• “Vince didn’t want Undertaker to have the World Title at the time” – WWE Legend On Why He Didn’t Face The Undertaker At WrestleMania
On a recent episode of his weekly podcast ‘The Kurt Angle Show’, The Olympic Gold Medalist discussed the No Way Out 2006 PPV, including his legendary main event match versus The Undertaker.
Angle explained that The Undertaker and him had pitched the idea of wrestling each other at WrestleMania 22 to Vince McMahon in December 2005 already, but the WWE Chairman turned them down, so they ended up wrestling at No Way Out.
Here’s what Kurt had to say:
“It was a big deal to us, both Undertaker and myself, having ‘Taker come in at No Way Out and you wrestle him in the main event, usually it’s a downer pay-per-view, but it was an upper.
Taker actually wanted to face me at WrestleMania, he told me this back in December before I had the match at Royal Rumble. I said that’d be fantastic, he said we’re going to have to go to Vince and ask him. We went to Vince and Vince said, ‘No, I’m not ending Taker’s undefeated streak.’
He didn’t tell me why I would have to end his undefeated streak, but the reason was because I was going to win the World Title and go to WrestleMania and wrestle somebody holding the World Title. I think Vince McMahon felt I was going to hold the World Title after WrestleMania, which I didn’t. It was really awesome to have him at No Way Out and the reason Vince booked it, is because we wanted the match at WrestleMania so Vince said no but we’ll make it at No Way Out.
If you don’t think Vince was thinking that, you’re high, of course he’s going to say, ‘Damn, that was my main event of WrestleMania.’ Because I legitimately thought that was the match of the year in 2006, I took pride in that match. I thought that was one of the best matches that anyones ever done. To not be at WrestleMania, Vince was probably like aw sh*t, I should’ve done it. What he could have done is he could have had Undertaker beat me for the World Title, he just didn’t want Taker to have the Title at the time.
I think there was a way to make it work, if Vince was cool giving up the Title to Undertaker or giving it back to me or someone else, that would’ve been a good idea. He just felt like it was too much work all for one match to happen. I believe when he saw the No Way Out match he said, ‘damn, I should’ve done it.’
I believe Batista would’ve been in my spot and he would’ve ended up wrestling Randy and Rey, maybe Undertaker, I know he didn’t have a match booked and I didn’t have a match booked by January so there could’ve been a possibility for Angle vs. Undertaker.
For whatever reason, it didn’t happen. The problem was Vince didn’t want me to lose the Title at WrestleMania and I did anyway! I lost it to Rey.
Either way we should’ve had the match at Mania, Undertaker and myself. I lost the title anyway, Undertaker could’ve just beat me and I could’ve not ended his undefeated streak.”
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• Old School Wrestling Legend Celebrates His Birthday
Old School Wrestling Legend “The Icon” Sting (Real name: Steve Borden) turns 62 today.
During his long illustrious career, Sting wrestled for a lot of big wrestling promotions, such as Jim Crockett Promotions / World Championship Wrestling (1987-2001), UWF Mid-South Wrestling (1986-1987), Total Nonstop Action! (2003, 2006-2014) and World Wrestling Entertainment (2014-2015).
Sting is a former 2-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion (1 in WCW, 1 in TNA), a former 6-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion and a former 4-time TNA World Heavyweight Champion.
In 2016, he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by his old rival “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair.
He is currently signed to All Elite Wrestling.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY STING!