Kurt Angle has opened up about an unfortunate incident early in his career which saw him break Hardcore Holly’s arm with a mis-judged moonsault.
In June 2000, Kurt Angle had been on WWE’s main roster for less than a year but was already making a name for himself as one of the fastest rising stars in the company. Despite his relative experience, Angle had won both the European and Intercontinental Titles before losing belts at WrestleMania 2000 to Chris Jericho and Chris Benoit respectively.
However, his ascent to main event star, which he would complete before the end of the year, wasn’t totally without incident. On the June 29th edition of SmackDown, Kurt Angle faced Hardcore Holly in singles action. During the match, Angle went for a moonsault but misjudged Holly’s position below. As a result his legs landed heavily on Holly, breaking his arm.
Speaking on a recent episode of his podcast, The Kurt Angle Show, available via AdFreeShows, the WWE Hall of Famer expressed his regret at the incident. Angle explained that he felt especially bad as Holly lost out on a large amount of money due to the injury.
“I felt so bad I went to the hospital with him. After that, I dropped him off at his hotel, and I checked on him for the next three or four weeks to make sure he was okay. You’ve got to feel bad as a sports entertainer. When you take away money from these athletes by injuring them. I mean, Bob Holly was out for three or four months after that. So, he lost a lot of money that year, and it was my fault. I felt very bad, so I kept checking up on him because I have a lot of respect for Bob, and I like him a lot,”
Angle also revealed that despite Holly being appreciative of what he did for him in the aftermath of the accident, the same couldn’t be said for a different unnamed star.
“Bob told me that. A couple of years after that, he told me it meant a lot that I actually stayed with him at the hospital. I dropped him off at the hotel and kept in touch with him. He actually told me another story; I’m not going to say who; he said I was injured another time, and that person never even called me, contacted me, didn’t even take me to the hospital. Didn’t do anything. He said I appreciate what you did for me, and I was very grateful for that,”
Expanding further on how the incident happened, Angle detailed how he hadn’t even practised the move before attempting it in the ring. He went on to praise Holly’s toughness as he finished the match despite his arm clearly being broken.
“I was going to do my moonsault for the first time in my career, and I never practiced it. Bob and I were in the ring, and I knocked Bob down, and I went up to the top rope to do the moonsault, and Bob was a little further out than I expected, and when I went, I wrongly gauged the amount of distance I had to go, and my shins ended up hitting his body instead of my stomach. So, my shins hit his body, he put his hands up to block the blow, and my shins hit his arm—compound fracture right through his wrist.
I mean, his arm was hanging. It was really bad. He is such a badass; he finished the match. We had another ten minutes left. We finished the match, and you could tell his arm was broken,”
Hardcore Holly returned to action before the end of the year, going on to win the Hardcore Championship on a handful more occasions. Holly even faced Angle again in the first round of the 2001 King of the Ring tournament.
H/t to Sportskeeda for the transcription.