• Kurt Angle Recalls Accidentally Breaking WWF Veteran’s Arm
On his podcast, WWE Hall Of Famer Kurt Angle recalled accidentally breaking Bob Holly’s arm during a moonsault and feeling very bad about it.
Holly was out of action for months and took a hit financially.
Here’s what Angle said:
“I was going to do my moonsault for the first time in my career, and I never practiced it. Bob and I were in the ring, and I knocked Bob down, and I went up to the top rope to do the moonsault, and Bob was a little further out than I expected, and when I went, I wrongly gauged the amount of distance I had to go, and my shins ended up hitting his body instead of my stomach.
So, my shins hit his body, he put his hands up to block the blow, and my shins hit his arm—compound fracture right through his wrist. I mean, his arm was hanging. It was really bad.
He is such a bada$$, he finished the match. We had another 10 minutes left. We finished the match, and you could tell his arm was broken.
I felt so bad I went to the hospital with him. After that, I dropped him off at his hotel, and I checked on him for the next three or four weeks to make sure he was okay. You’ve got to feel bad as a sports entertainer.
When you take away money from these athletes by injuring them. I mean, Bob Holly was out for three or four months after that. So, he lost a lot of money that year, and it was my fault.
I felt very bad, so I kept checking up on him because I have a lot of respect for Bob, and I like him a lot.
A couple of years after that, he told me it meant a lot that I actually stayed with him at the hospital. I dropped him off at the hotel and kept in touch with him. He actually told me another story.
I’m not going to say who, he said I was injured another time, and that person never even called me, contacted me, didn’t even take me to the hospital. Didn’t do anything.
He said I appreciate what you did for me, and I was very grateful for that.”
Kurt Angle,right before inadvertently breaking Hardcore Holly's arm with this misplaced moonsault,June 27,2000,Hartford,Connecticut.Holly would miss several months of action. pic.twitter.com/LzhpoY6M4Y
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• ON THIS DAY IN WWE HISTORY (December 26, 2002) – WWE SmackDown!
On this day in 2002, World Wrestling Entertainment aired another episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWE SmackDown!’.
This episode was pre-taped at the Convention Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma and featured matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWE Royal Rumble 2003’ PPV.
Here’s the match-card:
1. Bill DeMott vs. Crash Holly
2. Eddie Guerrero & Chavo Guerrero vs. Edge & Billy Kidman
3. Rikishi vs. Bull Buchanan
4. Chris Benoit vs. The Big Show