One of the most infamous moments of soon-to-be WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle’s career was his match against Shane McMahon at the 2001 King of the Ring pay-per-view.
During the match, Angle attempted to suplex McMahon through the glass on the stage, but the glass didn’t break. It took Angle a few attempts before finally getting McMahon through it, and that’s because the man in charge of setting up the spot made a pretty big mistake.
In an interview on WEDG-Buffalo radio on Tuesday, Angle spoke about what happened that night and how McMahon felt about it not breaking right away.
“The issue was the glass was supposed to be candy glass, (but) it was plexiglass,” he said. “The person that was doing the stunts for us that night, he ordered the wrong glass. So, when I threw Shane through, he bounced off it and hit his head on the floor.”
Angle said that he tried to get McMahon to move on from the spot, but he wasn’t having any of it.
“He told me -- he swore at me – and said, “You S.O.B., throw me through this F’ing thing.” So I grabbed again, tried again and he landed on his head again,” Angle told the station. “I said we had to move on, and he said “no, do it again”, so I finally did it a third time and he went through.”
Angle added that he and McMahon received nearly 60 stitches, but were pretty happy with the match while they were at the hospital that night. He also said that he struggled with the force of the suplexes because he broke his tailbone earlier in the match.
Also discussed during the interview was Angle’s addiction treatment program, and why helping others overcome their disease means so much to him.