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WWE History: The day Kurt Angle and Vince McMahon wrestled on an airplane

Vince McMahon and Kurt Angle
Vince McMahon and Kurt Angle
Pratyay Ghosh
Modified 31 Jul 2019, 11:02 IST

Kurt Angle took to professional wrestling like a fish to the water after joining the WWE, climbing up the card rapidly since his debut in 1999. Angle won his first WWE World Championship within a year of his debut at No Mercy 2000.

The story we're looking at today is the infamous wrestling match between Angle and Vince McMahon on a flight back from England in 2002. But first, a little background. At a RAW taping earlier in the year, Vince had snuck up to Angle from behind and tackled him to the ground. Angle himself wrote about the incident in his autobiography:

"From there we started talking about the time when Vince took me down in the ring one night on RAW IS WAR. It was set up where he snuck behind me, lifted me up in the air, and took me down, then jumped out of the ring, yelling ‘two’ for the takedown."

On the flight back from England, McMahon came up to Kurt Angle and teased him about how he was the only man in WWE who'd successfully wrestled Angle to the ground. Angle described what was going on in his head as Vince McMahon got up and started to walk away:

"At that moment something made me decide to have a little fun with the boss. When Vince got up to walk away, I attacked him from behind, knocked him down, turned him over, and pinned him right in the aisle. There were about eighty World Wrestling Federation people on the plane, and everyone was howling."

One person who didn't fully get what was happening was The Undertaker. He thought Angle was legitimately attacking the boss and stepped in and actually choked out Kurt Angle:

"Vince and I had been on the floor for about thirty seconds as Vince struggled to get me off of him when the Undertaker came over and put a choke hold on me. He clamped me so tight that he actually choked me out and I blacked out for a minute. When I came to, Vince was standing up and he had this big smile on his face. I think he just loved the idea that he was wrestling with an Olympic champion, and he decided it wasn’t going to end there."

All quotes are taken from Kurt Angle's autobiography It's True! It's True!

Published 31 Jul 2019, 11:02 IST
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