• Kurt Angle Explains Why The WWF Booked Him To Debut As A Heel
During a recent interview with ‘The Hannibal TV’, WWF Legend Kurt Angle revealed why the World Wrestling Federation booked him to debut as a heel at the Survivor Series 1999 PPV, despite being an American Hero, who actually won an Olympic Gold Medal 3 years earlier.
Here’s what the 2017 WWE Hall Of Famer had to say:
“I thought they were full of crap.
I thought the fans were going to accept me as a babyface but Vince McMahon said, ‘They are not going to. They don’t know who you are, they know you won an Olympic Gold Medal but they don’t know you personally and when people come into the business and they’re pushed really hard, they’re usually going to be booed’.
He said, ‘I will make it happen. I have the right equation.’
They tried it with The Rock in the mid-90s and they tried to make him a babyface and they did everything they could and it backfired so they wanted to use the same equation with me and push me as the babyface, you know, the man with the three I’s, I take vitamins, drink milk and I won an Olympic Gold Medal.
I’m about intensity, integrity and intelligence and what I think that did was made me so cut and dry like a milk drinking, vitamin taking nerd.
They actually made my character a bit of a nerd and I was oblivious to everything.
They did a really good job of setting it up to make me a heel.”
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• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (May 1, 2005) – WWE Backlash 2005
On this day in Pro Wrestling history on May 1, 2005, World Wrestling Entertainment aired their annual ‘WWE Backlash’ event LIVE on PPV from the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire!
This was the 7th annual Backlash event held by the WWF/WWE from 1999 till 2009 and again since 2016.
Below are the results from that night:
– Intercontinental Championship: Shelton Benjamin (c) defeated Chris Jericho
– The Hurricane and Rosey won a Tag Team Turmoil Match (World Tag Team Championship)
– Last Man Standing: Edge defeated Chris Benoit
– Kane defeated Viscera
– Hulk Hogan & Shawn Michaels defeated Daivari & Muhammad Hassan
– World Heavyweight Championship: Batista (c) defeated Triple H