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Kurt Angle Opens Up About Missing Out On “Epic Matchup” With Bret Hart

Kurt Angle & Bret Hart

Kurt Angle wrestled against some of the greatest in history, but he still rues missing out an a clash with the best there is, there there was and the best there ever will be.

In a career that took him all over the world more than once, Kurt Angle shared the squared circle with some of the best to ever do it. But if history would have played out just a little differently, his star-studded CV could easily have included the name of one more WWE Hall of Famer.

Speaking with The Paradox of Sports, Angle reflected on his glittering career and the six WWE legends that he enjoyed working with the most.

“Chris Benoit, Shawn Michaels, Brock Lesnar, Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, and The Undertaker,” he said. “Those six are my absolute favourites that I love to work with.”

After winning all there was to win in WWE, Angle made his way to TNA in 2006. Looking back on his time with the company, the Olympic hero named the three stars who impressed him the most.

“TNA, I’d say: AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, and Sting. There were a lot of other great wrestlers that I loved wrestling,” Angle admitted. “But those guys stood out more.”

Despite all of these great matches, Angle revealed that like with all great love stories there was still one that got away. The former World Champion explained that he wished he could have had the chance to wrestle Bret Hart. Something he says the pair have since discussed.

“Bret Hart. That would have been a great match. It would have been an epic matchup,” he added. “Bret and I have talked about it before. Unfortunately, Bret got hurt, and we kind of missed each other. He left WWE right before I got there, and then he went to WCW and he got kicked in the face and ended up with a concussion and had to retire from wrestling. So, it was unfortunate that I never got to wrestle him, but I’ve always wanted to.”

On a recent episode of his podcast, The Kurt Angle Show, the WWE Hall of Famer also disclosed that he came within a week of another huge accomplishment before plans changed.

Looking back at Vengeance 2001, Angle revealed that he was originally scheduled to become the first-ever Undisputed Champion, until Vince McMahon instead went with Chris Jericho.

H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.