WWE Hall of Famer and former Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle is throwing his hat into the podcast game. Angle recently launched “The Kurt Angle Show” with Conrad Thompson on Adfreeshows.com, and the topic of episode one was Wrestlemania XIX.
In the main event of Wrestlemania XIX, Angle squared off against future WWE Hall of Famer, Brock Lesnar.
Angle and Lesnar have mutual respect for one another, given both men’s amateur wrestling background. Still, the pair haven’t always seen eye-to-eye and even got into a physical altercation backstage in 2003.
“Someone asked him how I would do against him, and he said, ‘He’s too small, I’d kill him,'” Angle told Chris Jericho on an episode of his podcast. “So I walked up to him and said, ‘Did you say I’m too small for you that you would kill me?’
The backstage rivalry eventually led to the Wrestlemania XIX match at T-Mobile Park in Seattle in 2003. Lesnar ended up going over Angle in the match. A year later, Lesnar would retire from the WWE to pursue a career in the NFL.
While discussing the match, Angle explained why Brock really decided to hang it up so early in his career.
“He didn’t want to be on the road all the time. I mean, that’s the reason why he stopped wrestling.
That’s why he tried out for pro football.
The NFL, because he wanted to be in a city where he could train and compete and not leave except for eight weeks a year where he’d have to travel to another town to have a football game every Sunday.
So, it was less travel and more at home. That’s what Brock likes. He likes to be at home.”
Angle shared that Lesnar hates traveling so much that the former WWE Champion hired a personal pilot during his initial WWE run just so he could control his own schedule.
“Well, he hated travel so much he bought a private plane so that he wouldn’t have to go to airports.
So, you know, he hired a pilot, and his pilot lived in his basement.
He set himself up really good, and you know, he didn’t like to travel”
Angle went on to praise Lesnar’s in-ring work and understanding of the business.
“I knew that Brock got it. He got the entertainment aspect and the work that he did. He is one of the best technical workers in the business, especially when he wants to sell for you.”
[via “The Kurt Angle Show”]