In his early days on the professional wrestling landscape, Kurt Angle quickly took the heat he attracted from WWE fans, leading him to more heelish tendencies and often fueling his Olympic gold medals.
In December 2002, the “Olympic Hero” captured the WWE Championship and with his reign a man considered Angle to be the greatest heel in the game. After his big win at Armageddon, Angle revealed Paul Heyman as the new manager for himself and Team Angle — Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin.
In its most recent episode “The Kurt Angle Show,” Angle said he was notified of the change a week before it was officially announced.
“I thought it was a great idea,” Angle said. “It’s not that I needed Paul (Heyman) to speak for me, but he drew a lot of heat. At this particular time, I was kind of a babyface, so having Paul by my side would bring a little more heat for me.” Angle continued. , considered Heyman “the best heel in the business”.
“He draws a lot of heat. He’s the best promo guy I’ve ever been around. You learn a lot when you’re around him, so I was really happy to have Paul as my manager.”
Less than a year after his television debut, Angle rose to the top of the card and won the company’s biggest prize, the WWE Championship. In October 2000, Angle defeated Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to capture his first world title at the No Mercy pay-per-view. It wasn’t up to him A third run at the titleAlthough, that angle probably really got to master his heel powers.