Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 30, 1996
Date Finished: July 31, 1996
Format: Single-elimination tournament with classification rounds for placements.
The two favorites were American [Kurt Angle], the 1995 World Champion, and Iran’s [Abbas Jadidi], who seemed to have won the 1993 World title in light-heavyweight, only to lose it on a doping positive. He returned in 1995, placing at the 1995 Worlds, behind Angle. Angle and Jadidi met in the final, and neither wrestler could gain an advantage, the match going to overtime. It ended after eight minutes, with the score still tied at 1-1. The tie-breaker was number of passivity cautions, but both wrestlers had had only two such cautions, so it came down to an official’s decision. When the referee raised Angle’s hand, declaring him the gold medalist, Jadidi went to his knees and begged the officials to review the tapes and reverse the decision. They did not. Jadidi would go on to win the 1998 World Championships. Angle turned professional and became one of the top, and most popular, wrestlers in WWE.
|1||Kurt Angle||27||United States||USA||Gold|
|16||Daniel Sánchez||27||Puerto Rico||PUR||1||2|
|17||Kim Tae-U||34||South Korea||KOR||1||1|