Kurt Angle was nowhere near ready to dethrone The Rock and become WWF Champion in late 2000, according to the Hall of Famer himself.
On a recent edition of his “Kurt Angle Show” podcast, the Olympian reflected on winning the richest prize in the company less than a year after his in-ring debut. He said,
“I guess, I mean honestly, for me personally, no, I wasn’t ready. I wasn’t even close to being ready, but that’s because I overprepared, I’ve always been like that. I just felt like right here I was still in my learning phase and you know being my rookie year — I know Brock Lesnar won a world title his rookie year, Big Show did, it’s a tough thing to do.
“I mean especially — I will tell you this, Brock had two and half years of training before he went on TV, that’s a little bit more time to get ready. I literally had seven months.”
Angle would dethrone The Rock at WWF No Mercy 2000 in October of that year and would lose the title back to the Brahma Bull at No Way Out in February 2001.
With his win, Angle became one of a select few to win the WWF Championship in their first year with the company, a group that includes Sheamus and Brock Lesnar.