Kurt Angle is undoubtedly one of the most gifted in-ring competitors to have ever graced a pro wrestling ring. He has won several championships while working in WWE and it seems he was the first choice in becoming a historic champion as well.
While speaking on the Ask Kurt Anything segment of The Kurt Angle Show, WWE Hall Of Famer Kurt Angle revealed he was the original choice to become the first-ever WWE Undisputed Champion.
Angle then stated that Vince McMahon told him he decided to go with Chris Jericho instead as he was very popular at the time. Angle added that he agreed with the move and that Jericho definitely deserved it.
“I was actually set to win the (Undisputed) title. But Vince McMahon came to me about a week before and said, “Hey, I’m not going to put the title on you. I’m going to put it on Jericho, because he’s red hot right now, he’s working his way up, and he needs this title more than you.” And I agreed with him, so I said “You’re absolutely right. I’d put it on Jericho too if I were you.” So it was considered for me to win the title, but I think Vince went with Jericho because he needed it more and Chris was a red hot babyface at the time. You know, giving him that title just legitimized him more. He deserved it.”
Chris Jericho became the Undisputed Champion after beating both The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin on the same night at Vengeance 2001. We certainly wonder what would have happened if Kurt Angle was the one to become the Undisputed Champion instead.