Kurt Angle has discussed a pay-per-view match between him and Triple H that he feels the creative team “dropped the ball” on.
At No Way Out in 2002, Kurt Angle and Triple H met one-on-one to determine the number one contender for the Undisputed WWE Championship at WrestleMania 18. The Game had not long returned from a lengthy lay-off and had originally claimed the spot in the title match by winning the 2002 Royal Rumble.
The Olympic gold medallist had other plans though and challenged Triple H for his place in the main event. Another caveat was added when Triple H’s soon-to-be on-screen ex-wife Stephanie McMahon made herself the special referee in the bout.
Speaking on The Kurt Angle Show [available early and ad-free at AdFreeShows.com] the WWE Hall Of Famer discussed the match. Angle said he didn’t mind Stephanie McMahon being the official but thinks as a whole, creatively, the bout was a mess:
“Yeah, I was happy with the match. I just hated the ref bumps. There were four referee bumps. It was absolutely way too much.”
“I don’t think she helped or hurt. I don’t think it was really much of a difference, really, whether we had her or not. I think the problem is we had way too many ref bumps. When you have a special guest referee, it can get a little difficult.”
“I’d say this, she should’ve done a fast count, both times, on the count on Hunter. It wasn’t her fault. That was a creative mess. I think the creative dropped the ball on that. I would’ve gotten more heat if it was a fast count.”
Kurt Angle had spent much of 2000 involved in a love triangle relationship with Triple H and Stephanie, and he says he thinks the company wanted to breathe new life into that story, which he admits he found uncomfortable:
“I don’t know what they thought was, you know, the love triangle wasn’t long before this, and Triple H was out for almost a year. So, him coming back and me having a program with him, I felt they wanted to rejuvenate the love triangle and have Stephanie involved in the show, in our program, which I didn’t mind at all. It’s a little bit uncomfortable, but at the end of the day, I’m doing what I can do to have the best possible program.”