WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle has recalled how The Rock got “p***ed” at legendary referee Earl Hebner after a mid-match mistake
Speaking on the latest episode of ‘The Kurt Angle Show’, which centred around No Way Out 2001 where The Olympic Gold Medalist dropped the WWE Championship to The Great One, Angle revealed how Earl Hebner would mistakenly stop counting during the finish of a match.
“Well, you know, I distinctly remember Earl probably thought that was the first Rock Bottom. I believe we had a Rock Bottom earlier in the match, and Earl forgot. So, the finish was supposed to be the second Rock Bottom, and Earl thought the second one was the first. So that’s why he hesitated on the count.”
Angle went on to say how The Rock was “p***ed” and told Earl Hebner to “count the motherf***ing finish” – but stated that the People’s Champion was cool and composed by the time they got backstage.
“Dwayne, The Rock was p***ed. He picked me up, Rock Bottomed me, and told Earl, looked him in the eye, and said, ‘Count the motherf***ing finish!’ (laughs). He is p***ed! Earl is going to get it when we get back to Gorilla. But Dwayne, he was mad at the time, and when he got backstage, he cooled down. He didn’t yell or anything. We all make mistakes.”
The WWE Hall of Famer had high praise for The Rock, though, who would use his initiative to make the mistake nonconsequential in the bigger picture by simply hitting the Rock Bottom again.
“Things like these happen. You just have to move forward and continue on with the match, and that’s what Rock did; he took the initiative to Rock Bottom me again and, you know, get the win. So, you know, that’s an experienced wrestler.”
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