• “It’s money first, passion second” – Kurt Angle On Former WWE Champion
On the newest episode of his weekly ‘The Kurt Angle Show’ podcast, our Olympic Hero talked about Brock Lesnar’s 2005-2007 run as the IWGP Heavyweight Champion in Japan, and how Brock only agreed to drop the Title to him.
Losing the Title to Angle on June 29, 2007 was Lesnar’s last professional wrestling match until returning to the WWE in 2012.
Here’s what the 2017 WWE Hall Of Famer had to say:
“Brock did approach me about working in Japan. I ended up going over for NJPW, I had a match with Brock, we had a phenomenal match over there and I won the World Title from him.
Brock after the match said, ‘Hey, when we do the press conference and we’re sitting up there in front of the press, tell them you want a rematch with me’.
I didn’t know at the time, but I heard Brock was making a ton of money on these matches, he was remaining the champion as long as he could and then they wanted to take the title off of him so he wanted to do the match.
He wouldn’t do it with just anybody, so he told New Japan if you bring Kurt Angle over, I’ll do the job for him.
They brought me over, he did the job for me and then he wanted to have a rematch so he can make more money.
Brock is all about money. He’s a very stern businessman. Everything revolved around money for him.
It’s money first, passion second.”
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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (May 24, 2001) – WWF SmackDown!
On this day in 2001, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF SmackDown!’.
It was broadcasted from the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, California and featured pre-taped matches & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF King of the Ring 2001’ PPV.
Here’s the match-card:
1. X-Pac vs. Eddie Guerrero
2. Kurt Angle vs. Spike Dudley
3. Dean Malenko vs. Raven
4. Grandmaster Sexay, Steve Blackman & Trish Stratus vs. The Goodfather, Bull Buchanan & Ivory
5. Kane vs. Rhyno
6. Fatal-4-Way TLC Match: Chris Jericho & Chris Benoit vs. Edge & Christian vs. The Dudley Boyz vs. The Hardy Boyz