Wrestling dates back to the original Olympics, so when it was revealed that the sport was cut from the upcoming 2020 Games, it left many shocked.

Professional wrestling has seen its share of athletes come directly from Olympic competition. To that end, here are 10 wrestlers who have Olympic experience to their name.


Kurt Angle

The WWE hyped Kurt Angle as their first Olympic gold medalist. He won the gold medal in heavyweight freestyle wrestling at the 1996 Olympics, and remarkably, did so with a broken neck.

Two short years later and he would enter the WWE, and he won the WWE championship in 2000.

Angle was training for a possible 2012 Olympic bid, but an injury ended those hopes and he’s now focused on TNA Wrestling.

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