Kurt Angle has opened up about the unfortunate in-ring accident that saw him break Bob ‘Hardcore’ Holly’s arm in a match on SmackDown in 2000.
Speaking on The Kurt Angle Show podcast, the WWE Hall Of Famer discussed the accident and the aftermath. During the match, Angle attempted a moonsault onto Holly. As Angle explains a misjudgement in distance was to blame for the arm-break.
“Oh yeah, I felt really bad. I wanted to make sure, when I hurt Bob, the problem was I didn’t practice the moonsault. I think I might have hit it one other time before that, and I never practiced how far out I would go. So, when I placed Bob in the middle of the ring, I went up really high, and I didn’t go far. I fell short, and my shins hit his arm, and he had a compound fracture. Both bones were completely broken.”
“I was flipping out. I was like, ‘Oh my god, what are we going to do? Bob, just stay down. He said, ‘No, let’s finish the match.’ Well, I don’t remember what’s next, so he is calling the match to me, and while we’re doing it, I’m grabbing his arm to shoot him off the ropes, and it’s his broken arm, and he’s like, ‘Oh s**t, you’re hurting me.’ Every time I would grab his arm and shoot him off, he would scream really loud, and it was really, you know, it was a hard match to finish. It seemed like forever. He was injured, and I didn’t want to hurt him any more than he was. But Bob is a badass and he was going to finish the match regardless.”
Anecdotal evidence suggests that wrestling etiquette requires a wrestler to look after and check-in on a colleague that they injure. Kurt Angle then discusses doing those very things for Holly:
“When I hurt him, I wanted to make sure he was okay. I took care of him, I checked up on him, I took him to the hospital, I went and got him food. For the next several weeks I called him, making sure he was okay. I felt really bad about what happened, and I wanted him to know that I sincerely apologised.”
“It was the right thing to do, I didn’t have any second guesses about it. I just wanted to make sure he was okay, mentally and physically, because when you are in the business, that’s a tough blow. Bob was getting pushed really well at that particular time, so, you know, to take money away from him because he would have to take off for a few months really affected me. I wanted him to know that I was really, really sorry.”
Kurt Angle has also recently quashed the rumours of Taz being dangerous in the ring. Angle would face Taz in the former ECW star’s debut match in WWE.
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