‘Olympic Gold Medallist’ Kurt Angle has gone into details about his WrestleMania 21 Match against Shawn Michaels and how it was his biggest payday in WWE.
Kurt Angle vs. Shawn Michaels was a dream match for every wrestling fan that looked as though it was never going to happen when the star made his WWF debut in 1999. With Shawn Michaels sitting out a four year contract thanks to his severe back problems and addiction and Angle burning fast, it was a race against time to get the pair together.
With a successful 2002 return that proved Michaels was ready to go and arguably better than he ever had been, fans began to look to all the possible fantasy warfares that were previously thought impossible. Number one was a match with submission machine Angle at WrestleMania.
On April 3, 2005, devotees got their wish when the two luminaries stood toe-to-toe in the middle of the ring and contested a 27:27 classic which Angle won via submission when ‘The Heartbreak Kid’ tapped to the Angle Lock in a heated and dramatic finale.
Now, the master of the Angle Slam has taken to his new Kurt Angle Show on AdFreeShows to talk about the match and his biggest ever payday in his five and a bit years with the company:
“It was one of my highest paydays. My match with Shawn Michaels was my biggest payday, at WrestleMania 21. I think because it was a featured match and it was Shawn and myself. No title on the line, so we weren’t main eventing, but it was a dream match and I think that that’s the reason why Vince paid me more for that match than any of the other matches. You know I main evented WrestleMania 19, sort of WrestleMania 20 because I was in a World Title match and WrestleMania 22 which I was in a World Title match, but they weren’t on last, very last. But I made the same money on all three of those main events. But Shawn’s match I made a little bit more.”
While Kurt Angle would remain with the company for another year, the writing was on the wall thanks to his catalogue of injuries and constant absences. While there has been many reasons cited by countless people for his eventual release, Angle himself has stated that he requested the exit due to being unable to take time off.
The star would go on to make a name for himself in TNA in 2006 and eventually return to the WWE in January 2017, almost a decade after he first departed.
Credit for the interview: The Kurt Angle Show
h/t for the transcription: Fightful