Kurt Angle on Vince McMahon: “Vince McMahon pulled me aside and said, ‘Listen.."
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After Vince McMahon left the head of WWE, there are more and more stories about him and his work style. A few months ago, Kurt Angle talked about his beginnings and winning the 2000 King of the Ring. McMahon saw potential in him.
“I was told right after the previous pay-per-view. Vince McMahon was putting the rocket behind me. I was a rookie, and I won the European Championship, the Intercontinental Championship, and next in line was King of the Ring.
As long as I kept producing and kept impressing everybody, he was going to continue to push me. This was my next accomplishment was to win King of the Ring,"- he said as quote by ewrestlingnews.
Triple H and Vince McMahon
Triple H and Vince McMahon were the people Angle would go to when he had ideas “What I did to make everybody feel comfortable in whatever Stephanie and I came up with – the ideas we had – I would present them to Vince and Triple H, just out of respect to make sure I wasn’t over-crossing my boundaries.
So, I did that every show. If Stephanie and I had to do something a little bit crazy, I ran it by Vince and Triple H to make sure it was okay with them”. At one point, Angle had as many as three matches a day. He felt a lot of pressure.
“At this point in my career, I was only in the business a little over a year from when I first stepped foot in the ring. That’s it, 13 months. And here I am doing three matches in one night. It was a lot of content to remember and a lot of wrestling.
I was really nervous about that because I had never had to wrestle three matches in one night before, especially this early in my career. I knew I had my work cut out for me”. Vince McMahon obviously respected Kurt Angle because he allowed him to do certain things that others were not allowed to do.
“Vince McMahon pulled me aside and said, ‘Listen, I know 90% of your repertoire are suplexes and I want you to keep them because I know you’re safe with them, you never land anybody their head, and I trust you that you’ll continue to do a good job,'” Angle said.
“He allowed me to continue to do my belly-to-belly suplex and my German suplexes. The thing is, I was really grateful for that… because that’s what I did. That’s my offense, and thank god Vince McMahon continued to let me use it”.