Kurt Angle may have lived by his three I’s of intensity, integrity, and intelligence, but he has now explained why the c-word of comedy was integral to his career.
Angle debuted in WWE as a smug, holier than thou antagonist, taking great delight in telling all and sundry of the superiorities of a man that won an Olympic gold medal for his country with a broken freakin’ neck.
As Kurt Angle settled into his WWE career, however, it soon became clear that he had as much a knack for comedy as he did winning championships. His antics with Edge and Christian made for television gold and his encounters with Stone Cold Steve Austin and Vince McMahon are the stuff of legend, being replayed and rewatched to this day.
“I was doing so much comedy, I was doing so much entertaining. It was so much fun and the business started getting unfun for me when I started turning more serious and being the wrestling machine and that kind of character. I really enjoyed the comedy segments in my career. That’s what I love the most.”
Kurt Angle became the face of the resurrected ECW brand in 2006 and took his intensity to new levels as the ‘wrestling machine.’ He carried some aspects of that character over when he left WWE for TNA later that same year.
During the show, Kurt Angle also discussed which current AEW star he thinks could lay claim to being the greatest wrestler of all time when it is all said and done in their career.