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Something slightly different this time around guys and geeks, as we celebrate Kurt Angle’s long-awaited return home.
On the 16th of January, 2017, American sports programme giant ESPN broke the news on Twitter, which was later confirmed by the official WWE Twitter page. This year’s Hall of Fame ceremony, which will take place the night before Wrestlemania 33, will be headlined by the former WWE Champion Kurt Angle.
Personally, I can think of fewer, world-renowned wrestlers who are more deserving of this accolade.
Breaking into the WWE in 1998 after winning his Olympic Gold medal in 1996 – with a broken freakin’ neck! – Kurt quickly made an impression. Acting as an All-American hero, Angle was known as a straight-laced, no nonsense competitor who boasted one of the best technical prowess in the history of the sport.
Feuding with the likes of Triple H, The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin, and the Undertaker, Angle made a massive impact in the main event scene from the very start of his WWE career. One of the few Grand Slam Champions in the promotion – meaning he has one each of the main singles titles at least once within his career – Kurt is a champion through and through.
From preaching his three I’s (Intensity, Integrity, Intelligence) to moving on to other American wrestling organisation TNA where he played a part in their Main Event Mafia team, to going into local independent promotions in America and even across the UK in recent months, to say Kurt Angle has done it all would be an understatement.
Having not been associated with the company since 2006, rumours are abound that he may have ended up being one of the surprise entrants in January’s Royal Rumble PPV – he wasn’t. Regardless of if he actually returns to active competition considering his unfortunate history with personal health issues, Kurt Angle is home. Oh it’s true, it’s damn true!
– James Wright (08/02/17)