• Kurt Angle Reveals What Happened When He Had A Real Match With Brock Lesnar Backstage In WWE
During his appearance on Broken Skull Seasons, WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle talked about his neck injuries, Brock Lesnar & more.
Below are the highlights:
On working WrestleMania 19 with a broken neck:
“I basically got kind of like a ‘fix you up real quick’ the last few years, and I had to do it two more times. I just had been putting off the inevitable, but yeah, I did that and it worked.
I mean, I came back and what happened was Brock Lesnar – I was on his back and had him in a chokehold. He ran full speed across the ring and he tried to turn his back to the turnbuckle, and we only got sideways and my neck snapped. And he was fast; he ran fast and he was powerful.
My neck just snapped with three broken vertebrae. It was bad. I couldn’t lift my arm the next day and I can’t work. I went to a gym and I couldn’t lift a 10-pound dumbbell.
I’m like, ‘Oh my God. I got to get back home!’ So, they sent me home and I was going to have surgery, and then I called Vince and said, ‘Hey, you want me to wrestle Brock at Mania before I have the surgery?’ And he said, ‘Yeah.’
So, I got the doctor to clear me and he let me wrestle. And then, the next day after WrestleMania , I had the surgery.
You know, I wasn’t supposed to lose there. I was supposed to keep my title for a while. But with the neck – hand it to Brock – he’d only been in the business and on TV six months prior. He was doing that finish [Shooting Star Press] in OVW. It was both of our faults. I agreed to it, and it just wasn’t a smart decision.”
On having a real match with Brock Lesnar backstage:
“Well, I had a lot of respect for Brock. When he came in, the boys were joking with him, telling Brock, ‘Hey, you’re not an Olympic Gold Medalist. You’re an NCAA Champion. How would you do against Kurt?’ And Brock said, ‘I would whip his a$$,’ and then they told me. I would’ve said the same thing if I was Brock.
So now, the pressure is on me. I got to go confront Brock and say, ‘What would happen if you and I wrestled?’ There’s a big difference between Olympic gold and the NCAA. Anybody with the right frame of mind knows that, but if you’re not a fan of Amateur Wrestling, you don’t know the difference between Olympic Gold Medal and NCAA. An NCAA Champion is great, don’t get me wrong. It’s awesome, but there’s a big difference.
Brock is a big man; he’s probably 60-70 pounds heavier than me. I was around 215-220. He’s probably around 280 [at the time]. So, I knew the size difference, and the crazy thing is that bastard is as quick as I am. He’s an animal!
But what I had was experience and positioning, so there wasn’t really anything that Brock can do to score on me. So, I would just stay patient. And we had the match, and it was really close.
I never admitted to kicking his a$$ and all that, but I scored a takedown on him, and that was the end of it. It was one takedown, so it wasn’t anything big, but I showed the boys that at least I was as tough as Brock, maybe a little bit tougher.”
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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (October 20, 1984) – WWF Maple Leaf Wrestling
On this day in 1984, the World Wrestling Federation aired another episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Maple Leaf Wrestling’.
This episode featured pre-taped matches & interviews on the road to the first ever WrestleMania event.
You can find the card below:
1. Dr. D David Schultz vs Robby Parliament
2. Big John Studd vs Bubba Hawkins
3. Junkyard Dog vs Jerry Valiant
4. Cowboy Bob Orton vs Nick Decarlo
5. The Moondogs vs Mario Mancini & SD Jones
6. Andre The Giant vs Butcher Vachon