Kurt Angle and Samoa Joe presented some amazing matches together during their TNA days. Back when TNA really cool and it was extremely entertaining, when WWE too used to consider TNA as a worthy rival, wrestlers Kurt Angle, Sting, Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair and many more wrestling legends worked for the Total Nonstop Action.
The most memorable match between these two individuals has to be their match from TNA Genesis 2006. Samoa Joe was going undefeated for a year and a half, until he met the former six times WWE World Champion Kurt Angle who made Joe submit for the first time in his TNA career.
Kurt Angle Looks back At His Matches With Samoa Joe At TNA
But was it Kurt Angle’s favorite match with Samoa Joe? Recently, on the Kurt Angle show podcast the former six times TNA World Heavyweight Champion revealed that his favorite match with the ‘Samoan Submission Machine’ was their Six Sided Steel Cage match from TNA Lockdown 2008 which was scheduled for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. He said;
“That is one of my favorite matches outside of WWE. That’s the one I would’ve talked about had I not picked Yuji Nagata. Samoa Joe was just very physical. You knew you were in for a hard night when you were wrestling Samoa Joe because he’s gonna lay everything in, and he’s a big dude. I love that type of physical wrestling, and I was right there with him doing it.”
The Olympic Gold Medalist also talked about whom he thinks is the best pro wrestler ever. For him, it was ‘The Excellence of Execution’ Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart;
“I believe he is the greatest wrestler of all time. I believe his in-ring performance, there was nobody better. I would say Shawn Michaels and Chris Benoit are close, even myself too, but I still put Bret up there. Don’t get me wrong, Ric Flair needs to be up there too because he’s the man and his technique was superior.
“Ric was a great wrestler that could get people interested in the psychology of the match, and he was also very entertaining and took a lot of crazy Ric Flair bumps – the bump off the top of the rope. You knew what he was gonna do, and he was different in his technique. Bret Hart was just the best overall technician I’ve ever seen in my life.”
In 2020, Kurt was released from his WWE contract as part of budget cuts stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is rumored that WWE is plotting to get Angle back but as a backstage personnel.
H/T and transcribed by 411 Mania