• Kurt Angle Tells A Story Of Suffering A Serious Concussion During A WWF PPV Main Event
During a recent episode of his weekly ‘The Kurt Angle Show’ podcast, our Olympic Gold Medalist revealed that he was legitimately knocked out during his SummerSlam 2000 pay-per-view Triple Threat Match against Triple H and WWF Champion The Rock for the Title.
Here’s what Kurt had to say about the match:
“Pat Patterson was a big part of it. Rock, Triple H, and I all threw in our two cents worth. The story of the match was Triple H had to take me out at the beginning because he was so angry at me for kissing Stephanie.
We had to do a table spot. I wasn’t supposed to get knocked out for real. It was supposed to be a work. Unfortunately, the table gave way early. Triple H had my arms behind my back with his Pedigree finish, and he didn’t have time to let my arms go so I could protect myself. The table gave way early, and I got knocked out for real.
This was a nightmare because the match was structured where I was supposed to get ‘knocked out’, pretend, then I was going to come back, join in with Stephanie, and try to help Triple H. Not help Triple H, but get involved in the match.
Stephanie wanted me involved in the match because The Rock was kicking Triple H’s a$$. That was the story of the match. I was supposed to get knocked out early. I was going to come back 10 minutes later, go wrestle in the match, and the finish was the finish, which was The Rock going over.
The match told a great story. I don’t remember any of it. It was put together very well, but I have no recollection of it.
I did watch it back and you could tell I was completely out of it. You could tell they were calling spots to me if you look very closely. I don’t have any recollection of the match. I remember up until the table spot and then my memory came back when I was in the hospital with an oxygen mask on.
I have no recollection of what happened for like three hours that night. Watching it back, I wish it would’ve refreshed my memory, but seeing it, it was like doing it for the first time. It was like, ‘Oh my God, I didn’t know I did that.’
That was the first time I had that severe of a concussion. I did have a slight concussion four or five months prior, but this one was a heavy concussion.”
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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (August 29, 1998) – WWF Shotgun Saturday Night
On this day in 1998, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Shotgun Saturday Night ‘.
It was pre-taped at the CoreStates Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and featured matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF SummerSlam 1998’ PPV.
Here’s the match-card:
– DOA vs. Ace Darling & Devon Storm
– Dick Togo vs. Bob Holly
– Headbangers vs. The Pitbulls
– D’Lo Brown vs. Dustin Rhodes