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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 9 December 1969Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Birth NameKurt Steven Angle
Nicknames American Hero
King Kurt
Wrestling Machine
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Kurt Steven Angle was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. He is a 1996 Olympic Gold Medal winner in the 220lbs weight category. First ever wrestler to hold the WCW and WWF World Championships during the same calendar year, and has held WWF, Intercontinental, European and Hardcore championships all on separate occasions. Likes to listen to the Olympics theme.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Ryan Harrison (cornflake101@hotmail.com)

Spouse (2)

Giovanna Yannotti (20 July 2012 - present) (1 child)
Karen Angle (19 December 1998 - 26 October 2008) (divorced) (2 children)

Trade Mark (15)

Trademark move: Multiple German Suplexes (a chain of 3 or more German suplexes)
Professional Wrestling Finishing move: Angle Slam
Trademark move: European Uppercut
Trademark move: Body Scissors
Trademark move: Figure Four Leglock around the ringpost
Trademark move: German Suplex
Trademark move: Rolling German Suplexes
Trademark move: Moonsault
Trademark move: Overhead Belly-to-Belly Suplex
Trademark move: Top Rope Overhead Belly-to-Belly Suplex
Trademark move: Crossface Chickenwing (2000)
Trademark move: Bridging Belly-to-Back Suplex (1999)
Professional Wrestling Finishing move: Super Angle Slam/Super Olympic Slam (Top rope spinning belly-to-back suplex)
Professional Wrestling Finishing move: Standing/grapevined Ankle Lock
Finishing move: Angle Slam/Olympic Slam (Spinning belly-to-back suplex)

Trivia (83)

1996 Olympic Gold Medalist in freestyle wrestling.
Defeated Val Venis for the WWF European Title on February 10, 2000.
Won the WWF Intercontinental Belt at No Way Out 2000 from Chris Jericho while still holding the WWF European Belt. He therefore became a "Euro-continental" Champion.
Has bench pressed 420 pounds and has squatted 630 pounds.
Plays the drums.
He was pinned in his first wrestling match. He was eight years old at the time, and got pinned by a chubby kid at the first wrestling camp he attended.
Had a tryout with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1995, although he did not play college football.
The year 2000 WWF King of the Ring.
Got his first Pay-Per-View WWE Championship shot at SummerSlam 2000 on August 27, 2000. He was in a Triple Threat Match against champ The Rock and Triple H, ended up getting concussion before the bell rang after a pre-match fight with Triple H. He lost to The Rock. After the match had finished Kurt Angle returned to the ring to carry 'The Game' Triple H's wife Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley to the back.
Was given a WWF World Title reign after WWF owner Vince McMahon was impressed with the way he carried on with his match with Triple H at Summerslam 2000 despite suffering an unplanned (and very real) concussion after a table collapsed during a move.
Younger brother of Eric Angle.
Graduated from Mt Lebanon High School in 1987.
Won the gold medal at the 1996 Olympic with a not fully healed broken vertebrae in his neck.
At one point, Angle considered trying out for the 2004 Olympics (freestyle wrestling) and was supposedly given a full blessing by Vince McMahon to pursue that avenue. Angle was further encouraged during an impromptu wrestling contest with Brock Lesnar before a WWE event in 2003, which he won despite the facts that Lesnar outweighed him by a considerable margin and was during his college years considered the most dominant wrestler in the NCAA. Due to a combination of factors, however, Angle ultimately decided against trying out.
Will be facing "Edge" in a Hair vs. Hair match at Judgement Day 2002.
Lost the "Hair Match" at WWE Judgement Day!
Originally from Dormont, a suburb of Pittsburgh
After winning Gold in Olympics, had brief stint as a Sports anchor on WPGH Fox-53 Pittsburgh. The title of his segment was "The Angle on Sports".
First on-screen kiss was with Stephanie McMahon, the Boss' daughter.
Father was killed in a construction accident
With Chris Benoit, won the very first WWE (Smackdown Brand) tag team championship at No Mercy, by eliminating Edge and Rey Mysterio
Heads the "Smackdown Your Vote" campaign.
Since debuting in the WWF/WWE (Survivor Series 1999), he has wrestled every American Pay-Per-View.
Lost the WWE title to Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania XIX. [March 2003]
Became the first person to kick out of the 'F5' during his match with Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania XIX
The first move he executed in the WWF was a Fireman Carry
Underwent spinal surgery on his neck in April 2003 performed by Dr Jhu. His neck problems dated back to his amateur wrestling days when he broke his neck during Olympic Tryouts. Kurt's attitude to professional wrestling and his desire to perform his best each night also did not help his injury. However Kurt shocked the WWE by wanting to get back in the ring just two weeks after his neck surgery. Fortunately the WWE Officials refused to allow him until he had medical clearance. However, this did not stop him from returning to the gym to begin working out for his comeback and actually sneaking into the ring before Smackdown tapings to take bumps (moves) to see how his neck had improved. On June 5th 2003 Kurt Angle made his return to WWE Television on Smackdown just two months after having surgery. He was orginally estimated at being out for 12-14 months.
His first WWF loss was to débutant Tazz at Pay-Per-View Royal Rumble on 23rd January 2000. He was beaten by Tazz when Tazz used his submission called the Tazzmission on him
In August 2003 he beat The Big Show in a street fight on WWE TV Smackdown and then beat Brock Lesnar in a WWE championship match at the WWE PPV Summerslam. He is the first professional wrestler to make Brock Lesnar submit to lose a match.
In July 2003 he beat then WWE champion Brock Lesnar and the 500 pound giant The Big Show in a triple threat match at the WWE pay-per-view(PPV) Vengeance to earn his fourth WWE World Championship. This is considered a great feat in that Angle recently came back from neck surgery to accomplish it.
His first WWF loss was to the late Owen Hart in a dark match.
No longer allowed to refer to his finishing move as the "Olympic Slam", due to the National Olympic Committee. Now calls it the "Angle Slam."
Became the first man to lose two titles in one night without ever losing a fall at WrestleMania 2000 in a Triple Threat match with Chris Benoit and Chris Jericho.
WWF King of the Ring 2000. Won the tournament by defeating Rikishi in the finals.
Former WWF Euro-Continental Champion, holding both the WWF Intercontinental Title and the WWF European Title at the same time.
Former member of the wCw/ECW Alliance in 2001. He was the mole in Team wCw/ECW who caused them to lose to Team WWF at the Survivor Series 2001. He attacked fellow Alliance member "Stone Cold" Steve Austin during the main event which allowed The Rock to finish off Austin. Because of Angle's interference the WWF defeated and destroyed the wCw/ECW Alliance.
When he first started wrestling in the WWF (now WWE), he wore all medals he'd won in Olympic competition (there were about 7 in all). After some while, he decided to wear only 2 of them.
Was thrown off a 25 foot ledge on to concrete by Big Show at WWE Smackdown! on April 15, 2004. Due to the internal and external injuries, he announced two weeks later on Smackdown (in a wheelchair) that he can no longer wrestle.
Notable Wrestling Title Wins Include: PPW Heavyweight title; PNW Tennessee Heavyweight title WWE Intercontinental title; WWF European title; WWF King of The Ring 2000; WWE title; WWE Hardcore title; WCW Heavyweight title; WCW United States title; WWE World Heavyweight title.
The only pro wrestler inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame (in 2001).
Returned to the ring and defeated Eddie Guerrero at Summer Slam 2004 (15. 08. 2004) making his opponent tap to the Ankle Lock. He was defeated by Guerrero when they wrestled for the WWE Championship at Wrestle Mania XX which took place in March 2004.
Was the first American to win a gold medal in the 220 lb freestyle wrestling.
In October of 2002, became one of the five superstars to hold all 5 major WWE Champsionships (Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Chris Jericho and Eddie Guerrero have also done this). Known to be Grand Slam Champions, the titles were the WWE World Championship, the World Tag Team Championships, The Intercontinental Championship and the European Championship (The European Champion is now defunct to make it limited to anyone to become a Grand Slam Champion.)
His entrance theme, "Medal," is a slightly modified version of "The Patriot" Del Wilkes' theme. In mid-2001, fans chanted the words "You Suck!" to the beat of the music. Since then, the chants have always been part of Angle's entrance.
Every time he cuts a promo in the ring, the fans follow up each sentence with a "WHAT?" chant, even though it's supposed to be Stone Cold Steve Austin's gimmick.
In 2004 served as the General Manager of Smackdown.
Angle has stated in a number of interviews that he actually burned the first offer McMahon's WWE (then the WWF) presented him with after his success in the 1996 Olympics, due to the lack of respect he had at the time for professional wrestling which he viewed as a joke that tarnished the image of amateur wrestling. After a few failed jobs, including an unsuccessful sports commentating gig at a local television station, Angle decided to pursue professional wrestling and said he not only found it incredibly challenging but also gained a new respect for the industry and its participants. However, despite numerous attempts, he has still yet to gain back the respect he lost from the freestyle amateur wrestling community.
He won a Battle Royal to become World Heavyweight Champion on the 13 January 2006 edition of WWE Smackdown.
Attended Clarion University in Clarion, Pennsylvania where he met his mentor and coach Bob Bubb. He won a pair of NCAA Heavyweight titles in 1990.
Has stated in many interviews he will pursue an acting career after he retires from professional wrestling.
Previous Managers: Steve Blackman, Bob Backlund, Stephanie McMahon- Helmsley, Trish Stratus, Paul Heyman, Luther Reigns, Eric Bischoff, Daivari.
Has a daughter Kyra (b. December 2, 2002) and a son Kody (b. October 26, 2006).
Former WWE Hardcore Champion.
Is one of the few Olympians to have crossed over into Hollywood.
Published author.
TNA Hall of Famer.
His fight scene with Joel Edgerton in Warrior (2011) marked the second time an American professional wrestler made a cameo appearance as a silent Russian character who dominates the protagonist in a fight, only for the hero to miraculously pull off a victory. The first occasion was Kevin Nash's fight scene with Thomas Jane in The Punisher (2004).
Succesfully defended the World Heavyweight Championship against Mark Henry at the Royal Rumble. [January 2006]
Will defend the World Heavyweight Championship against the _Undertaker_ at No Way Out. [February 2006]
Joined TNA Wrestling after the No Surrender PPV [September 2006]
Lost Iron Man Match for the WWE title to Brock Lesnar 5 falls to 4 in Raleigh, North Carolina. [September 2003]
Has been drafted to "Raw" from "Smackdown" during this year's Draft Lottery. [June 2005]
Lost the title to Rey Mysterio. [April 2006]
Released from WWE [August 2006]
Turned heel on SmackDown! during Eddie Guerrero's title defense against his nephew, Chavo Jr. Will face Eddie for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania XX. [February 2004]
Defeated Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania 21 when he made HBK tap out to the ankle lock. [April 2005]
Challenged Bret Hart to a match at a future date (possibly Wrestlemania XX at Madison Square Garden) [September 2003]
Is scheduled to face John Cena for the WWE Championship at Unforgiven. [September 2005]
Fired by Vince McMahon as the GM of Smackdown for having fake injuries and throwing his weight around. [August 2004]
Announced as the new General Manager of SmackDown. [March 2004]
Defeated _Eugene_ at Summerslam and will be in a major feud with _John Cena_ for the WWE Title. [August 2005]
Made a surprise appearence on SmackDown! to compete in a 20-man Battle Royal for the newly-vacated World Heavyweight Championship. He won the match by last eliminating Mark Henry to become the new World Heavyweight Champion. [January 2006]
Will defend the World Heavyweight Championship against _Rey Mysterio_ and _Randy Orton_ in a triple threat match at Wrestlemania 22 on April 2nd on Pay-Per-View. [March 2006]
(August 24) Defends the WWE Championship successfully against _Brock Lesnar_ at WWE SummerSlam. [August 2003]
Wrestled for the last time in WWE due to previous neck injuries. Kurt Angle vs Eddie Guerrero at Wrestlemania XX. [March 2004]
Defeated the Undertaker at No Way Out and defended the World Heavyweight Championship. [February 2006]
Is now on Impact Wrestling (TNA) and is feuding with Samoa Joe and Christian Cage. [2007]
Set to face John Cena alongside Shawn Michaels, Carlito, Chris Masters and Kane for the WWE Championship in an Elimination Chamber Match at New Year's Revolution 2005. [December 2005]
Released from WWE contract due to health reasons [August 2006]
Will face _Shawn Michaels_ at Wrestlemania 21 in their first match against each other. [April 2005]
Inducted into the International Sports Hall of Fame in 2016.
Has a net worth of $20 million.
WWE Hall of Famer.

Personal Quotes (30)

(To Kane): "You say you're the Big Red Machine? Well I'm the Big Red, White and Blue Machine!"
(while in Vancouver) "In Canada, you can't even have a barbecue in your backyard without being attacked by a moose or even a grizzly bar. Then again the Grizzlies don't beat anyone here in Vancouver, oh it's true, it's true."
In Canada, you can't even have a barbecue in your backyard without being attacked by a moose or even a grizzly bear. Then again, the grizzlies don't beat anyone here in Vancouver; oh, it's true, it's true.
Pro wrestling is not fake; it's sports entertainment. We go out there and we perform, and a lot of what we do out there is real, but we're not going to insult anyone's intelligence - there is a predetermined winner. It's just the fans don't know who it is, and that's what makes it so intriguing.
You go from Olympic wrestling into pro wrestling, and it's a very difficult transition, but if you make it, you can earn a great living while at the same time giving amateur wrestling a lot of exposure by being on TV every week. Fans know where you came from.
I don't like to have gimmicks. I don't like to have gadgets and stuff. I just like to go out there and entertain the fans by wrestling.
The cool thing about pro wrestling is we do a lot more acting as far as characters in general than MMA. I know a lot of people like the MMA fighters because they like the rugged look.
It took me a few years to explain to my colleagues and my mentors and the people that I looked up to and I wrestled that I'm not in wrestling anymore. I'm in sports entertainment. Pro' wrestling doesn't mean that we're saying we're a step up above amateur wrestling, because there's nothing above Olympic wrestling.
I'm in professional wrestling, which is what I do for a living. I coordinate stunts. I memorize them.
There are many young Americans that are very distant from our political process.
The Olympics is not really about the sport, it's about the story behind the person. You keep the sport relatively simple to understand - let the fans understand that a takedown is 1 point, a turn is 2, a pin and the match is over. Keep it simple, and keep the story on the individual.
I really have been trying to get in movies with smaller parts, just to get myself in there and get more practice, and not have to take the big lead. In 'Dylan Dog' I was one of the co-stars, and I had a pretty good part in that movie.
There are so many things that have evolved since I wrestled. They don't have periods anymore. They have rounds... it confuses the younger demographic.
Amateur wrestling, you can go by instinct. Pro wrestling, you have to memorize, and you have to go by what moves you said you were going to do. Sometimes you have to feel the crowd and do the moves at the right time and know the timing and tell a good story.
I love Vince McMahon. He came up with the Kurt Angle character. He ran with it, and then I was able to run with it. I thank him for the opportunity he gave me. Vince McMahon was one of my best friends, period.
I'm not going to be a guy that retires and keeps coming back. When I'm gone, I'm gone. Same thing as amateur wrestling; when I won the world championships in Olympics, I left and I never went back. Same for pro.
Wrestlers in the U.S.A. are very aggressive. All they want to do is attack, but they'll make mistakes.
Join me in Olympic Heroes for Abstinence. The best sex is no sex.
Wrestling is such a competitive sport worldwide.
I love doing funny promos like the ones I did wrestling Rey Mysterio.
When Jack Swagger copies my Ankle Lock and Randy Orton does my Angle Slam, it's disrespectful. I didn't come up with the Ankle Lock; Ken Shamrock came up with the Ankle Lock, but I waited until he retired to do the Ankle Lock.
Pro wrestling was there, and I was good at it, thank God. I started getting a lot of offers, but unfortunately, at WWE I was under a tight leash. I think it had a lot to do with The Rock making the transition, and me possibly being the next guy - you know, the company didn't want to lose another top performer.
I've been chastised for going into mixed martial arts and backing out. But the reason I backed out was the terms - they wanted me ready to fight in four weeks, but you've got to be out of your mind. So I decided to go back to my roots, back to wrestling.
I teased Randy Orton because he started using my finish, the Angle Slam. I said, 'Hey, I don't mind you using it, but at least give it a name.' When he hits it, the announcers just say, 'Well, he just hit that... thing.'
You do not boo an Olympic Gold Medalist. I'm the best in the world. I came here for you. You don't boo me.
My true love is with amateur wrestling;, that's where I was born. I've always wanted to wrestle.
We take pride in making our Knockouts Division about wrestling, not about looking pretty.
Believe it or not, I kind of went into professional wrestling so I could get an avenue into acting.
You've got to stay in pretty good shape to be a pro wrestler, and all the TNA wrestlers get a bit nervous when I wrestle them because they're afraid I'll tire them out, but the Olympics is a whole different level.
The hard part for me was being an Olympic gold medalist and having that persona; you don't see too many Olympic gold medalists go into acting. It's actually even more difficult. You're not taken very seriously, and you're looked at in a different light, so it was kind of hard for me to go straight from Olympics into acting.

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