One of the greatest matches in the history of the Royal Rumble event is Kurt Angle vs. Chris Benoit from 2003. Their match for the WWE Championship was a classic and now Angle has said it was his favorite, calling it a masterpiece.
Angle recently spoke with Forbes where he discussed his favorite matches. He also revealed that Triple H came up to him after the match and told him that he raised the bar with his performance. Here is the quote:
“My favorite match is versus Chris Benoit at the 2003 Royal Rumble for the World Heavyweight Championship, or WWE Championship. Chris was a mirror image of me with his intensity, his technique, and his persona. He stepped it up every time in the ring. We matched each other’s intensity, and it just worked extremely well. We had a lot of submission trade offs, and a lot of false finishes, and the match is really intriguing.
After I won, Team Angle came out, we celebrated and I walked out of the ring. The fans stood and gave Chris a standing ovation for 15 minutes, and it was a pay per view Vince McMahon let it go, and the fans appreciating Chris showed us how good that match was. Even Triple H came up to me afterwards, I was only in the business three years at the time, and he said, ‘ you just raised the bar.’ I didn’t know how good the match was. I thought it was okay. Now when I watch it I’m like oh my gosh, this thing’s a masterpiece. To have someone like Triple H telling you that you raise the bar, that’s a huge compliment.”
Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit wrestled on a number of occasions both as partners and opponents and never failed to bring the best out of one another.