Stone Cold Steve Austin has discussed working with the Olympic gold medallist Kurt Angle and relived their match from SummerSlam 2001.
In the summer of 2001, Austin was a hated villain as the leader of the invading Alliance faction WCW and ECW stars. Kurt Angle had become an unlikely hero to the WWF audience as he tried to prise the WWF Championship back to the company from Austin. The two men met at SummerSlam in a match that ended in disqualification. This gave Angle the win but crucially meant Austin kept the title.
Speaking to Chris Jericho on his Talk Is Jericho podcast, Steve Austin detailed what it was like working with Angle in the ring. Austin noted that Angle was one of the most intense competitors he ever faced.
“What I liked about Kurt was, like Benoit he had that really super intense style, just amazing. Then if you didn’t match up with his intensity then you know it wasn’t gonna be so great because that’s how intense he was. Kurt Angle along those same lines but he could dial it down a little bit more and he would slow down.”
As far as the SummerSlam match goes, Austin says it’s one of his best from his time as a heel:
“So to go that match with Kurt. I thought it was really one of my better or best matches as a heel when I was super aggressive. Very vicious, attacking a body part, being relentless, and just beating the sh*t out of Kurt. Of course, Kurt’s a stud man, that guy can do it all. I’ve never seen anybody gravitate to the business as fast as he did. It was just a great match that I was really proud of.”
Kurt Angle defeated Steve Austin at September’s Unforgiven pay-per-view to win the WWF Championship. That match took place in Angle’s hometown of Pittsburgh and sparked huge celebrations in the arena.
Stone Cold Steve Austin also discussed his rivalry with another legendary WWE Superstar, The Rock. Austin talked at length about their trilogy of matches at WrestleMania.