‘Don’t cross the boss’ may be a common saying but it takes on new meaning when applied to WWE Chairman Vince McMahon as Kurt Angle remembers being threatened with a fine for laughing.
Some of the most memorable moments of Kurt Angle’s WWE career came in 2001 when he joined Stone Cold Steve Austin and McMahon backstage in some of WWE’s finest comedy moments ever. Whether it was Angle attempting to sing Jimmy Crack Corn or the Olympic gold medallist looking resplendent in a child’s cowboy hat, fans of that era remember these moments fondly.
For Kurt Angle, filming these skits could be difficult as those involved would often break out into laughter at the ridiculous antics they were portraying. Speaking on The Kurt Angle Show, the WWE Hall Of Famer recalled things becoming so bad that Vince McMahon had to threaten two of his biggest stars with fines to get through filming.
“There were a lot of instances where, you know, we had to break the pre-tape and do it over again because we were laughing so hard. Vince was getting p*ssed off. Vince decided, ‘Listen, if you guys continue to laugh during the pre-tapes, before I yell cut, I’m going to fine you $2000 for each one. So, we got really serious about the pre-tape even though they were supposed to be funny. We had to, you know, be more serious about what we needed to do and what we needed to accomplish. We decided we weren’t going to laugh anymore, and we were able to get the pre-tapes done a lot quicker then.”
The skits ended when Austin shockingly turned on Angle, McMahon, and the WWE to side with The Alliance led by Shane and Stephanie McMahon. Angle eventually followed suit before screwing Austin and The Alliance in the ‘Winner Takes All’ match at Survivor Series 2001.