Veteran WWE Referee Mike Chioda has opened up on what he heard from Vince McMahon during the brutal Street Fight between Shane McMahon and Kurt Angle at King of the Ring 2001 that saw the younger McMahon go through several glass panels.
The match was gruelling for both men, but the spot that most fans remember is Angle attempting to suplex Shane McMahon through a glass panel that was part of the stage set. The WWE Hall of Famer failed on the first attempt, with the McMahon bouncing off the panel and landing on his neck, but the second time the glass exploded as McMahon went through it. To get back on the stage, Angle once again attempted to suplex McMahon through another panel, with it again failing the first time. Angle was then able to throw him headfirst through the glass instead.
The Referee for the match, Mike Chioda, was recently interviewed on the ‘It’s My House Podcast’ where he revealed Vince McMahon’s reaction to the debacle
“Kurt Angle and Shane McMahon man. Putting Shane through that glass man several times, and he couldn’t. He could execute it the first, second time and Vince is screaming and everybody’s screaming, don’t do it. Don’t do it again! I’m telling him don’t do it again. Don’t do it, and I’m in his ear.”
However, despite the warnings, Angle continued with the spot, later claiming not to have heard Chioda because he was deaf in one ear.
“And then he does it again I’m like holy sh*t, and I check on Kurt after the match like didn’t you hear me? Don’t fu*king throw him through the thing and he goes no I’m sorry I’m deaf in that ear! Like oh that’s great! So then the other ear didn’t hear it either? I was screaming!”
Angle went on to wheel McMahon back to the ring on an equipment crate and was finally able to put him away with an Angle Slam from a makeshift platform set up on the top rope.
Earlier this year, Kurt Angle said that a Street Fight against Shane McMahon might have been a “great retirement match”, however, he wasn’t sure his body could take the inevitable punishment at 50-years-old. In the end, he had his last match in a losing effort to King Corbin at WrestleMania 35.
H/T to Sportskeeda for the above transcription.