“Best Wrestler in History”- Kurt Angle Shares a Bizarre Verdict on Vince McMahon

Published 05/15/2021, 8:30 AM EDT


Vince McMahon is a man of many talents. He’s an extraordinary booker, one of the best commentators, a superb heel, but no one’s credited his wrestling. For a man who owns a promotion, McMahon has wrestled multiple matches, including ones at WrestleMania. Despite being a non-wrestler, Kurt Angle gives a bizarre verdict on McMahon’ wrestling skills.

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Kurt Angle heaps praise on Vince McMahon

LAS VEGAS – AUGUST 24: World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. Chairman Vince McMahon is introduced during the WWE Monday Night Raw show at the Thomas & Mack Center August 24, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Vince wrestled his first match in WWE on April 13th 1998 against Stone Cold Steve Austin. Despite the match ending in a no contest, it sparked the beginning of one of the best heel runs in the business. As Mr. McMahon, the CEO of the WWE wrestled a plethora of matches against the company’s biggest stars.

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Although he didn’t have any technical training, McMahon’s matches were full of intrigue and excitement. On the Kurt Angle Show, the former Olympian heaped praise on Vince’s wrestling skills.

“What you see on TV with Vince [McMahon] isn’t the real Vince. He likes to ham it up a bit and you know, that’s his thing. He’s the best wrestler in history. In other words, when he wrestles, everybody watches. He does these looks with his eyes when he’s going crazy and he’s mad.” (H/T Fightful Wrestling)

It might shock some modern wrestling fans, but Mr. McMahon faced Kurt Angle in a WWE Title match in December 2000. The match ended in a disappointing no contest, but it at least boosted Vince’s wrestling profile in the eyes of one of the greatest wrestlers of all time.

The Boss’ wrestling exploits

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Some could argue McMahon egotistically built WWE’s product in the Attitude Era around him. However, that notion is entirely false. Yes, he portrayed an egotistical authority figure who made wrestlers’ lives hell, but that was his job. As the biggest heel in the Attitude Era, Vince had to do horrible things to get the a**-kicking he deserves.

McMahon shocked the world by winning the 1999 Royal Rumble, taking his feud with Stone Cold Steve Austin to the next level. Despite winning the Rumble, it wasn’t him but Austin who faced The Rock at WrestleMania. Speaking of WrestleMania, Vince has faced the likes of Shane McMahon, Hulk Hogan, HBK and Bret Hart the Show of Shows.

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In terms of titles, McMahon has held the ECW Championship, which he won from Bobby Lashley in 2007. McMahon also crowned himself the WWE Championship after pinning Triple H on SmackDown in 1999.

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Nathan Fulgado

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Nathan Fulgado is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Having published close to 1000 professional wrestling articles, Nathan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier's College. He has previously worked at Free Press Journal as a local journalist.

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