Kurt Angle reveals Chris Benoit was supposed to replace him against Brock Lesnar at WWE WrestleMania XIX

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Conrad Thompson has launched a brand new podcast with Kurt Angle on AdFreeShows.com. On the debut episode of “The Kurt Angle Present,” Angle and Thompson cowl WrestleMania XIX. Angle dropped the WWE Championship to Brock Lesnar on that present.

On this present, Angle reveals that he was not presupposed to be on the present due to his neck points. He additionally reveals that he was presupposed to drop the title on the SmackDown earlier than WrestleMania and Chris Benoit was presupposed to be his substitute within the match towards Lesnar. Angle additionally talked about his points with ache drugs, Lesnar’s botched taking pictures star press, and extra.

Angle’s neck was injured going into WrestleMania season. He was advised he wanted neck surgical procedure that might hold him out of the match. Kurt advised Vince of this information and backup plans have been made to have Chris Benoit change him, however Kurt nonetheless insisted on going to WrestleMania. Right here is how this unfolded:

“At first, after I got here again from South Africa and I obtained the prognosis from the physician, I advised Vince I’m going to need to have surgical procedure and I’m going to need to skip WrestleMania. He stated, ‘I’ll name you again. I’ve an thought. Let me discuss to the writers.’ He determined that we have been going to have a match earlier than WrestleMania on SmackDown and I used to be going to drop the title to Brock and I imagine Brock was going to go to WrestleMania and face a brand new opponent for the principle occasion. I believe they have been going to substitute Chris Benoit, I imagine. He was mainly going to take my place. It bothered me.

The subsequent day I went to my neighbor’s home and there’s a extremely good child named Johnny. He has Down’s Syndrome. Nice child, very nice and pleasant and a giant wrestling fan. He stated, ‘Kurt, I’m so unhappy you’re not going to be wrestling towards Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania.’ I stated, ‘Yea, it’s fairly upsetting Johnny.’ He stated, ‘I want you’d.’ It caught with me so I believed I’m going to name Vince and select to have surgical procedure after WrestleMania and see if he goes for it. I referred to as Vince and I stated, ‘Why don’t now we have the match at WrestleMania and I’ll have the surgical procedure, however I’ll wait and put it off. I do know my arm is atrophying however one other couple weeks isn’t going to harm, so let’s have the match.’

He stated, ‘You could get it permitted by your physician. I’m sorry, Kurt, however now we have a match that’s marketed on TV this previous week on SmackDown earlier than WrestleMania the place you’re wrestling Brock and Brock is thrashing you for the title.’ I stated, ‘We’re going to have to alter that Vince.’ He stated, ‘You’re going to need to have the match.’ I stated, ‘What can we achieve this I can retain the title and transfer on to WrestleMania with out it affecting the SmackDown match?’ He stated, ‘Let me name you again.’ He all the time says that when he’s attempting to give you concepts. I waited a pair hours and he referred to as me again. He stated, ‘Now we have an thought. We’re going to make use of your brother Eric. He seems to be identical to you. We’re going to decorate him up identical to you. Put the Workforce Angle hood on him and we’re going to drag a switcheroo on Brock on SmackDown the week earlier than WrestleMania.

Once I obtained to the ring that night time on SmackDown, I obtained within the ring, went to the nook, and began praying within the nook with my head on the turnbuckle.  Brock Lesnar’s music hit and the lights went out. Little did anybody know my brother Eric was put beneath the ring with the identical outfit as me earlier than the present. When Brock got here out and the lights went out, I rolled out of the ring and my brother rolled in and changed me and went in the identical place as me. So, Brock thought that was me when he got here down the ramp and into the ring. He attacked my brother, beat him up, F5’d him, went to cowl him and noticed it wasn’t me. He obtained up and took a re-evaluation, and I snuck within the ring and rolled him up for a fast 1,2,three. So I retained the title to go on to WrestleMania for the principle occasion. It was a cool angle. It wasn’t the match that followers have been hoping for. It was in my hometown of Pittsburgh. It obtained me to WrestleMania which was an important factor. I imagine the thought was both Vince’s or Brian Gewirtz. They have been two of those who got here up with the good concepts for the Kurt Angle character.”

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