Kurt Angle: Vince McMahon Feared Hulk Hogan Wouldn't Tap Out At WWE King Of The Ring
Hogan was notorious for changing finishes to matches
Hulk Hogan is one of the biggest stars professional wrestling has ever seen, but the Hulkster had a reputation for changing finishes, and politicking his way through the business, in order to stay on top and look strong.
Hogan’s reputation was well known, and when he returned to the WWE in 2002 with the nWo, there were a few worried that he’d be back to his old way - including Vince McMahon.
Ahead of a King of the Ring 2002 match between Hogan and Kurt Angle, McMahon was worried that hogan would try and change the finish to the match, as Angle revealed on The Kurt Angle Show podcast:
“I There was one time when Vince was really concerned because I had to make Hogan tap out at the King of the Ring. He wanted to make sure, and he told me Hulk Hogan would talk him out of it, so he wanted me to be in the room with Hulk Hogan when he told Hulk that he was going to tap out to me.
“I was really nervous. It’s Hulk Hogan, the biggest name in the history of the business, and here I’m going to make him tap out for the first time in his career, and Vince wants me there to make sure that he abides by it. It just blew my mind. I was nervous and scared. I was inexperienced. I didn’t know what to think or expect, and here Vince wanted me to be there just to make sure Hulk Hogan didn’t talk him out of it. I guess there were times when Hogan was political in the past, but he wasn’t at this point in time.”