Kurt Angle has revealed that he believes that The Rock and Vince McMahon are the two best sellers in wrestling.
While discussing his classic WWE Championship match with The Rock at No Way Out 2001 on The Kurt Angle Show, the Olympic gold medallist described the way the ‘Great One’ sells as his biggest asset. Angle also explained that, while there are people who believe The Rock oversells moves, he’s actually doing it in a way that allows the whole audience to see it.
“He [Rock] was always a step ahead and his athleticism really came out in the ring. His biggest asset is selling, a lot of people think he oversells and that’s why he does it. He oversells because he wants everybody at home, every fan in the arena, 20,000 people, he wants that little girl at the top of the rafter to see his selling, his face. He makes it visible to everybody and he oversells, that’s the way you’re supposed to do it in pro wrestling.
During the conversation, the ‘Wrestling Machine’ also spoke highly of WWE Chairman Vince McMahon’s ability to sell, and disclosed the advice he gave him on how to do it.
“A lot of people undersell, Dwayne had it, another guy that had it was Vince McMahon. Vince always told us ‘The money is right here [points to his face], this is where you sell tickets. You got to show emotion, when you’re angry or scared or hurt.’ Those two were the best at it.”
In the main event of No Way Out 2001, The Rock defeated Kurt Angle to regain the WWE Championship. The end of the match saw the ‘People’s Champion’ land two Rock Bottoms to achieve victory. He then went on to face that year’s Royal Rumble winner, ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin in the main event of WrestleMania X-7.
Credit to Wrestling Inc. for the transcription.