During his time in WWE Kurt Angle won pretty much every championship that there was to win, often more than once. However, he was never crowned Undisputed Champion.
Following’s WWE’s acquisition of WCW, the company featured both the WCW World Heavyweight Title and the WWF (WWE) Title throughout 2001. However, once the Invasion came to an end, the decision was taken to unify the titles, leaving just one world champion. At Vengeance that December, Chris Jericho was crowned the first ever Undisputed Champion, defeating The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin on the same night.
Speaking on a recent episode of The Kurt Angle Show, the Olympic Gold Medallist has now revealed that he was originally slated to become the inaugural champion.
“I was actually set to win the title… But Vince McMahon came to me about a week before and said ‘Hey, I’m not going to put the title on you, I’m going to put it on Jericho because he’s red hot right now, he’s working his way up and he needs this title more than you.’ I agreed with Vince, I said ‘You’re absolutely right, I’d put [the titles] on Jericho too if I were you.’
“There was consideration for me to win the title, but I think Vince went with Jericho because Jericho needed it more and Chris was a red hot baby face at the time. Giving him that title just legitimized him even more, he deserved it.”
The Undisputed Championship continued to be used through WWE’s first ever brand spilt in 2002, with the champion appearing on both shows. However, champion Brock Lesnar would eventually agree to appear solely on SmackDown. This left RAW without a world Title. This led to WWE bringing back the World Heavyweight Title. The title was somewhat controversially presented to Triple H on an episode of RAW by Eric Bischoff in September.
Away from his own career, Angle has also named who he believes can be the next Brock Lesnar.
H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.