Kurt Angle has detailed his favourite match from his Hall Of Fame career that didn’t take place within the confines of WWE.
Angle won all there was to win in WWE after seven years in the company, with him leaving in 2006. Following that he joined TNA where he spent the best part of a decade facing the likes of Samoa Joe, AJ Styles, and Sting.
During that time Angle also wrestled in Japan, winning a version of the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. He faced Shinsuke Nakamura in February of 2008 in a title unification match. New Japan Pro Wrestling recognised Nakamura as their champion during Angle’s reign. Nakamura ultimately won the match, unifying the disputed championships.
“Oh man, I had some great ones in TNA but I do have to say, Yuji Nagata, New Japan Pro Wrestling, I believe in 2008. One of my best performances of all time and what’s crazy is Yuji and I never worked together. We never locked horns before that day. That was the first time we ever touched each other and the chemistry was unreal. His facial expressions and his selling was out of this world.”
“It reminded me a lot of Undertaker when the eyes would go up in his head. Yuji Nagata when I had a submission hold on him he’d put his eyes up in his head and it kinda freaked me out. It was like ‘wow this guy’s doing the full monty, he’s doing everything.’ So he pulls out all the stops and our technique was just incredibly good. We just had great chemistry and that whole match flowed. We had false finishes and submissions. It was definitely the best match I did in Japan and definitely my best match outside WWE. If you haven’t seen it go take a look at it.”
Angle and Nagata met for Angle’s version of the IWGP Championship at Wrestle Kingdom 2 in January 2008. Kurt Angle retained his championship inside the world-famous Tokyo Dome.
Kurt Angle also recalled the unusual steps he took to ensure success in his amateur wrestling career leading to the 1996 Olympics.