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Kurt Angle thought Brock Lesnar was dead after botched shooting star press at WWE WrestleMania XIX

Conrad Thompson has launched a new podcast with Kurt Angle on On the debut episode of “The Kurt Angle Show,” Angle and Thompson cover WrestleMania XIX. Angle dropped the WWE Championship to Brock Lesnar on that show.

On this show, Angle reveals that he was not supposed to be on the show because of his neck issues. He also reveals that he was supposed to drop the title on the SmackDown before WrestleMania and Chris Benoit was supposed to be his replacement in the match against Lesnar. Angle also talked about his issues with pain pills, Lesnar’s botched shooting star press, and more.

Here are some highlights from the podcast:

Angle said he feared Brock Lesnar was seriously injured doing the shooting star press in their match at WrestleMania XIX:

“When Brock was in the corner, I was looking out of the corner of my eye when I was laying in the ring. When he went to jump, he hesitated and did a pause, and just said, ‘Oh, f*ck it.  I’m going to go.’ I think that hesitation caused him to fall off balance forward, so he couldn’t get a full rotation when he turned backwards to flip. He didn’t quite make it. I knew, gosh, when he landed, I thought he was dead. I thought he broke his neck. I thought he was dead. He wasn’t responding. I said, ‘Brock, are you ok?’ He wasn’t saying anything. I went over and I covered him and said, ‘You got to kick, you got to kick’ because I didn’t want to hold that title for another day. I was selfish hoping Brock would kick out so I wouldn’t have to hold the title. He kicked out and I told him, ‘Can you get up?’ He said, ‘I don’t know.’ I said, ‘Alright, I’ll lift you up.’ I went to lift him up and I said, ‘When I get you up, scoop me up in the air, F5 me and cover me.’  I said, ‘Can you do it?’ He said, ‘I think so.’ He went and did it. He covered me. He won, one, two, three. Afterward, he was so disheveled. He was confused. He didn’t know where he was. He was supposed to come over and pick me up and hug me. We were supposed to become friends. He wasn’t coming over. I told the ref, ‘Tell him to come over. I’m down selling. He’s supposed to pick me up.’ He wasn’t coming so I walked to him and I hugged him. I said, ‘Are you alright?’ He said, ‘I don’t know.’ We got in the back and we had an ambulance waiting for him to take him to the hospital and he wouldn’t go. He was not going to go. He was being stubborn. He was pretty pissed off. I had to talk him into getting in the ambulance to go to the hospital. Eventually, he did.”

Angle said if he wasn’t injured, he was supposed to have a long title reign:

“I was supposed to go on a lengthy title run, so this changed because of my neck. I probably would have held the title until the following Mania. It was hard to accept because when you think about that, all the main events you would do with the world title, you are going to make a boatload of money that year and that was all taken away from me. It is kind of depressing, but what are you going to do?”

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