• WWE Hall Of Famer Says Vince McMahon Didn’t Trust His Durability
During a recent edition of his podcast, WWE Hall Of Famer Kurt Angle talked about his 2006 run with the World Heavyweight Championship (Big Gold Belt) on SmackDown!
When World Heavyweight Champion Batista was injured and vacated the Title, Kurt won the Title in a 20-man Battle Royal on the January 13, 2006 episode of SmackDown! and went on to defeat Mark Henry at the Royal Rumble PPV and The Undertaker in an underrated classic at the No Way Out PPV, before losing the championship in a triple threat match at WrestleMania 22.
Below are the highlights:
Vince McMahon not trusting his durability:
“I believe so because I didn’t have a Title run for, I think, 2 or 3 years, you know. I had a lot of health issues with my knee and my neck. I wasn’t holding up the way Vince expected me to. The last thing I wanted was another injury, and I got it but thank god, I was able to, I don’t want to say hide it, but you know, keep it under wraps.”
On breaking his neck 2 weeks before the Royal Rumble 2006 PPV:
“Yes. It was our rubber match (with Shawn Michaels), and it was on RAW, I think, right? I did an Angle Slam from the top rope and landed on my head. I broke four vertebrae and my neck again. The thing is, I went back to the doctor, and the good thing is no disks moved. They are still in place. The vertebrae were broken, they were cracked.”
On winning the World Title in 2006:
“I knew I was eventually going to get the World Title because I stayed healthy for so long, and this setback would have set me back even further. And I probably wouldn’t have won another World Title in WWE for the duration that I stayed there. So it was important for me to stay in the game and get another World Title.
So I asked him if I could keep wrestling. He said, as long as I be careful, you’ll be fine. I did wrestle against Mark Henry. I actually wrestled Undertaker at No Way Out with my neck broken.”
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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (March 5, 1989) – WWF Wrestling Challenge
On this day in 1989, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Wrestling Challenge’.
It was broadcasted from the Hersheypark Arena in Hershey, Pennsylvania and featured pre-taped matches, promos & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF WrestleMania V’ PPV.
The card can be found right here:
– The Rockers vs. Barry Horowitz & Dino Corovello
– Mr. Perfect vs. Scrub
– Big John Studd vs. Chris Duffy & Mitch Carey
– Greg The Hammer Valentine & Honky Tonk Man vs. Scrubs
– Hercules vs. Iron Mike Sharpe
– The Powers of Pain vs. Garry Starr & Nelson Veilleux