Kurt Angle has named one of the most important matches in his career that took place in TNA Wrestling.
In 2015, Kurt Angle had been a professional wrestler on television for 16 years after debuting in WWE after Survivor Series 1999. After a seven-year run in WWE ended in 2006, Angle moved to TNA Wrestling (Impact Wrestling) where he worked for the next decade.
While TNA was on tour in London, England, Angle challenged the TNA World Champion Bobby Lashley to a match on January 31, 2015. Angle would go on to win the match that aired on tape delay on March 20th.
It was the last time Angle would hold the TNA World Title, which he held six times in his career. Angle’s title reign lasted 145 days when he lost it to Ethan Carter III.
During a recent Q&A episode of the Kurt Angle Show, the Olympic Gold Medallist explained why it was one of the top five moments of his legendary career.
“That title win was one of my top five moments and I’ll tell you why. I was in my late 40s and I didn’t know if I was still in my prime. This match was a great test for me. Bobby Lashley was in his prime, I’m near the end of my career, I’m wrestling for the World Title, and I beat him. We had a great match. It gave me the confidence to continue to move on. Because at this point in time, I was actually considering retirement. But after beating Bobby and having that great match with him, I knew I wasn’t done wrestling. So that match had a huge impact on my career and it’s one of my top five moments.”
Angle was inducted into the TNA/Impact Hall of Fame in 2013 and the WWE Hall of Fame in 2017.