Kurt Angle has named who in his opinion is the greatest wrestler to ever compete in the ring on the latest edition of his podcast.
Angle was taking questions on a Q and A edition of The Kurt Angle Show [available via AdFreeShows.com]. Co-host Conrad Thompson relayed fan’s questions to the Olympic gold medallist throughout their conversation. One such question that came Angle’s way was if he could have a long-running program with any wrestler who would it have been.
Angle didn’t need to think about it before responding:
“It is Bret Hart because I believe that he is the greatest wrestler of all time. I believe that his in-ring performance, there is nobody better. I would say Shawn Michaels and Chris Benoit are close, even myself, but I still put Bret up there.”
Angle was then quick to mention another name he’d put up there as one of the all-time greats, the sixteen-time champion of the world, Ric Flair.
“Don’t get me wrong, a Ric Flair needs to be up there too because he is the man and his technique was far superior, but he was, you know, he did a lot of, Ric was a great wrestler that could help people get interested in the psychology of the match, but he was also very entertaining. He took a lot of crazy Ric Flair bumps. The forward bump. The bump off the top of the rope. You know, it was pretty, you knew what he was going to do, and you’d want him to do it. So, he was different in his technique. Bret hart was just the best overall technician I have ever seen in my life.”
Former WWE Head Of Talent Relations Jim Ross previously discussed The Hitman facing Angle at WrestleMania XX in 2004. According to Ross, however, Hart was not interested in returning to the ring at that time.