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Looking back at Kurt Angle’s most memorable moments

Kurt Angle addresses the crowd after being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as part of the WrestleMania 33 weekend at a ceremony on Friday, March 31, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. (Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP Images for WWE)
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In honor of his in-ring return at Tables, Ladders and Chairs 2017, how could we not take a look back some of Kurt Angle‘s most memorable moments? While this segment typically allows us to shed some light on an up-and-coming superstar, it would almost be sacrilegious to not highlight Angle this time around.

The 48-year-old previously returned to the fold as RAW’s general manager before ultimately being asked to step back inside the squared circle — on a pay-per view platform no less! With Roman Reigns unable to join The Shield alongside the tandem of Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins, Angle will be serving as his replacement against the likes of The Miz, Braun Strowman, Kane, Cesaro and Sheamus.

Despite just now returning to the ring as a WWE Hall of Famer after an 11-year hiatus, Angle helped create some of the most memorable moments from the company’s “Attitude Era” and beyond. Because it has been quite some time since the WWE Universe has seen what Angle can do inside the ring, perhaps a quick refresher course is in order.

King of the Ring 2001 — Shane McMahon

Lasting just under 30 minutes, Angle defeated Shane McMahon in a street fight at the 2001 installment of King of the Ring. While the crowd in East Rutherford, New Jersey will never forget that evening, neither will the entire WWE Universe thanks to one of the most ridiculous bumps ever produced. Going down as one of the more infamous moments in the company’s history, such a match not only helped Angle solidify himself as an elite performer both inside and outside of the ring but also McMahon as one of the most legendary daredevils in professional wrestling.

After attempting to shatter what was supposed to be easily breakable glass, it ultimately took several tries for Angle to toss McMahon through the pane.

SummerSlam 2003 — Brock Lesnar

It is no secret that Angle is a former Olympic gold medalist while Brock Lesnar was no slouch during his days as an amateur wrestler. While Lesnar has gone on to produce legendary careers as both a professional wrestler with WWE and mixed martial artist with the UFC, this match at SummerSlam 2003 notably featured two of the best amateur wrestlers to ever step foot inside the squared circle.

Ultimately making this match one for the ages, Angle managed to defeat Lesnar by way of his patented ankle lock — and rightfully so considering who the two participants were. But not only that, the presence of Mr. McMahon at ringside while Angle retained his WWE title made for yet another classic moment.

SmackDown 2003 — John Cena

Although Angle was more than capable of both taking serious bumps on the outskirts of the arena in addition to serving as quite the technical in-ring competitor, the former Olympian perhaps most notably became one of the best ever on the microphone as well. While his promos came during an era that featured some incredibly talented linguists such as The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin and many more, Angle still managed to solidify himself as one of the top all around performers the pro wrestling world has ever seen.

“A BROKEN FREAKIN’ NECK!”

An instant classic.

Joe Nocco is a recent graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, born and raised in the New York area. Previously a contributor to SB Nation, Football.com and his own website titled Joe Nocco Sports, among others, Nocco has experience covering a variety of sports having specialized in content surrounding the NFL, NHL, NBA and MLB. You can follow Nocco at @JoeNoccoFRS on Twitter.

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