On the latest episode of "The Kurt Angle Show," the WWE Hall Of Fame and Conrad Thompson covered WrestleMania 21. Angle wrestled Shawn Michaels on that show in a match that many say was the true main event because they stole the show.
Here are some highlights from the podcast:
Angle talking about writer Brian Gewirtz:
“All my funny skits, besides the stuff with Stone Cold, which was Vince, pretty much, were all written by Brian. He had a knack for it. He loved comedy. He loved stupid comedy. He had a great personality. It showed in his writing. I knew that he wanted to be a writer for Hollywood movies and TV shows. When he joined Dwayne's company, I knew that we were probably going to see the last of Brian in WWE. I think he’s with Seven Bucks Productions, so he’s writing for them. Great for Brian. Great for The Rock. He’s got the best writer on the planet right now.”
Angle tells us the story of somebody stealing his Olympic medal:
“When I started, I used my gold medal. I used it religiously. I also had about 15 other gold medals, but the one real gold medal had green material on it. What happened was a few months after I debuted, I was in Baltimore at a show. We just got done. It was a TV. I went outside and there were about 5,000 fans waiting there. It was where the wrestlers parked. I said, ‘Ah man, they’re going to want my autograph.’ I put my bag down to sign autographs and my gold medal was in it. Well, one of the fans stole it. I’m going to tell you the longer story and this is crazy. I was going to call the police, but I called Vince McMahon instead because earlier that night, during the show, Stephanie McMahon walked out down the ramp, and someone threw a baseball at her. Vince McMahon went to security and said, ‘You find the SOB that did that. I don’t care how much money it takes. You tell fans that you keep offering money until they say yes. Offer them $100. If they don’t want to do it for $100, then $200, $300, $400, $500. Security was going around asking the fans and they weren’t going to tell. They ended up doing a really high number and one of the fans said, ‘He did it.’ I was thinking in my mind that Vince can do this for me right now. I called Vince and he didn’t answer. I hung the phone up and I said, ‘Someone stole my gold medal.’ Thank God a fan called that fan that stole it on their cell phone and said, ‘That bag didn’t have T-shirts and merchandise in it. It had Kurt’s real gold medal. You need to bring it back.’ The fan brought it back. He said he found it around the corner next to a bus. I was like, ‘Whatever, but, thanks for bringing it back. I appreciate it.’ So, long story short, I stopped using my gold medal right then and there. Vince McMahon decided to make three duplicates that looked exactly like the gold medal. They weren’t gold, but they were made out of metal. I used those. Two of them got stolen by a couple of the fans. Whenever I would have my match, I would go out to the ring, take my medal off, place it on the mat or on the steps, and wrestle my match. One of the fans hopped over and grabbed the medal and hopped back and ran away. That happened twice. There is only one duplicate left by the time I left the WWE.”
Angle was asked if there was any debate about him beating Shawn Michaels at this show:
“Vince left it up to us. I was surprised. I didn’t know that he did. What happened was when I met with Shawn four days before WrestleMania, we went to the place where they structured the matches. At the hotel, they had a party room where they had a ring set up. Shawn came to me and said, ‘Hey, listen. We don’t have a finish for WrestleMania, but I think you should go over by tap out and this is why. I think you’re going to do a program with Batista and we need to make you look really strong.’ I was like, wow. Shawn Michaels just basically said he’s going to do a job for me and tap out. I was pleasantly surprised. I didn’t know if he was serious. It showed me that he respected me and that he knew that we would have an incredible match and it wouldn’t matter whether he won or lost. So I do understand the program with Batista which never happened, but I’m sure it was supposed to. But, Shawn just decided to let me win without the guarantee that we were going to wrestle again, because there weren’t any plans of us wrestling after that. Not at that point.”
Angle’s thoughts on the match itself:
“It was the first time that I was really proud of a match. I felt like my work of art was completed properly and done perfectly. It was that type of match. It was special in every way, from beginning to end. You watch the match over and over and you can pick out some flaws here and there, but for the most part, that match was as perfect as it can get. Everything about it. The psychology, the false finishes, the amount of time on the heat, the wrestling at the beginning, the finish. The finish was awesome because a lot of feature matches don’t have straight up finishes. The ref gets bumped or someone cheats. This right here we had a baby-heel match and we had a straight up victory from the heel. That’s what made the finish so special.”
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