Kurt Angle lets in on the details of “f**king awesome” finish to his WrestleMania 20 match against Eddie Guerrero

The WWE Hall of Famer and Olympic gold medalist, Kurt Angle, is a successful and talented wrestler in the world. As a former WWE, WCW, and TNA Champion, he shared the ring with the likes of Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, and The Undertaker.

Despite being retired, Kurt remains highly active on social media and continues to contribute to the professional wrestling community by sharing memories from his time in various wrestling promotions. In a recent interview, Kurt revealed the ideas behind the finish of his match against Eddie Guerrero that took place at WrestleMania 20 in 2004.

Kurt Angle revealed the actual orchestrator behind the finish in his WM 20 match

The 20th annual pay-per-view event of WWE, WrestleMania 20, took place in 2004 at the famous Madison Square Garden, in front of 20,000 WWE fans. It was a historic WWE event that featured some memorable moments, including the WWE Championship match between Eddie Guerrero and Kurt Angle. The match concluded with Eddie pinning Kurt in a unique fashion, retaining his title.

During an interview with Inside the Ropes, Kurt revealed the original idea for the finish. He said, “We were on tour the week before. I believe we were in Asia. I believe in Japan. And Eddie stops me. We were going to the hotel, and I was entering my hotel room. and Eddie ran up to me because he was down the hall in a different hotel room. He runs up to me and says, ‘Hey, Kurt, I just came up with the finish for our WrestleMania match.”

The finish was actually Eddie’s idea, as he revealed to Kurt Angle a week before the match, when they were on a tour in Japan. Angle was impressed by Eddie’s creativity and agreed to go along with it. He later praised Eddie for coming up with such a perfect finish for their match.

Kurt also said, “I mean, him untying his boot. And then I had the ankle lock on it, and it slipped off. And then Eddie rolled me up real quick. What a great finish. It doesn’t get any better than that, especially when you’re talking about characters. Me being a heel, Eddie being a babyface.”

Kurt Angle and Eddie Guerrero
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The match was a classic, with Kurt initially having the upper hand by targeting Eddie’s ankle and applying his signature submission move, the Ankle Lock. However, Eddie cleverly untied his boot while Angle was holding the submission.

When Angle attempted to reapply the hold, Eddie’s boot came off, leaving Angle stunned. Seizing the opportunity, Eddie quickly rolled up Angle for a surprise pinfall. This brilliant finish showcased Eddie’s character, charisma, and his ability to lie, cheat, and steal his way to victory.

Angle named his top 3 opponents in WWE

In the latest episode in his podcast, The Kurt Angle Show, Kurt revealed the top 3
WWE superstars he worked in the promotion. He said, “Top three. I don’t know what order, but Benoit, Shawn Michaels and Eddie Guerrero are three favourites to work with, without a doubt. All three of them.”

Kurt also added, “Eddie was five foot eight. Chris Benoit was five foot eight, and Shawn Michaels was a little taller. He was six foot, but he weighed about 190. But these guys were undersized and they were still one of the best.”

Kurt Angle and Shawn Michaels
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Chris Benoit, Shawn Michaels, and Eddie Guerrero were the three WWE superstars Kurt Angle picked as his favorites to work with. Despite their smaller stature compared to him, their skills and charisma propelled them to significant success in WWE. Kurt’s list prompted fans to recall the contributions of the late Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero, who will forever hold a place in the hearts of WWE fans.


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