Kurt Angle has divulged the original plans to have him and his brother Eric team together in WWE and why those plans never transpired.
Angle had his brother’s help in matches first starting at Survivor Series in 2000. While facing The Undertaker, Kurt Angle sought refuge from the Deadman under the ring. The Undertaker gave chase and dragged Angle out before delivering the Last Ride and attempting a pinfall. The referee in the bout counted to two before realising that the man Undertaker was pinning was not Kurt Angle. The real Kurt Angle then rolled up ‘Taker amidst the confusion for the cheap win. It then transpired the man Undertaker had dragged from under the ring was Kurt’s brother, Eric.
Eric Angle was signed to WWE’s then developmental territory Ohio Valley Wrestling from 2000 to 2003. Speaking on an episode of The Kurt Angle Show, the Olympic gold medallist gave some insight into why Eric’s time in professional wrestling didn’t take off in the same way Kurt’s did.
Kurt Angle explained:
“My brother was getting it, he just wasn’t getting it as quickly as I did. I think the company was comparing him to me, but he was getting it, he was learning, he was improving dramatically. The unfortunate incident of him tearing his tricep, [he] tore the tendon right off the bone from his arm and he had to have surgery. When he had the surgery, the doctor performed surgery the next day and my brother was in excruciating pain.”
“He went back to the hospital and said ‘There’s something going on in my arm, I need to take this cast off’. [The doctor] said ‘Don’t worry, it’s just from the surgery, the pain will go away,’ so the next day [my brother] went back to the hospital and said the same thing. They told him to go home, don’t worry about it, go rest. The third day, [my brother] didn’t have a saw, and he wanted to saw off the cast himself so he went to the Home Depot and sawed off the cast.”
Angle goes on to explain that when the cast came off Eric’s arm there was a nasty surprise awaiting:
“What he did, he looked at the incision and there was a huge infection. He pushed on the incision and all this yellow and red puss came out. He went directly to the hospital after the Home Depot and he said ‘Look, I told you there was an infection.’ The hospital to protect their ass and for liability said in the report that my brother sawed off his cast and got the infection by sawing off his cast. You don’t get an infection in 10 minutes, he was at the Home Depot 10 minutes prior to when he went to the hospital and they did that to cover their ass and it ended my brother’s career. He couldn’t sue the doctor or the hospital, WWE let him go, and thank god they paid for his surgery before they let him go which was pretty cool.”
Kurt Angle then discussed what the plans were from him and Eric before the injury that ultimately put paid to Eric’s in-ring career. Angle explained that the duo could have joined the Hardy Boyz, The Young Bucks, and Harlem Heat as a brother tag-team combination.
“That was the plan. They wanted Eric and I to tag together, they thought if Eric improved enough he’d be a great tag team partner for me, we could have a good run as a tag team for a while. Unfortunately, he got hurt and it never transpired.”
Kurt Angle was recently the topic of conversation for AEW star and former Olympic boxer Anthony Ogogo. ‘The Guv’nor’ explained how Angle helped when Ogogo’s boxing career came to a sudden end due to injury.