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Kurt Angle Reveals The Top Match Of His Career

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WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle has revealed the match he believes was the greatest of his career, even though he didn’t think much of it at the time.

Kurt Angle is widely regarded as one of the best pro-wrestlers of all time and influenced a generation of grapplers during his Hall of Fame career.

While looking back on his two decades in the ring on a recent episode of Chris Jericho’s ‘Talk Is Jericho’ podcast, the Olympic Gold Medallist revealed was asked what he thought was the greatest match of his career.

Angle named his WWE Championship defence against Chris Benoit at the 2003 Royal Rumble, although it was only on rewatching it that he realised how special the bout was for him.

“The crazy thing is, when I did it and I completed it, I didn’t think it was that good. But I watched it back and I was like, ‘wow, this is my match. This is the top match of my career.’ It was 2003 at the Royal Rumble against Chris Benoit. If you didn’t see that match, go back and watch it.”

Angle went on to say that he sees Benoit as the “best in-ring performer” he has been in the ring with.

“Chris Benoit, without a doubt, is the best in-ring performer I’ve ever been in the ring with. From an in-ring perspective, not across the board like charisma and everything else.

“Chris Benoit in the ring was the absolute best. The submission tradeoff, the false finishes, the story we told. I felt like I was wrestling myself. He was so intense. He matched my intensity. Sometimes I couldn’t match his, that’s how intense he was. I loved that, feeling tired.”

Kurt Angle went on to win the match with his patented Ankle Lock, forcing Benoit to tap out. He would hold onto the WWE Championship for another two months, eventually losing it to Brock Lesnar in the main event of WrestleMania 19.

H/T to Wrestling Inc. for the above transcription.