On a recent episode of his weekly ‘The Kurt Angle Show’ podcast, the 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist shared his views about his Survivor Series 1999 debut opponent Shawn Stasiak, the son of Old School WWWF Legend Stan ‘The Man’ Stasiak.
Here’s what Kurt Angle said:
“Shawn (Stasiak), very talented. He was one of the most talented wrestlers in that camp. He had all the tools, man. He had the look, the promo, and the wrestling.
Sadly, he didn’t have the confidence. That really crushed him. If he had more confidence, he’d have been a huge star in WWE. We had a really good match. Vince McMahon kinda chimed in and asked me to cut a promo halfway through the match, which scared the sh*t out of me.
I hate to say this, but I have to let the cat out of the bag. Shawn was losing his hair, just as I was. He decided to get a hair replacement and it was a week before he was called up for his first WWF stint in 1998. He called WWF and says ‘I can’t get called up now. I’m getting my hair done’.
That was part of the reason why Shawn was painted in the corner, as someone who was not a team player. WWE was like ‘We want you to debut right now’. And he made them wait for like two months. I wonder if that incident affected his career a little bit.”
Shawn Stasiak made his WWF debut in April 1999 under the name Meat, who was soon managed by the Pretty Mean Sisters.
He was released from his contract in December 1999 and joined Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling in April 2000 as a member of The New Blood.
After Vince McMahon bought WCW in March 2001, Stan returned to the World Wrestling Federation and performed for them till September 2002, when he retired from the sport of professional wrestling.
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