On this day 20 years ago, Kurt Angle won his first WWE Championship.
Angle quickly rose up the ranks in WWE, ascending to main event status less than a year after his in-ring debut. In the main event of No Mercy 2000, Angle took on The Rock, who had become the top star in wrestling.
Taking to social media, The Rock commented on having to put Angle over while praising the Olympic Gold Medalist.
Love this match! It was a brilliant build up and promotion. Honored to “do the honors” for Kurt. He’s one of the good guys AND one of the greatest athletes of all time. Rare combo. Didn’t know your wrestling roots go this far back, Ariel. We gotta talk ------— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) October 22, 2020
Angle would drop the title back to The Rock at No Way Out 2001.
The Rock is scheduled to make a wrestling appearance this Saturday at IMPACT Bound For Glory when he appears via a video package as part of Ken Shamrock's IMPACT Hall of Fame induction ceremony.