• Kurt Angle Was Blocked From Taking A Role In Famous Hollywood Movie By Vince McMahon
During a recent episode of his weekly ‘The Kurt Angle Show’ podcast, our Olympic Hero revealed that Vince McMahon once blocked him from appearing in the famous Hollywood blockbuster movie ‘Pearl Harbor’, because Vince didn’t want to lose another wrestler to Hollywood after Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson made the move.
Here’s what Kurt Angle said:
“It was a blockbuster movie. I was one of the leading roles. They wanted me and WWE said no. It was Pearl Harbor. It was a guy that was the hero that died at the end. I didn’t see the movie, but I was told who it was gonna be.
Unfortunately, they said no, and the reason, and I totally get it, Rock just left and Vince was putting everybody on lockdown. He wasn’t going to lose another wrestler to Hollywood.
So for the next several years, 5 or 6 years, nobody was allowed to do anything after Rock left. So it was very difficult to get any type of movies because WWE was controlling you and you had to do what they told you to do.
But eventually, thank god, you know, it loosened up and then John Cena and Edge started getting movie roles, Batista, and everything started opening up.”
The movie featuring Hollywood Superstars Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett, Alec Baldwin & Jon Voight was released in May 2001 and drew $449.2 million at the box office with a budget of only $140 million.
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• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (September 6, 1988) – Old School Veteran Passed Away
On this day in 1988, we lost Old School Wrestling Veteran “Bad Bad” Leroy Brown (Real name: Roland Daniels) at the young age of 37 due to a heart attack.
He wrestled for several territories such as Georgia Championship Wrestling and Jim Crockett Promotions, among many others.
He also competed at the ‘NWA Starrcade 1984’ event under the name Elijah Akeem, as one half of The Zambuie Express.
† REST IN PEACE LEROY BROWN
November 30, 1950 – September 6, 1988