WWE Hall Of Famer Kurt Angle has named the surprising thing that he says is the biggest challenge as a star in WWE, proving that it’s tough at the top.
The Olympic gold medallist was discussing the different challenges faced by wrestling stars during a recent episode of The Kurt Angle Show [available early and ad-free at AdFreeShows.com]. According to Kurt Angle, the biggest challenge comes when you become a world champion as the expectations for you to be at the top of your game every night are raised:
“Yeah, you have to be on every night. You’re gonna wrestle between 20 to 30 minutes, whether it’s a house show, TV, a pay-per-view, you’re gonna stay busy. And you’re carrying the company on your shoulders. So it’s a big responsibility, and you have to be ready for it.”
“There is a lot of pressure because you’re expected to draw now. You’re the one that’s selling the tickets. The main one that’s selling the tickets in the pay-per-view buys. So you know, you know that in your mind. And you have other talent that’s up there upper-tier talent, it also, you know, help sell tickets. But, you know, from a champion standpoint, that’s your job.”
Kurt Angle held the WWE Championship four times in his career, with perhaps his most memorable win coming in his hometown of Pittsburgh at Unforgiven in 2001, just 12 days after the 9/11 atrocities. He also held the World Heavyweight Championship and WCW Championship during his WWE career before going on to win the TNA Heavyweight Championship a record six times.