After several weeks of vignettes , Angle made his televised WWF in-ring debut on November 14 at Survivor Series at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan , defeating Shawn Stasiak .  He began using The Patriot 's entrance theme " Medal " for his ring entrance, which became associated with Angle for the rest of his career. In his initial push, he remained undefeated for several weeks, eventually losing to the debuting Tazz by passing out at the Royal Rumble .  Angle's television character was an "American hero" gimmick based on his gold medal win at the 1996 Summer Olympics. In his promos, Angle presented himself as a role model and stressed the need to work hard to realize one's dreams, stressing the 3 I' s, "Intensity, Integrity and Intelligence". In his promos and ring entrances, Angle would always wear replicas of his gold medals around his neck. While he stood for many principles that are associated with "good guy" wrestlers , Angle was noticeably booed in his debut match and even the next night on Raw Is War in his match against The Godfather . which took place in his own hometown of Pittsburgh. The fans in general did not react positively to his billing as the first "real athlete" in the WWF, which ultimately led to him being portrayed as a villain , talking down to the audience and behaving as if he thought he was better than the fans and fellow wrestlers, usually taunting them with the question of, "Where are your gold medals?".