Kurt Angle Recalls Winning The IWGP Title From Brock Lesnar

During a recent edition of The Kurt Angle Show, WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle recalled defeating Brock Lesanr to win the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. The Olympic Gold Medalist also spoke about his days in ECW, and much more. You can read his comments below:

On Vince McMahon’s pitch for him to be the face of the ECW relaunch:

“Vince approached me before anybody else, and he said I’m gonna start a new promotion and I want you to be the face of it. I said what’s it called, and he said ECW. But you’re gonna make less money and work in smaller arenas. I said, ‘Why the hell would I want to do that, Vince?’ He said, ‘Don’t worry, I’ll take care of you on the pay-per-views.’ And Vince did. Whether it be WWE, WCW, or ECW, as long as Vince owns it and he’s running it, I’m gonna do it because Vince has never done me wrong. I didn’t think he was gonna do me wrong in this situation, either.”

On defeating Brock Lesnar for the IWGP Championship in 2007:

“Brock did approach me about working with him in Japan. I ended up going over for NJPW and I had a match with Brock. We had a phenomenal match over there, and I won the world title from him. Brock, after the match, he said, ‘When we do the press conference and we’re sitting up there in front of the press, tell them you want a rematch with me.’ I didn’t know at the time, but I heard Brock was making a ton of money on these matches. He was remaining champion as long as he could, then they wanted to take the title off of him. So, he wanted to do the match and wouldn’t do it with just anybody. He told New Japan if you bring Kurt Angle over, I’ll do the job for him. So, he brought me over and did the job for me, and he wanted to have a rematch because he wanted to make more money. Brock is all about money, and he’s a very stern businessman. Everything is revolved around money for him. It’s money first and passion second.”

(H/T and transcribed by 411Mania)

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