Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle will headline the WWE Hall of Fame, Class of 2017.
The #WWE made the announcement on its Web site and on Monday Night Raw. Angle is a 13-time singles world champion, winning titles in the WWE and WCW (under WWE ownership) and TNA. Angle also won the IWGP championship and is the only man in history to hold the WWE, TNA, WCW and New Japan's IWGP titles. Angle won the gold medal in freestyle wrestling for the United States in 1996.
Angle also tweeted the news:
Angle joined the WWE in 1999 and stunned the wrestling world with his ability to rapidly transition from the amateur to professional style. He not only was able to adjust to the performance aspect of pro wrestling, he mastered it, and later became regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time. Angle took part in classic feuds with #ShawnMichaels, Brock Lesnar, #TripleH and #TheRock.
He also proved to be quite the entertainer on WWE television. He coined the catchphrase "It's True, It's True," and regularly made a clown of himself for a good laugh.
Angle was released from the WWE in 2006 so that he could deal with health issues. He has spoken publicly about his addiction to pain killers and the physical rigors of performing in a wrestling ring a couple hundred times a year.
The WWE Hall of Fame ceremony will take place Friday, March 30.