WWE Hall Of Famer Kurt Angle has sensationally recalled the time that Vince McMahon made sure the Olympic gold medallist attended a meeting with Hulk Hogan to make sure ‘The Hulkster’ would tap out for him.
Hulk Hogan’s legendary career in the wrestling business has spanned decades. From the moment Hulkamania was born he was at the top of the game, and even when that character took a back seat he reinvented himself with his black and white ‘Hollywood’ moniker in WCW as part of the New World Order.
Outside the ring, there has been plenty of discussion of how Hogan could be awkward backstage, including many knowing the phrase “that doesn’t work for me brother”.
Kurt Angle has now shed some light on one occasion where there were concerns this would happen, when ‘The Hulkster’ was set to submit to Angle at the 2002 King Of The Ring.
Speaking on The Kurt Angle Show, the former WWE World Champion discussed the time Vince McMahon ensured he attended a meeting involving Hogan to talk about the finish of the match.
There was one time where Vince was really concerned because I had to make Hogan tap out at King of the Ring in 2002 and he wanted to make sure, he told me that Hulk Hogan would talk him out of it so he wanted me to be in the room with Hulk Hogan when he told Hulk that he was going to tap out to me.
I was really nervous, it’s Hulk Hogan, the biggest name in the business, in the history of the business, and here I’m going to make him tap out for the first time in his career and Vince wants me there to make sure he abides by it.
It just blew my mind, I was nervous and scared and I was inexperienced. I didn’t know what to think or expect and here Vince wanted me to be there just to ensure Hulk Hogan didn’t talk him out of it. There were times where Hogan might have been political in the past, but he wasn’t at this point in time.
Although many expect he will never return to the ring, Kurt Angle did mention recently that he wants to keep the option open for a return.
With thanks to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.