Arn Anderson Recalls Kurt Angle Beating John Cena 'Half To Death' In WWE
"He got a little stiff and snug with him because it was something that did not work in the match."
Arn Anderson has told the story of how Kurt Angle taught John Cena a lesson in professionalism during a match early in his career, by beating the future 'Cenation' leader 'half to death'.
Angle and Cena's careers have been entwined in WWE, with Angle serving as Cena's first-ever opponent in the ring on television.
Anderson worked as the main agent for Cena's matches during their time together in WWE and recalled an incident early on in his career where Cena acted unprofessionally towards his opponent, which received a less-than-impressed response from Angle.
The Olympic Gold Medallist's response? To show Cena the error of his ways physically.
Speaking on The ARN Podcast, he said: "He was wrestling Kurt Angle, as we know Kurt Angle is the real deal, he’s an assassin. All of a sudden I see John, out of nowhere during a random time in the match he roles out of the ring, goes over the rail about 15 rows deep, grabs one of those big foam hands and folds it into a bird and points it at Kurt Angle.
"The audience popped, but as he gave it back and came over that rail to re-join the match, guess who was waiting on him and not too happy about what just happened? That would be Kurt Angle and he proceeded to beat John half to death.
"He got a little stiff and snug with him because it was something that did not work in the match. It was unprofessional, it was just a foolish thing to do during that point in the match. It’s just one of those things that goes through the learning process. If you learn from those mistakes you can accelerate and move forward."
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