Kurt Angle: Steve Austin Changed Wrestling
Professional wrestling is an art-form which can take years to master, with some never fully grasping all there is to know about the business before riding off into the sunset that is retirement. Making his debut in late 1999, Kurt Angle was one such individual who learned quickly, becoming WWE Champion by October 2000. It was clear as early as the turn of the millennium that Angle had more than a firm hold on the fundamental skills necessary to be a main-event player in WWE; showing an ever-increasing amount of personality to add to his impressive in-ring abilities.
Widely praised for his rapid improvement, Kurt Angle has in the past been quick to acknowledge the roles played by men such as Vince McMahon, The Rock and Triple H in his development. Many fans have deservedly showered praise on Angle himself, citing his success as key in the argument that it can give an advantage over peers to have experience or training in Amateur wrestling before breaking into the pro wrestling industry.
Speaking in a recent interview with The English online magazine, Angle revealed the role played by Steve Austin during his initial year in WWE, also stating how under-rated he feels Austin is as an in-ring performer.
"One of the most underrated wrestlers - not entertainers, but wrestlers - in the history of professional wrestling. Steve Austin changed the face of wrestling. I wrestled him in my first year in the business, and I knew nothing. Austin carried me through every match that we had."
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