WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle recently took to his The Kurt Angle Show podcast and discussed his match against Chris Benoit in 2001, which was a Steel Cage Match on RAW, and how the match had several high risk spots. Angle also discussed Steve Austin not wanting to work with him after the match.
Kurt Angle said:
“The german [suplex] spot was the most dangerous spot we did in that match.” “That’s the toughest one to take, off the top rope backward. The chances you’re going to land on your head, probably 99% of the time you’re going to land on your head. Taking a chance moves that you do that you don’t know if you’re going to get injured or not. Chris and I had to prove a point that night, we were upcoming talent, [Stone Cold Steve] Austin was out there watching the match, we were trying to impress Austin. I think we went way too far because we actually scared him away.”
“We were trying to show him we wanted to work with him and he’s like these guys are crazy bastards, I’m not going to work with them. He even said that later on down the line, we threw everything and the kitchen sink into that match. Chris and I were crazy that night and his flying headbutt off the top, my moonsault, they all could’ve been finishes. Fortunately we went a little bit further, nobody got hurt but the match turned out to be incredible. It didn’t appeal to [Austin] to want to work with us, we had to earn his respect back eventually another way.”
Kurt Angle also spoke about injuring himself when he did a moonsault before his match at Royal Rumble 2003.
Kurt Angle said:
“I did a moonsault before my match at Royal Rumble 2003, I did a moonsault in a match about 6 weeks prior and I had to have knee surgery.” “I tore a meniscus in my knee cartilage and I had to have it taken out. It is brutal on your knees and it’s also brutal on your toes and your rib cage.”
“It’s a tough move, it can hurt your neck too because you’re arching your head up and whiplashing your head backwards. It’s a really tough move to take.”