Kurt Angle and Conrad Thompson lined WWE No Approach Out on the most recent “The Kurt Angle Present” on AdFreeShows.com. No Approach Out 2001 was headlined by Angle defending the WWE Championship towards The Rock on the street to WrestleMania X-7.
Listed here are some highlights from the podcast:
Angle agreed that 2001 that was the largest and hottest crowds in historical past:
“It was an enormous time within the enterprise. It was the Angle Period. PPV buys had been up. TV scores had been up. Home attendance and ticket gross sales had been up. Each Celebrity on the roster was over. We had been stacked. Our roster was utterly stacked. The Angle Period was positively the very best period of wrestling.”
Angle talked about his WWE e-book:
“My e-book didn’t do this properly as a result of my media week obtained canceled. It was the week of 9/11. When that tragedy occurred, they shut all the pieces down in New York Metropolis. No journey. I by no means had a media week. I used to be speculated to go the entire week lengthy to 40 totally different networks to advertise my e-book and we didn’t do it in any respect. It was canceled. The e-book did decide up on gross sales. It did fairly properly ultimately, however not at first.”
Angle mentioned he was serious about writing one other e-book:
“Sure, I do. I don’t need to write it till my documentary comes out. I’ve been engaged on a documentary for the previous two years. I need to get that out earlier than I write the subsequent e-book.”
Angle mentioned it was his concept to make use of the ankle lock:
“Being a shooter and having the historical past I did, I needed to give you a submission maintain I may begin utilizing. I knew that Ken Shamrock used the ankle lock. He was gone doing MMA and I figured I’d as properly take that. Ken Shamrock wasn’t upset about it. He truly was very cool about it. Taking his end and utilizing it helped me dearly. It made me a extra credible wrestler and extra harmful. I may give it to anyone, any dimension. It wouldn’t matter. It had nothing to do with the Olympic Slam getting modified to the Angle Slam. That was the Olympic Committee threatening to sue us if we used the phrase, Olympic as a result of they owned that phrase. So, I needed to change the Olympic Slam to the Angle Slam. It’s humorous as a result of when Michael Cole came upon the Olympic Committee was upset, the subsequent week on RAW, he mentioned Olympic Slam not less than 15 instances as a result of he needed to piss them off. He simply stored saying it. It was hilarious. Now we have a humorousness within the wrestling world. The followers would name it the Angle lock. I known as it the ankle lock as a result of I didn’t need to take away from Ken Shamrock. The phrase he used was ankle and I needed to proceed with that out of respect to Ken.”
Angle mentioned there was a mishap on the end of Angle vs Rock at No Approach Out 2001 on the a part of Earl Hebner, the referee:
“I distinctly do not forget that Earl in all probability thought that was the primary Rock Backside. I imagine we hit a Rock Backside earlier within the match and Earl forgot. So, the end was speculated to be the second Rock Backside and Earl thought the second was the primary. So, that’s why he hesitated on the rely. Dwayne, The Rock, was pissed. He picked me up, Rock Bottomed me, and seemed Earl within the eye and mentioned, ‘Depend the mom f**king end.’ He was pissed. Earl’s was going to get it after we obtained again to gorilla. However, Dwayne was mad on the time, however when he obtained backstage, he cooled off and he didn’t actually yell at Earl or something. All of us make errors. Issues like this occur. You simply have to maneuver ahead and proceed on with the match. That’s what Rock did. He took the initiative to Rock Backside me once more and get the win. That’s an skilled wrestler.”
Angle mentioned Pat Patterson informed him to get extra aggressive round this time interval:
“Pat deserves all of the credit score. He was the one who truly informed me, ‘We want you to start out getting extra aggressive and we’d like you to start out doing extra offense. We’re going to start out at this PPV and we’re going to proceed on with you. That is your large push. Though you received’t be predominant eventing at WrestleMania, you’re going to be utilized large time by the corporate, so you must proceed to broaden your character and your wrestling fashion.’ I believed this was a fantastic alternative. It was sink or swim. I made a decision to swim and never sink. I took Pat’s recommendation and I began doing it. It truly made me a greater chief within the ring as a result of while you’re doing the offense, you must name the match and you must inform them what’s coming subsequent. So, it truly made me a greater chief.”
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