WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle who is a six times World Champion in WWE and also is six times TNA Heavyweight Champion of the World recently talked about his match against the Beast Incarnate Brock Lesnar in Japan where he defeated the former eight times WWE World champion for the IWGP World Heavyweight championship.
The rivalry between Kurt Angle and Brock Lesnar in WWE from 2003 is considered as one of the best feuds in the history of professional wrestling. The feud went on for quite a long time and their match from WrestleMania XIX where Kurt Angle defended his WWE Championship against Brock Lesnar was a classic match. Brock Lesnar defeated angle in this match to earn his second WWE Championship.
Kurt Angle On His Match Against Brock Lesnar For IWGP Championship
In WWE we could never witness this phenomenal match after the feud ended. But the match did take place in Japan in 2006 when Angle was holding the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship and Brock Lesnar challenged him for the title in Japan. The match was not very long but it was an excellent match. In this match Angle defeated Brock Lesnar, and it was no normal victory, Angle defeated Lesnar by submission.
This match is not much talked about or discussed among the professional wrestling fans like their match from WrestleMania XIX where they fought for the WWE championship. It was also the main event of WrestleMania XIX. Most of the fans consider the match from WrestleMania XIX being the better of the two phenomenal matches of the duo.
Kurt Angle who is a six times World Champion in WWE recently spoke to where he talked about his match against the Beast Incarnate Brock Lesnar in Japan where he defeated the former eight times WWE World champion for the IWGP World Heavyweight championship. He said;
“He (Brock Lesnar) called me out of the blue. I guess he didn’t want to do a job for anybody over in Japan. He was IWGP Champion. It was the third belt that we wrestled for, the IWGP third belt. I heard Brock was stripped of that title, but he wasn’t stripped because I beat him for that title.
“Brock wanted me to come over to Japan to wrestle him so he could lose to me, and I would end up losing to somebody over in Japan. That was his idea. I told him I would do it. We were good friends, very close, and if he wanted me to come over and do that for him, I was willing to do it. TNA gave me the approval.
“Obviously, TNA got paid for those events because they were paying me, so I didn’t see any money from the events in New Japan for the IWGP Title even when I continued to defend it. I think I did it three more times. TNA was getting that money, and that’s when I put a stop to it and said, ‘Ok, I can’t be going over to Japan and not making any money. This is ridiculous.’ That’s when I dropped the title because they wanted me to hold it for a while longer, and I said, ‘No. I’m going to drop it the next time I wrestle in Japan.’”
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