Jim Ross recently spoke about how Brock Lesnar angered him during a marquee match at WrestleMania.
The incident in question occurred at WrestleMania 19, back in 2003, when ‘The Beast Incarnate’ faced Kurt Angle for the WWE Championship in the main event of WWE’s biggest show of the year.
Towards the end of the bout, in a now infamous spot, Lesnar ascended to the top rope and attempted to hit a Shooting Star Press. Unfortunately, the former WWE Champion misjudged his leap and under rotated, landing on his head and narrowly avoided suffering a serious injury.
Lesnar and Angle managed to recover from this mishap and finish the match, which saw Lesnar come out victorious and capture the WWE Championship. However, Jim Ross has now revealed how he was furious that the risky spot was even attempted.
Speaking on his Grilling JR’podcast, the AEW commentator elaborated on why he believes the decision for Lesnar to try such a risky move was ill-advised:
“I don’t need to see a 300-pound guy doing a Shooting Star Press. I don’t. And when he did it at WrestleMania 19, I was pissed. Why? Why do it? It’s a spot. That’s all it is. A guy that is a national champion should be able to convincingly beat his adversary in a variety of ways without risking his career.”
The scary incident clearly unsettled the legendary announcer and he spoke about how the fact that Lesnar is such a freak athlete may have been what saved him from suffering a potentially paralysing injury:
“If his neck wasn’t 20 inches, and he wasn’t strong as an ox, he could’ve broken his neck on that really easy and we’d be talking about Brock Lesnar in the terms of maybe our old friend Darren Drozdov or something.”
Lesnar will be in action this Saturday, facing Roman Reigns at SummerSlam in a Last Man Standing match for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship.
H/t to 411Mania for the transcription.