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Wed 22 September 2021 | 20:29

Kurt Steven Angle is one of the most decorated champions of all time and an American Olympic gold medalist in American freestyle wrestling who competed at heavyweight. Read on to find out more facts about Kurt Angle, the American Hero.

Kurt Steven Angle is an American actor, professional wrestler, and Olympic gold winner. He is known for being the most accomplished amateur to professional wrestler to date.

Kurt Angle’s age

is 52. Here you can take a look at the most important facts about Kurt Angle, the American legendary superstar.

He earned his professional wrestling debut in 1998 before earning an eight-year deal with the 'World Wrestling Federation' (now World Wrestling Entertainment). In November 1999, he made his official WWF ring debut.

Kurt Angle became one of their most distinguished stars during his initial tenure with the promotion. Angle left WWE in 2006 to join their main rival, ‘Total Nonstop Action Wrestling' (TNA, now Impact Wrestling), where he remained for the remainder of his career.

He returned to WWE in 2017 as the general manager of Raw after an 11-year absence. He later returned to professional wrestling, appearing on numerous pay-per-view events. He is regarded as one of the all-time greats for his tenacity, charisma, and skill. Throughout his wrestling career, he has fractured his neck five times.

Top facts about Kurt Angle:

The first

fact about Kurt Angle

is that he began wrestling at the age of seven and went on to win the NCAA Division I Heavyweight Wrestling Championship twice, as well as a gold medal in freestyle wrestle at the 1995 World Wrestling Tournament and another gold medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics.

Kurt Angle early life

Kurt says that this has been his goal since he was five years old, but he never imagined it would turn out to be so much more.

While Kurt is renowned for his accomplishments as an amateur and professional wrestler, his journey was paved with personal challenges, obstacles, and roadblocks that he had to overcome at every turn. All of this has shaped him into the man he is today: an unstoppable force.

His tale starts in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania, where he was born the youngest of five children on December 9th, 1968. Speaking about

Kurt Angle’s childhood

, it is worth mentioning that he was inspired by his elder siblings from an early age, who often played and roughhoused with one another, later joining in as he got older.

He got into wrestling and football in high school because of his noisy upbringing, the impact of his elder siblings who wrestled, and his desire to break out from beneath their shadows.

During his senior year, he became an All-State linebacker and won the 1987 Pennsylvania State Wrestling Championship, which was his first taste of victory.

Speaking about

Kurt Angle’s parents

, it should be mentioned that his father had died in a terrible work accident when he was only 14 years old.

Kurt Angle personal life

Kurt Angle wedded his fiancée Karen Smedley on December 19, 1998. On December 2, 2002, she gave birth to their daughter Kyra, and on October 26, 2006, she gave birth to their son Kody. After almost ten years of marriage, Smedley asked for a divorce in September 2008.

On the filming of 'End Game,' he met actress Giovanna Yannotti. They were engaged in 2010, according to several accounts.

On January 22, 2011, their first child, a girl called Giuliana Marie, was born. On July 20, 2012, the pair tied the knot. Sophia Laine (born December 31, 2012) and Nikoletta Sky are their other children (November 5, 2016). Angle and his wife were said to be adopting a Bulgarian boy called Ivan.

An important fact about Kurt Angle is that he never failed a drug test for painkillers, despite claims from numerous third parties, particularly news publications like as "Sports Illustrated." In 2006, he failed a steroid test as part of WWE's Wellness Policy, although this was due to the expiry of his nandrolone prescription.

Angle has had a few run-ins with the police over the years, mainly involving driving while inebriated. He was charged for the first time in 2008, again in 2011, and once more in 2013. He has paid penalties and even received a ten-day suspended sentence for his crime. He entered into a rehabilitation facility after the 2013 incident.

After his then-girlfriend model Trenesha Biggers obtained a protection from abuse order against him, he was arrested in August 2009. "Driving when operating privilege is suspended, banned actions-possession, harassment, and prohibited acts" were the accusations he faced. Those accusations were eventually dismissed. Angle and Biggers agreed that they would never contact each other again.

Kurt Angle amateur wrestling career

A notable fact about Kurt Angle is that he entered Clarion College of Pennsylvania after graduating from high school, where he proceeded to wrestle as an amateur. He was a three-time NCAA Division I All-American, a two-time National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I champ, and a national runner-up in 1991.

Angle was also the 1987 USA Junior Freestyle winner, a two-time USA Senior Freestyle champion, and the 1988 USA Junior World Freestyle title winner of the World Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles.

An important fact about Kurt Angle is that he continued to wrestle after graduating from college. He earned a gold medal in the FILA World Wrestling Championships in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1995.

Following this triumph, Angle started training at the Pennsylvanian Foxcatcher Club under Dave Schultz for the 1996 Summer Olympics (also in Atlanta), where he trained for eight to ten hours a day.

Schultz was assassinated by John Eleuthère du Pont, the sponsor of Schultz's Olympic hopefuls, in January 1996, not long after Angle started training at the club. As a consequence, Angle left du Pont's organization, looked for new sponsors, and in Schultz's honor, formed the Dave Schultz Wrestling Club.

Angle sustained a serious neck injury during the 1996 Olympic Trials, breaking two of his cervical vertebrae, herniating two discs, and straining four muscles. Angle won the trials, though, and then spent the next five months recuperating and recovering.

Angle was able to participate in the Olympics, although with numerous pain-relieving injections in his neck. Angle said that after hurting his neck in the autumn of 1996, he got briefly hooked to the painkiller Vicodin.

Despite his injuries, he won the gold medal in the heavyweight (90–100 kg; 198–220 lb) weight class, beating Iranian Abbas Jadidi by officials' judgment following an eight-minute one-on-one match.

After turning Angle at two minutes and 42 seconds, Jadidi earned a point, and Angle earned his own point with a takedown after three minutes and four seconds. Jadidi objected to the authorities' decision. Angle vowed to devote the win to Schultz.

A notable fact about Kurt Angle is that he said in April 2011 that he was contemplating a return to amateur wrestling in time for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

He stated in April 2012 that he would be unable to participate in the US team trials due to a knee ailment, despite holding the honorary position of team manager. Angle was inducted into the International Sports Hall of Fame in 2016 for his amateur wrestling achievements.

Kurt Angle professional wrestling career

An important

fact about Kurt Angle

is that he met WWF Chairman Vince McMahon in 1996, and he was given a ten-year deal. Angle agreed to sign the deal if he was guaranteed never to lose. After hearing his situation, McMahon did not contact him back.

In October 1996, he was invited to an ECW (Extreme Championship Wrestling) event. He was shocked during the event after seeing a professional wrestler "crucifying" a fellow wrestler with barbed wire. At the National Wrestling Alliance's (NWA) 50th anniversary event, he participated in a battle royal. He eventually made his way back into the WWF.

After months of preparation, he made his Survivor Series debut against Shawn Stasiak in 1999. Angle was given a lot of attention during his first year in the WWF, and he won almost every title there was. He fought Triple H, The Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, Brock Lesnar, and others in notable bouts.

At a period when there was no shortage of ability in that area, his mic abilities were among the finest. He could play both the heel and the face.

A notable fact about Kurt Angle is that he had grown more agitated by 2006. His relationship with McMahon was deteriorating, he was in excruciating agony, and he wanted a break badly. He was eventually let go by WWE. On August 8, he fought Sabu for the final time. Since then, Angle has expressed remorse over his choice.

Following his departure from WWE, he joined TNA. TNA was the sole viable rival to Angle's previous company, which had effectively monopolized the business at the time. He was the show's greatest draw and the most dedicated performer. In 2016, he departed TNA after losing his last bout to Bobby Lashley.

He has also fought for the ‘New Japan Pro-Wrestling' (NJPW) (2007–2009), ‘Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide' (2012), and many other independent organizations, in addition to the two main American outfits.

John Cena inducted him into the WWE Hall of Fame on March 31, 2017. Angle was named the new general manager of the brand on the April 3rd edition of Raw. At the ‘TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs' pay-per-view event, he competed inside a WWE ring for the first time in 11 years in a five-on-three handicap Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match. At the 2017 ‘Survivor Series,' he also captained Team Raw.

Angle made an appearance on the Raw Reunion show in July 2019, raising a toast with Triple H, Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, Stone Cold Steve Austin, and other wrestlers from his time.

Kurt Angle WWE retirement

An important fact about Kurt Angle is that he made a surprise comeback to Raw on October 8, dressed as "The Conquistador," surviving a battle royal and advancing for the WWE World Cup at Crown Jewel after previously eliminating Baron Corbin.  In the opening round of the WWE World Cup Championship, Dolph Ziggler beat Angle.

On November 5, Angle fought in his first Raw bout since 2006 for a Survivor Series slot, losing to Drew McIntyre in dominant manner, with McIntyre utilizing Angle's trademark ankle lock finishing move to force him to submit.

On December 16, Angle returned to TLC to assist Braun Strowman, Apollo Crews, Finn Bálor, Bobby Roode, Chad Gable, and referee Heath Slater in defeating Baron Corbin and robbing him of his authority.

The following night on Raw, Angle, Crews, Roode, and Gable easily beat Corbin in a handicapped-no-disqualification match to keep him from becoming Raw's permanent general manager. Angle was eliminated by Shinsuke Nakamura at the 2019 Royal Rumble on January 27, 2019.

A notable

fact about Kurt Angle

is that he announced his retirement at WrestleMania 35 on the March 11 edition of Raw, choosing Baron Corbin as his last opponent.

Angle went on a "Farewell Tour" throughout the next several weeks, taking on Apollo Crews, Chad Gable, Samoa Joe, and AJ Styles, to name a few. Angle lost his last bout at WrestleMania 35 against Cody Corbin.

Angle assaulted Corbin on Raw after WrestleMania, and was then attacked by Lars Sullivan, who was making his Raw debut. Angle then went on to work as a producer in the backstage area.

An important fact about Kurt Angle is that he made an appearance on Raw Reunion on July 22, when he was joined by Triple H, Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, Stone Cold Steve Austin, and other wrestlers from his era to raise a glass.

Angle got the nickname ‘El Stiffo’ from the six-time WWE Champion, Hulk Hogan. “I remember wrestling Hulk Hogan in Madison Square Garden.

It was a six-man tag, and afterward, he went to the back to the Gorilla position, and he walked up to Vince, and he said, ‘Hey Vince, the Olympic boy is a little El Stiffo.’ That’s what he told Vince. I did lay into him that night. It was dumb. I was stupid on my part,” Angle explained in an interview.

Angle appeared as the special guest referee for a bout between Drew McIntyre and Cedric Alexander on the August 5 edition of Raw in his hometown of Pittsburgh.

Angle was then assaulted by "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt after McIntyre and Alexander took out each other before the bout started. As a result of financial cutbacks resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak, Angle was dismissed from his WWE contract on April 15, 2020.

Angle would be a featured celebrity judge in the steel cage battle between Matt Riddle and Timothy Thatcher on the NXT brand on May 23, according to the WWE.

On the May 29 edition of SmackDown, Angle reappeared once again to announce the addition of Matt Riddle to the roster. In an interview with CBR, Angle stated that WWE offered him a new contract to return as Matt Riddle's manager, but he declined because he wanted to concentrate on his health and his nutrition company.

Kurt Angle professional wrestling style and character

An important

fact about Kurt Angle

is that he was told not to view old videos when he first started training as a professional wrestler since the technique had altered during the Attitude Era and the bouts were more violent.

Instead, he learnt through watching wrestlers like Steve Austin, Triple H, and The Rock at the time. Angle said that his bout against The Rock at No Way Out 2001 marked the shift from "funny, silly Kurt Angle to a more serious fighter," with more offensive usage.

Angle's Olympic gold medal has been a part of his professional wrestling character on many occasions. His personality changes depending on whether he's a face or a heel. Angle is typically a role model as a face, but as a heel, he arrogantly exploits his accomplishments to belittle others.

Angle incorporates elements of his amateur wrestling experience into his ring action, executing suplexes such as the belly-to-back, German, or Overhead belly-to-belly, as well as submissions like the Rear naked choke or Triangle choke. To conclude his bouts, he mainly uses two finishing maneuvers: an Olympic slam, nicknamed "Angle Slam," and an ankle lock.

Angle's supporters often shout "You Suck!" to the tune of his entrance song throughout his entrance. Angle's chants began during his February 2001 rivalry with The Rock, but grew in prominence during his 2002 feud with Edge. Angle's character has grown synonymous with the chants, regardless of whether he is a face or a heel.

Angle had recently returned from WWE's resurrected ECW when he initially joined TNA. Angle established the Angle Alliance with AJ Styles and Tyson Tomko in TNA, although it was short-lived.

Angle returned after suffering a neck injury and helped Team 3D, Booker T, and Tomko in defeating AJ Styles. Along with other luminaries like as Sting, Kevin Nash, Booker T, and Scott Steiner, the Main Event Mafia stable was formed. The group is regarded as one of the most successful in TNA history.

When Kurt Angle first joined WWE, he was quickly surrounded by big event talent like as Triple H, The Rock, and Stone Cold Steve Austin. Kurt Angle's work against John Cena and Eddie Guerrero dominated the second part of his WWE tenure.

Angle was at his finest during this time, putting up memorable and entertaining bouts against his fellow SmackDown superstars on a regular basis. Angle made his SmackDown debut against John Cena and continued to fight Cena as he progressed up the card. When Cena returned to WWE in 2017, he was the one who inducted Angle into the Hall of Fame.

Kurt Angle had the opportunity to work with some of the greatest character wrestlers in the world while working for WWE. Angle seemed to do it everything, from backstage parts with Edge and Christian to segments with Austin and McMahon.

No one could ever doubt Angle's technical skill as he transitioned from freestyle to professional wrestling. His performance in WWE, particularly as an arrogant villain, far beyond most people's expectations.

While most people associate Kurt Angle with WWE, the truth is that he spent more time with TNA and was at his best there. Angle was at his finest in TNA, putting up fantastic bouts with Samoa Joe, AJ Styles, Jeff Hardy, and Sting.

He was always a fascinating performer, whether it was with the Angle Alliance or the Main Event Mafia. He was the guy who helped TNA reach new heights and was the man around whom they developed the business for many years, demonstrating just how talented he was.

While Kurt Angle spent the bulk of his career in WWE, TNA was where he reached his pinnacle. Angle joined with WWE in 1998 and spent the first year of his career learning the ropes of professional wrestling. In the early 2000s, Angle worked his way up the card to become a main event competitor.

Angle then stunned the wrestling world by announcing his departure from WWE in 2006. Angle would subsequently wrestle for TNA for the following ten years of his career. Kurt Angle even stated that TNA was where he had his greatest wrestling years.

Kurt Angle in cinema and video game

From the WWF Royal Rumble in 2000 through WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2007, Angle featured in every WWE/F video game. Angle makes his comeback to WWE video games after an eleven-year hiatus as a playable character in WWE 2K18 (downloadable content), followed by WWE 2K19 and WWE 2K20. TNA Impact! TNA Wrestling, and TNA Wrestling Impact! All feature him.

After retiring from professional wrestling, Angle has shown interest in pursuing a career in acting. In the short film Chains, he made his cinematic debut as a racist jail deputy in 2008. In the 2009 film End Game, he portrayed serial murderer Brad Mayfield. On a third-season edition of Pros vs. Joes, he was pitted against the Joes alongside Jimmy Smith and Kendall Gill.

Angle made an appearance in Criss Angel Mindfreak's episode "Car Wreck Vanish." In the 2011 film Warrior, he portrayed Russian MMA champion Koba (in a non-speaking role), and in River of Darkness, he played local sheriff Will Logan.

Kurt Angle other activities

Angle stated on Sirius Satellite Radio's Right When Wrestling that after his contract ended in 2011, he would become a part-time wrestler in order to focus on Angle Foods and his acting career.

He portrays himself as both a human and a zombie in the 2013 film Pro Wrestlers versus Zombies. Angle also appeared in the 2014 cult film Sharknado 2: The Second One and the 2014 romantic comedy film Not Cool, in which he had a minor part.

In the film The Last Witch Hunter, he played a witch hunter. In the film Pain and Gain, he has a cameo appearance in which he brawls with Dwayne Johnson's character in a jail battle. In February 2016, Angle appeared on an episode of Duck Dynasty.

Angle joined Protos Foods, the makers of OSTRIM, an ostrich-meat-based snack, as a marketing representative in 1996.

He served as a sportscaster for WPGH-TV, Pittsburgh's local Fox station, for a year in 1997. He also appeared in a commercial for Pizza Outlet, a Pittsburgh-based pizza restaurant.

Angle's pizza commercial and his time on WPGH-TV would both be referenced on WWE television (the latter through the WWE Network show Ride Along), and his time on WPGH-TV would also make him a Sinclair Broadcast Group alumnus despite never having appeared for Sinclair-owned wrestling promotion Ring of Honor.

Angle has long been a fan of mixed martial arts (MMA) and has shown an interest in competing on occasion. Angle was in negotiations to compete as a heavyweight competitor on the 10th season of The Ultimate Fighter, but failed the medical criteria, according to UFC president Dana White.

On October 28, 2015, Angle signed with Bellator MMA. On the eve of Bellator 145, he attended a fan gathering, then entered the commentary booth the following night for Bobby Lashley vs. James Thompson, when he teased fighting for the promotion himself.

It's True It's True, Angle's book, was published on September 18, 2001. Angle was chosen to appear on the cover of metal band Emmure's second album The Respect Issue in 2008, where he is portrayed on the album's front and back covers, as well as the inlay.

Angle revealed in 2021 that he and Conrad Thompson would co-host The Kurt Angle Show, a podcast.

Kurt Angle social media

Regarding

Kurt Angle social media

, it should be mentioned that he has an Instagram page (

@therealkurtangle

) with 1.5 million followers. In the page we can see various pictures of him with the fans and his family and some pictures of him during his glory days in WWE and TNA.

He also has a Twitter account (

@RealKurtAngle

) with 1.2 million followers. He often posts new stuff on his Twitter page.

Kurt Angle body measurements

Speaking about

Kurt Angle body measurements

, it should be mentioned that the American star is 6 ft 0 in (183 cm) and weighs 220 lbs (100 kg).

Kurt Angle net worth and salary

Kurt Angle's net worth

was reported to be over $30 million as of late 2017, according to reputable sources, with his primary source of income being his participation in professional wrestling.

Kurt Angle's monthly pay is estimated to be about $350,000, according to reports. Angle has worked in a variety of promotions during his career and is considered a legend in the industry. His sponsorships have helped him amass a sizable fortune. He has also appeared in a number of Hollywood films, which has contributed to his impressive earnings.

Angle has also been on the silver screen on many occasions during his career. In 1996, he joined with the World Wrestling Federation and made his debut appearance at a pro-wrestling event (WWE). As a backstage producer, he is now employed with WWE. Kurt's net worth now is mostly due to his WWE wrestling career.

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