Kurt Angle has discussed sharing the ring with Stone Cold Steve Austin and the reason why Vince McMahon decreed Austin’s lower body shouldn’t be shown on camera.
Angle had a storied rivalry with Austin during their time together in WWE. The two WWE Superstars shared many fondly remembered segments with WWE Chairman Vince McMahon as a comedic trio. The two men also shared opposite sides of the ring on many occasions, with one notable match between the two coming at Unforgiven 2001.
Just twelve days after the 9/11 atrocities, the All-American hero and Olympic gold medallist defeated Stone Cold Steve Austin for the WWE Championship in his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Now Kurt Angle has discussed Austin’s struggle with injuries on The Kurt Angle Show [available early and ad-free at AdFreeShows.com] and the reason why Vince McMahon didn’t want Austin’s legs shown on camera:
“I knew he was struggling with his knees. With his neck, he never really sold it. Even after the surgery, when he came back, he was 100% and going hard. What happened with him and the reason why he retired is because his back started to go too. He was really playing with fire because when he got up on the second rope to pose, his legs would twitch really hard. It was noticeable on camera, so Vince McMahon was telling Kevin Dunn, the producer, not to show shots of Austin’s lower body, just his upper body, because his back was starting to go too. He was going to have to have surgery again.”
“He went to the doctor, and that’s what the doctor said. The doctor actually said, ‘I can fix you.’ I think Austin got a little worried that this injury was going to get worse and worse, and even if he had surgery, it was going to be bad. He actually walked out of the doctor’s office and didn’t even answer him. He just left because he didn’t believe he needed surgery. I think he just thought he was done.”
Kurt Angle also recently discussed the text messages he sent Vince McMahon where he threatened to beat up the WWE Chairman and how McMahon responded.