Kurt Angle reveals the secret to his early career success.
At Ringside Fest 2018, Angle was interviewed by Sam Roberts and asked about how he was able to flip the switch from "winning all the time" as an Olympic wrestler to "entertaining" as a professional wrestler.
"It was the fact that I was an Olympic Gold Medalist and I felt very legitimate," said Angle. "Nothing I did would hurt my credibility. So I could make an ass out of myself. I could be the butt of a joke and it wouldn't matter. Vince McMahon taught me that early on. He said, 'We're going to do a lot with you and you're not going to like it, but it's going to make you a big star.' I just did what he told me to do. I didn't fight him on anything. I actually embellished it. I loved being the idiot. It worked out extremely well. I don't regret it. It added a lot to my career and why I've been so successful in sport entertainment."
Angle's ability to "make an ass out of himself" led to many memorable moments including his backstage segments with Steve Austin and Vince McMahon during the Invasion and his interactions with Edge and Christian.