“That’s What He Does Best” – Kurt Angle Explains Why The Rock Always Oversold Moves

Published 02/26/2021, 8:26 AM EST


Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is one of the most charismatic wrestlers of all time. No one in WWE history has ever come close to The Rock’s mic skills, but there’s another thing fans always appreciated him for – his selling! Kurt Angle, one of Rock’s rivals, recently revealed the reason behind The Rock’s selling, or rather, overselling.

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Kurt Angle reveals why The Rock oversold his opponents’ finishers

During the recent edition of The Kurt Angle Show, the Olympic Gold Medalist spoke about his and The Rock’s match at No Way Out 2001. During the podcast, Angle revealed why ‘The Great One’ always oversold moves, irrespective of whether they were finishers or not.

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“The Rock was the best, and that’s because he let everybody see his face. A lot of people think that he oversells, but I think he is right on with it. You know, his style is all about selling. That’s what he does best, and that’s why he’s so effective,” said Angle.

MIAMI GARDENS, FL – APRIL 1: Dwayne ”The Rock” Johnson looks on during his match against John Cena during WrestleMania XXVIII at Sun Life Stadium on April 1, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Ron Elkman/Sports Imagery/Getty Images)

Angle detailed how The Rock always wanted every fan watching in the arena, at home, and anywhere else to feel the moment. He said the overselling is what made the match or the moment grand in front of capacity crowds.

The WWE Hall of Famer also praised The Rock’s incredible mic skills, but quickly got back to praising his selling.

“Of course, you know, he can cut a promo better than anybody else, but, the selling in the ring is what sells tickets, and he does it well,” he said. H/t Sportskeeda

The ‘Brahma Bull’ always went a notch higher to sell his opponent’s finisher. From Stone Cold Stunners to Pedigrees and Chokeslams – every finisher looked a lot more exciting with The Rock’s overselling.

A brief history of The Rock and Kurt Angle’s rivalry

Kurt Angle and The Rock first crossed paths on PPV at No Mercy 2000 for the WWF Championship. In a shocking turn of events, Angle defeated the ‘People’s Champ’ with assistance from Rikishi to win his first WWF Championship.

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Angle and Rock would feud again for the WWF Championship heading into No Way Out 2001, the subject of his latest podcast. This match between the two at No Way Out is one of their most incredible performances ever.

These two faced off several times in the WWE, and each time they faced, it was a fun match. As far as the selling goes, we totally agree with Angle. You really need to be over the top with your facial expressions and actions to make every fan believe the move legitimately hurt.

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Ishan Chavan

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Ishan Chavan is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Being a Journalism graduate, Ishan has over six years of experience in the Media Production Industry, having worked with Viacom 18's streaming platform, Voot. A wrestling fan since childhood, Ishan's favorite wrestlers are Daniel Bryan, AJ Styles, and Chris Jericho as he feels these three have the perfect blend of wrestling and promo skills, especially Jericho.

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