SmackDown after
Eddie won the WWE Championship, Kurt would attack him. This set up their WrestleMania 20 match which saw Angle lose the contest. Like last year, The Olympic Hero needed to undergo neck surgery
following the performance. While he was recovering, Kurt Angle became the
general manager of SmackDown and continued to feud with Eddie Guerrero. Kurt would end up costing
Eddie the WWE championship when he interfered during a cage match while trying to conceal
his identity under a mask. This set up a rematch at SummerSlam where the future Hall of Famer made up for his WrestleMania loss
by forcing Eddie to tap out. A little while after this, Angle would have his infamous moment involving the Tough Enough competitors. To summarize the incident, Kurt challenged the participants to a real amateur wrestling match. One of the individuals, Daniel Puder, who had a background in MMA, took Angle down and nearly broke his arm. It ended up fine, but it’s crazy to think what would have happened to Kurt’s career if he tapped out or had his arm broken. Moving forward, at the 2005 Royal Rumble, Kurt Angle was eliminated
by Shawn Michaels in under a minute. In retaliation, the American
Hero got back into the ring and threw Michaels over the top rope. After months of taunting
the HeartBreak Kid, Angle and Michaels squared
off at WrestleMania in a critically acclaimed match
which the American Hero won. Things got kind of weird after that when Kurt Angle started
a feud with Booker T. The oddest part came when Angle started sexually harassing
Booker’s wife, Sharmell. Thankfully, the story ended with the five-time WCW
champion as the winner. Jumping back several months, Kurt Angle began an
interventional challenge in 2004, where if someone lasted
at least three minutes in the ring with him, they
would earn his gold medals. In July of 2005, after
being drafted to Raw, the Olympic gold medalist issued
his challenge like normal, and it was answered by Eugene. In an upset victory, Eugene
lasted for three minute and won Angel’s medals. The rivalry continued to SummerSlam where Angle beat Eugene and
won back his Olympic gold. After that, Kurt Angle
began to have a series of WWE championship matches with John Cena that lasted throughout
the year and into 2006. While Kurt Angle would technically beat Cena on a few occasions, there was never a victory that won him the Invisible Man’s title. Once that was over, Kurt
Angle returned to SmackDown and quickly won the World
Heavyweight Championship. He would have several title defenses including one of the
best matches of the year against The Undertaker. At WrestleMania 22, he
came in with the title, but like every WrestleMania
championship match Kurt Angle has ever had, he lost. Angle would then end his original WWE run on the relaunched ECW. He got the nickname The Wrestling Machine and started competing more aggressively. He would have a few bigger matches including wrestling Randy
Orton at One Night Stand and challenging Rob Van
Dam in an ECW title match. Angle’s last appearance during
his original WWE run was on the August 8th edition of ECW, where he fought Sabu which
resulted in a no contest. After wrapping up a roughly
eight-year career in WWE, Kurt Angle spent the next 10 years in TNA or Impact Wrestling. While he was there, Angle was
a huge asset to the company. He was involved in some of the
organization’s best matches and won the heavyweight
title a total of six times. Kurt Angle would leave
Impact Wrestling in 2016, and started performing across the country. Finally, in 2017, Angle returned to WWE to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. This wasn’t all he came back
for, as he would be appointed to Raw general manager shortly after. He also had this storyline going on where he was Jason Jordan’s father. That was different. But his big moment came when over 11 years after his last WWE match, the Olympic Hero got back inside the ring and competed as an honorary
member of the Shield. He then renewed an old rivalry with Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. First, his job as GM was on
the line at Survivor Series where the stipulation
was if Kurt’s team lost, he would be fired. Even though Triple H would
attack him during the match, Kurt’s team ultimately won, and the storyline came to
a head at WrestleMania 34. Alongside the debuting Ronda Rousey, Kurt took on and defeated
Triple H and Stephanie. Several months later, after
tension had been building up, Stephanie McMahon would
send Kurt away on a vacation and gave the role of general
manger to Baron Corbin. Kurt returned roughly two
months later on October 8, 2018, and would wrestle a number of matches, but was often the loser. Finally, in March of 2019, Angle announced he was
retiring at WrestleMania 35. In the weeks leading up
to his retirement match, Kurt would wrestle against
opponents he had handpicked. Finally, April 7, 2019 rolled around, and Kurt Angle got inside the
Squared Circle one more time. First to get an entrance was Angle’s completely not controversial
final opponent, Baron Corbin. Once Corbin’s introduction was over, it was the Olympic gold medalist’s turn. Kurt Angle received a grand entrance with red, white, and
blue pyro and fireworks, and of course, the chant every
wrestling fan is required to say when they hear the
American Hero’s theme song. ♪ You Suck ♪ ♪ You Suck ♪ – [Zach] Once the pageantry
was over, the match started. Kurt got things going by
simply smacking Corbin with some punches but
started to get more technical when he threw The Lone Wolf down with a belly-to-belly suplex. Wanting to put an end to Kurt’s momentum before it became too much, Baron Corbin racked Angle’s
eyes and knocked him down by throwing the Wrestling
Machine into the ropes. The former Constable of Raw
got Kurt Angle into the corner and used his fists to wear
the Hall of Famer down. Corbin continued his attack
with strikes and kicks while also taking some time to taunt. When Baron went to the top rope, Kurt Angle realized he had an opening and dodged the offensive move. With his opponent stunned, the gold medal winner wrapped
his arms around Corbin’s waist and performed three German suplexes. When those didn’t get the job done, Kurt Angle got ready to hit the Angle Slam but ended up eating a big boot instead. This didn’t keep the
Olympic Hero down for long, as he countered a power bomb
attempt into an ankle lock. Knowing the submission
move could be devastating, Baron Corbin quickly got out of it and hit the Deep Six for good measure. Kurt still kept the match alive and created some space between
himself and Baron Corbin. Before his rival could land another hit, Kurt Angle fed him to the turnbuckle and successfully hit the Angle Slam. Proving his durability, Corbin kicked out before the referee could count to three. Kurt Angle still had one
more move in his arsenal, so he lowered his straps and imprisoned Baron with the ankle lock. Angle held onto Corbin for
roughly a half a minute but could not get him to tap out. The ankle lock was finally broken when Baron Corbin rolled forward and launched Kurt into
the middle turnbuckle. As you would expect, as soon
as The Lone Wolf was free, he started taunting again,
this time targeting John Cena. Using Corbin’s lack of
focus to his advantage, Kurt smacked Baron right in the face and hit another trio of German suplexes. The crowd then got off their feet, and Angle took in the applause before getting ready
to perform a moonsault. Unfortunately, the attack didn’t connect, as Baron Corbin moved out of the way and hit Kurt Angle with the End of Days to put an finish to the
WWE Hall of Famer’s career. Once Kurt was alone in the ring, he took a moment to thank the fans and closed up the match
with his music playing and the crowd shouting that iconic chant. It was probably the most fitting way to see Kurt Angle retire, but I think this sign in the crowd said what we were all truly feeling. The following night,
Kurt Angle would get even with Baron Corbin by hitting
him with one more Angle Slam and performing one final ankle lock. Unfortunately, Kurt would still
end the night on a low note. A debuting Lars Sullivan
would enter the ring and attack and the Olympic Hero. This didn’t keep Kurt down, though. He appeared again in July of 2019, alongside a number of other
hall of famers and legends during the Raw Reunion. Finally, Angle’s most recent
appearance was in August, when he was going to guest referee a match but ended up getting
attacked by The Fiend. Even though he’s retired
from in ring competition, I’m confident that we’ll see Kurt Angle in the WWE for a while. Besides appearing in wrestling rings, Kurt Angle was also in one
of the Sharknado films. Watch the video in the center
of the screen to see that. Keep the suggests coming for
future Bell to Bell episodes. One day I’ll get to them all. Anyways, I’m Zach from Tap
Out Corner, and take care! (soft upbeat music)

41 thoughts on “Kurt Angle’s First and Last Matches in WWE – Bell to Bell

  1. If i didnt be wrong, in the debut match Kurt starts as a face but during the match, seeing the crowd reaction, Vinnie Mac said ti the Referee and To the athletes to turn Kurt heel. You can notice that by the moves performed and if you Watch the entire Match you can see the Moment when the turn happened

  2. “Amateur” wrestling is real pro wrestling. Wwe isn’t even close to the same, it’s a tv show not a real sport.

  3. Do Perry Saturn, Scott Steiner, Alberto Del Rio, Ricky Steamboat, D-Von Dudley, Adam Rose, Drozz, Shawn Stasiak, Raven, Little Guido, Vader, Skip, Barry Horowitz, Dean Ambrose, Prince Albert/Albert/A-train/Giant Bernard/Lord Tensai/Tensai.

  4. I look like Kurt angle my old best friends use to call me Kurt angle, Kurt angle is one of my favorite wrestlers.

  5. Please do Matt Sydal (Evan Bourne) He’s one of my favorite wrestlers of all time even though he got fired for doing drugs. Wwe invited him to be in the cruiserweight classic but he declined. Please do this

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