Kurt Angle On Brock Lesnar At WWE WrestleMania XIX: “I Thought He Was Dead”

Brock Lesnar & Kurt Angle

Brock Lesnar created his own WWE WrestleMania moment back in 2003 – but not in the way he would have wanted.

Going up top to hit a shooting star press on WWE TV for the first time, he didn’t rotate far enough and landed square on his head.

Kurt Angle spoke about the incident recently on his new show, The Kurt Angle Podcast, stating he thought ‘The Beast Incarnate’ was dead after the incident.

When he went to jump, he hesitated and then just said ‘awe f*** it, I’m just going to go. I think that hesitation cost him to fall off balance forward so he couldn’t get a full rotation backward when he went to flip. 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 okay?’ He wasn’t saying anything, I went over and covered him and told him ‘You gotta kick [out], you gotta kick,’ because I did not want to hold that title for another day.

Afterward, he was so disheveled. He was confused, and 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 and he wasn’t coming over [to do that]. I told the ref to tell him to come over and he wasn’t coming so I walked to him and hugged him.

We got in the back and he 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 and eventually he did.

It’s also interesting to note how Angle, whilst clearly concerned for Lesnar’s wellbeing, was also keen to make sure the match finished as planned so he lost the WWE Championship.

You can listen to the full segment of the podcast below.

With thanks to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.