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Kurt Angle exclusive: Hall of Famer on regrets, the one opponent he wished he could've faced and his favourite ever Wrestlemania match

Hall of Famer Kurt Angle recalls his favourite Wrestlemania and reveals the one wrestler he wishes he had faced at WWE's showpiece event.

Few wrestlers with a CV like Kurt Angle's would admit to having any regrets.

The Hall of Famer is widely regarded as one of the greatest wrestlers of his generation having made the seamless transition from Olympic gold medalist to four-time WWE Champion.

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During his decorated tenure in the squared circle, 'The Wrestling Machine' tussled with some of the most iconic superstars of the Attitude Era, including Stone Cold Steve Austin, Shawn Michaels, The Rock, Triple H and The Undertaker. 

His epic match with Michaels at Wrestlemania 21 is held up as one of the greatest of all time, but Angle admits there is one opponent he wishes he could have locked horns with. 

With less than a week to go until Wrestlemania 36, BTSport.com got the opportunity ask Angle who would have been his number one dream match-up.

"Brett Hart," he said."I put the feelers out for him to come back but he had a stroke and he had a really bad concussion that ended his career against Goldberg.

"When I did ask him I told him ‘don’t worry I’ll do all the bumping and I’ll fly around for you’ but he said no.

"I understand now, being 51 and retired he couldn’t put on the Hart performance that he wanted to put on and I understand that.

"If some young guy asked me now I’d probably say no, too, because I can’t perform like the way I used to.

"That’s why I retired early, I have to be all or nothing."

The Olympic Hero's last stand as a WWE Superstar came at WrestleMania 35 where he was defeated by Baron Corbin.

In what was billed as Angle's farewell match, WWE fans watched on with tears in their eyes, Angle said goodbye to the ring, leaving it behind as one of the best to ever step through its ropes.  

Looking back now Angle insists he has no regrets on how he bowed out, despite being offered the chance to extend his career another year and fight John Cena in his final match. 

"I would’ve got to retire any way I wanted to, but the way mybody was, and I how it was shutting down on me, I couldn’t do another year," he said.

"It was my choice. I was supposed to wrestle John Cena at Wrestlemania the year after. 

"I told Vince [McMahon] I couldn’t wait another year and he said ‘well, I’m not changing your opponent, you’re supposed to wrestle Baron Corbin so you’re gonna’ wrestle him’.

"Even though I pitched a few other guys to him, he said if you want to wait a year then fine, but I said ‘no let’s do it.’"

This year's Wrestlemania main event will see Brock Lesnar defend his WWE Championship against 2020 Royal Rumble winner, Drew McIntyre. 

With a potential classic in store, which match from Wrestlemania does Angle remember most fondly?

"I wouldn’t say it was the best technical match, but I really enjoyed watching Hulk Hogan and The Rock," he said.

"That was one of those matches that everybody wanted to see and it didn’t disappoint.

"It was pretty damn good, especially for a singles match.

"You have to remember, Hulk Hogan was pretty limited but what they did do was really good.

"It was such a high-profile match. Dwayne [Johnson] was already doing movies and Hogan is the most popular man in wrestling.

"Steve Austin’s up there with him but he’s the one that changed the business, he’s the one that made it mainstream.

"I think that match made a big impression on me."

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