Now this is a thread for wrestling fans everywhere to debate, whether it be pro fans or amatuer fans. Who would win in a real wrestling match between Kurt Angle (from '96) or Cael Sanderson? Cael Sanderson was undefeated his entire 4 year collegiate career. If he wins gold at Athens this summer at the Olympics, will it prove that he's better than Angle? Now NO BASHING these two athletes because there's no way that you can say either of them suck or is no good. Please explain as to why you picked the person you picked.
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If it's Kurt in 1996 vs. Cael now, you can't compare. Kurt was in the 220 pound weight class (he weighed in at 212, however). Cael wrestles in the 185 pound weight class (I'm not sure what he weighs in at). Two different sizes, two different styles. I've seen both wrestle up close, and Kurt was a freak of nature. Cael was very impressive as well. Perhaps I'm biased because I saw Kurt when I was about seven years old (my father coached him for the Team Pennsylvania team in the summertime and was in his corner when he won the US Freestyles) and I saw Cael wrestle when I was in my 20s.
Kurt Angle is one of the greatest amateurs ever. That's a fact, now that his career is over. Beating Abbas Jadidi was perhaps the biggest win an American freestyle wrestler has ever had in the Olympics. Rulon Gardner's win over Karelin was the biggest American Greco-Roman win in Olympic History, for those of you wondering.
We'll see how Cael does against the best in the world. While the United States has some good wrestlers, the Russians and the Middle East have absolute monsters. I think he'll be just fine, but we'll have to see. His level of greatness won't be seen until he faces the best in the Olympics. I hope he wins, because he's great for the sport, just like Angle was. Plus, unlike other sports, there's nothing to do after the Olympics that will make you any money. Unless you enter the WWE, which is still largely looked down upon by "real" wrestlers.
But, like I said, you can't compare the two. In his prime, Kurt outweighs Cael by 25 pounds (if Cael weighs in at 185, which I doubt), which, in amateur wrestling is huge. That's the reason amateur wrestling has weight classes. So right there, Kurt has an advantage. And you can't compare their skills, because if you watch both men, they wrestle very differently. They have to, once again, because of their sizes.
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If all these wrestlers were in their prime, who would win? -Andre the Giant against the Big Slow, oops I mean Big Show? -Ted DiBiase against Shane Douglas? -The Ultimate Warrior against Goldberg? -Brett Hart against Kurt Angle?