Kurt Angle has reflected on the infamous Brock Lesnar shooting star press botch during their match at WrestleMania XIX.
Speaking with the Wrestling Perspective podcast, Kurt Angle opened up about his reaction at the time and looking back on the incident today.
“The first thing I thought when he landed on his head, I said, ‘S**t! I’m gonna have to hold the title for another month’. The reason why I lost to him, I was supposed to have a good title run for a while and I broke my neck again and I had to have surgery.
“Vince McMahon, he wanted me to drop the title to Brock the week before on SmackDown and just get crushed. Just an F5, 1-2-3 pin. Brock would just pin me real quick and I called Vince and I said, ‘Listen let me wrestle’. And he said, ‘Well, we gotta have a doctor clear you’.
“With Brock, I thought, ‘God, he’s not gonna be able to get up’. I covered him for a pin and I’m like, ‘Please kick out, you have to kick out, Brock. Please don’t get pinned’. I didn’t want to keep the title. He kicked out and I said, ‘Can you get up?’.
“He said, ‘I don’t know.’ I said, ‘Well try to get up’. I actually pulled him up, I got him up and I said, ‘Can you F5 me right now?’. He said yes and he got me up, F5’ed me and that was it.”
Quote via Inside The Ropes