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Kurt Angle Reveals His Amateur Wrestling Mount Rushmore

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During a recent episode of his podcast, The Kurt Angle Show, WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle discussed a variety of professional wrestling topics. He also revealed his Mount Rushmore for amateur wrestlers.

Here’s what he had to say:

“I would say, John Smith, Dan Gable, Danny Hodge, and a guy named Dave Schultz from Fox Catcher. The guy who got shot and murdered by John du Pont from Team Fox Catcher. Dave was the greatest wrestler I ever saw in my life, the greatest technician, the most intense wrestler I had ever seen, and a badass.

It wasn’t that he dominated, he did dominate but not as much as the other wrestlers we’re talking about. So Dave won a World Championship, might have won two but his brother actually did better. His brother won three World Championships and made two Olympic teams. But Dave was the best, he was the greatest technician of all time, I learned so much from him and I had so much respect for him.


I have to put him in the top four Mount Rushmore. John Smith was one of the greatest takedown artists I had ever seen. He had a new move called the low-single, he would act really low on the ankles. He was so quick you couldn’t catch him and whenever you go to step in to tie up with him, he had your foot and leg.


It was incredible and he had this technique the low single that he dominated, he won four or five World Championships and two Olympics all back to back, seven years in a row. The only wrestler to do that from the United States. John Smith is definitely up there. Kenny Monday is another one I’d put up there but not right now. I’m going to go with Danny Hodge, Dave Schultz, Dan Gable, and John Smith.”

(h/t – Wrestling Inc)

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