Kurt Angle: Severe Concussion Stopped Me From Remembering WWE SummerSlam 2000 Match
A Pedigree gone wrong
Kurt Angle can only remember the opening minutes of the SummerSlam 2000 main event, he revealed on his podcast.
Angle was involved in the WWF Championship match on the show against The Rock and Triple H. Angle's primary feud was a love triangle involving himself, The Game and Stephanie McMahon, though, and the storyline called for The Wrestling Machine to be Pedigreed through the announce table during the opening minutes.
The table gave way before Triple H could hit the move, however, which meant Angle hit the floor face-first and suffered a severe concussion. The WWE Hall Of Famer managed to continue and finish the match, but Angle noted on The Kurt Angle Show that he can remember very little about the match.
"Well, Pat Patterson was a big part of it. Rock and Triple H and I all threw in our two cents worth. The story of the match was Triple H had to take me out at the beginning because he was so angry at me for kissing Stephanie, and so we had to do the table spot. I wasn't supposed to get knocked out for real, it was supposed to be a work. But unfortunately, the table gave way early and Triple H had my arms behind my back for the Pedigree finish. He didn't have time to let my arms go so I could protect myself. So the table gave way, and I got knocked out," Angle said.
"This was a nightmare. The match was structured where I was supposed to get knocked out in pretend, then I was gonna come back and join in with Stephanie and get involved with the match because Rock was kicking Triple H's ass. That was the story. I was gonna get knocked out early, come back 10 minutes later and wrestle in the match, and the finish was the finish which was Rock going over. The match told a great story, but I don't remember any of it. It was put together very well, but I have no recollection of it."
Angle has since rewatched the match but he admitted it didn't improve his recollection of the main event.
"I did watch it back and you could tell I was completely out of it. You could tell they were calling spots to me if you look very closely. I don't have any recollection of the match. I remember up until the table spot and then my memory came back when I was in the hospital with an oxygen mask on," he added.
"I have no recollection of what happened for like three hours that night. Watching it back, I wish it would've refreshed my memory, but seeing it, it was like doing it for the first time. It was like, 'Oh my God, I didn't know I did that.' That was the first time I had that severe of a concussion. I did have a slight concussion four or five months prior, but this one was a heavy concussion."
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