411’s WWE Rivals Episode 4 Report: Brock Lesnar vs. Kurt Angle

-Welcome again to the most recent episode of WWE Rivals and this time it is Brock/Kurt. Two males that had been destined to face one another the minute Brock debuted on RAW. Let’s get to it!

-Beforehand: Bret/Shawn, Taker/Kane, Rock/Austin

-As a reminder Freddie Prinze Jr hosts a roundtable throughout this present and we in the reduction of to them between the speaking heads and movies every now and then. This week on the desk with Freddie: Cody Rhodes, JBL, Kevin Nash, and Beth Phoenix.

-We begin on the roundtable and return to 2002 the place the celebrities aligned and arrange Brock/Angle. JBL says all of them needed to see the 2 of them go at it. He calls Brock the largest freak he has ever seen in sports activities. Beth says she patterned herself after Brock. JBL says Kurt was the very best on this planet and Cody says he was there when Kurt received the Gold Medal because it was in Atlanta. He additionally places over each Brock and Angle for a way shortly they picked up pro-wrestling.

-We begin with Kurt and he was advised sink or swim by Vince and fortunately he was capable of swim instantly. He talks about how aggressive it was when he arrived with Austin, Rock, HHH and Taker. Heyman calls Angle a prodigy and there was nothing he couldn’t do contained in the ring.

-Survivor Sequence 1999: Kurt makes his on display debut and is immediately superior. Kurt needed to be the very best at all the pieces he had and we see his meteoric rise as he wins the IC and Euro Title in a matter of months. Kurt says his rookie yr was his favourite yr due to how shortly he was studying.

-Lower than a yr into his profession he pins The Rock to win the WWF Title for the primary time. He wins his second title from Austin at Unforgiven 2001 (I used to be at that present. I must overview that one).

-In the meantime Brock Lesnar was profitable the NCAA Championship and we get footage of him profitable the Title at Minnesota. He was instantly recruited by WWE and signed to the largest developmental contract ever on the time. Heyman: “Should you had been to hope to the heavens to provide the good athlete and excellent WWE Celebrity, you’d get Brock Lesnar.” Edge says Brock would work in any period and rattling, proper. Hogan and Brock would have made a lot cash touring the nation within the 80s.

-Kurt tells us that he first met Brock when Brooklyn Brawler requested Brock who would win and Brock mentioned he would kill Kurt as a result of he’s too small. Effectively, Angle determined to check that out and confronted Brock. Edge was questioning who was going to have the ability to break issues up if it went sideways. They went to the ring and everyone seems to be at ringside to observe it go down. Kurt tells us he received, but it surely was a troublesome battle and says Brock is the true deal. They obtained alongside higher after that battle. Brock has large respect for Angle as Kurt was profitable the Gold Medal when Brock was in highschool. He needed to see if he may hold with Angle.

-Brock makes his WWE debut and destroys everybody as he’s a killer from the primary second he steps on display. Brock admits he had a rocket strapped to his ass and no kidding as he went by way of Hogan after which Rock solely 4 months in his profession to get the WWE Title. Heyman mentions Brock steamrolled everybody they usually solely place left to go was Kurt Angle.

-Edge feels Kurt has lastly discovered the man that might hold with him and bodily be a match. It took Kurt’s depth to a different degree and it helped Brock acquire extra legitimacy as he discovered what it was wish to be a high man.

-No Manner Out 2003: They had been concerned in a 6 Man Tag and through a spot the place Kurt had Brock in a choke, he ran Angle into the nook and it cracked two vertebrae in Kurt’s neck. Now that you just see what occurred, it does look nasty. The WrestleMania XIX Fundamental Occasion is now in jeopardy.

-Commercials!

-We decide up the place we left off and Kurt says he had complications from the damage. He had ache from his neck right down to his arms. It was a freak accident and Brock felt horrible, however Kurt advised him it was okay. Heyman felt the Fundamental Occasion at Mania needed to be modified. Kurt was advised by a health care provider his neck was damaged and he cannot wrestle. He advised Vince and the plan was for Kurt to drop the WWE Title to Brock on SmackDown (I used to be on the present as nicely). Kurt: “Gosh, that sucks.”

-Again to the roundtable as Cody notes that if Kurt had no legs he wasn’t lacking WrestleMania. Kurt requested the physician if it could harm if he wrestled yet one more match and the physician advised him no and he may wait till after Mania for the match.

-Brock says he was apprehensive to even contact Kurt as he knew his neck may snap at any second. Kurt’s mindset was that he simply needed to get it over. I ought to observe Kurt offered materials for this present whereas all of Brock’s is from previous interviews which is what you’d anticipate. Kurt needed to understand how quick he may get again to regain his high spot.

-WrestleMania XIX: Essentially the most stacked WrestleMania card off all time! Kurt talks in regards to the adrenaline pumping. Brock is aware of now he was scared shitless, however he did not need anybody to understand it. Kurt tells us his hamstring popped when they’re locked up, so he restricted his working. He factors out the ache he was in with each bump and that was one thing you could not work round. “That is WrestleMania and it is the Fundamental Occasion.” Bret Hart exhibits up and he cherished the match. It is what he misses and loves about wrestling. No shock that match would pop Bret.

-Subsequent we get to the notorious ending: Brock tries a Shoot Star Press and practically kills himself and in some way avoids breaking his neck. On the roundtable we hear Nash: “after I noticed Brock hit that I assumed I simply noticed any individual die.” They replay it time and again right here and it is nasty each single time. Brock advised the ref he was okay, however thinks any regular private could have stopped in two. Angle laughs as he advised Brock to get his ass up as he wasn’t doing this anymore. Brock does not bear in mind a lot apart from hitting an F5 on intuition and getting the win.

-After the match everyone seems to be checking on Brock and he’s pissed! We see the footage of him dropping it on everybody and looking out again he can solely think about how exhausting he was to take care of after the match. Brisco was the Brock whisper and talked him into getting within the ambulance to move to the hospital. All checked out and he walked out of the hospital that evening. Nonetheless superb!

-Angle tells us that Vince flew he dwelling on is jet that evening and the following day Kurt had neck surgical procedure. Kurt tells the digicam earlier than the surgical procedure he simply desires to get up tomorrow ache free. He will get wheeled into the OR and we take a break.

-Commercials!

-We get gnarly footage of Kurt within the OR having surgical procedure. He tells us the primary two weeks he was stress-free and did not watch wrestling, however then he obtained stressed and admits to going again before he in all probability ought to have.

-Kurt returns in June, roughly 3 months after surgical procedure, and he desires to be Champion. Heyman notes that Kurt may have taken a yr off, however he needed to be again in entrance of the followers. He returns and types an on-screen friendship with Brock. Kurt admits that they had been finest pals off display and traveled collectively. We get the story of them attempting to 1 up one another and it lets Brock present his comedic dimension. Edge: “You would not assume he may work as a babyface, however he makes it work.”

-Vengeance 2003: Angle vs. Brock vs. Massive Present: Angle will get the win and regains The WWE Championship. They could not preserve the face vs face factor going so a choice was made.

-SmackDown: Brock is in a cage match with Vince McMahon with Kurt because the particular ref and he beats the crap out of Kurt to make the flip official. This units up Brock/Angle II at SummerSlam!

-Commercials!

-We see coaching footage of Brock carrying logs on his again up a set of steps to coach for SummerSlam. My man is a legit Viking! Prichard notes there’s a variety of testosterone and there was pure competitiveness between the 2.

-SummerSlam 2003: Angle remembers they added in a variety of faculty wrestling to the match. Shelton Benjamin says the match confirmed him the distinction between an NCAA Champion and Olympic Champion. Heyman thinks Kurt needed Brock to see how good he was and Brock was curious to how good he actually was and no person pushed him like Kurt Angle. Kurt admits that he and Brock are the 2 stiffest guys within the enterprise and laughs as Brock would yell, “What did I do to you?”

-They had been at 1-1 so we want Brock/Angle III and it finally ends up on SmackDown in an Iron Man Match. Kurt felt it was the possibility to point out how good of a wrestler he was. Nash says there is no such thing as a means he was lacking that match and says it’s a true prizefight.

-Earlier than the present, Kurt will get a name from his brother and is advised that his sister had handed away as a consequence of a drug overdose. Vince met with Kurt and requested him what he needed to do. Kurt is a wreck telling this story and it is crushing to observe. Heyman did not assume there was any means they had been attending to the match.

-Commercials!

-Kurt advised Vince he needed to wrestle and he needed to do it for his sister. He made the choice to wrestle that evening. That was his means of exhibiting his love for his sister. The match was for his sister! Brisco mentions that Brock was a mild large that day as a result of he knew what Kurt was going by way of.

-JBL says that’s what you do. Prinze credit all wrestlers for the thought of ​​the present should go on and the way it’s simply one thing they do. He feels they do not get sufficient credit score for that mentality. Takers says that it may be cathartic to get on the market and do one thing you like.

-Iron Man Match: Heyman says that it could insult Angle if Brock took it simple on him or felt sorry for him. Angle calls it an intense match and his favourite match that he had with Brock. He’s pleased with what they did in that hour. Prichard places over what it takes to do what they did for one hour. Freddy does not perceive how they had been capable of pull it off and talks in regards to the story of match being Kurt getting means behind and doing all the pieces he can to catch up. It was an amazing story as Brock up was 5-2 after which the comeback began. Bret credit Angle for wanting like an actual champion in there. Angle says he has at all times been the very best as he was NCAA and Olympic Champion and he feels for a interval he was the very best pro-wrestler on this planet. Angle hooks Brock on the anklelock down 5-4 with the ultimate seconds working off and we head to a different break.

-Commercials! Subsequent week it is WWE vs WCW. AWESOME!

-Again with Brock hooking the anklelock with 25 seconds left, however Brock holds on and regains the WWE Championship. Kurt says Vince gave him a hug, advised him he was pleased with him, and mentioned he would get him dwelling for his sister. Brock thanked Kurt for what he did for him that evening when he did not should.

-Brock is glad he was put by way of the conditions he was put by way of with Kurt. JBL calls them the best fight athletes this enterprise has ever seen. They had been within the prime of their life to do it. Cody feels the Iron Man Match encapsulated their story and helped create the monster that’s Brock Lesnar.

-We leap forward to Brock giving, GM Kurt Angle the F5 on RAW. Kurt talks about all Brock did in UFC and once more in his second run within the WWE. Heyman says no person else was able to hanging with both man they usually wanted one another to get to the heights they did. Kurt places over the bond they’ve as novice athletes. He feels novice wrestlers are the toughest working athletes on this planet. Edge credit the Brock feud as what turned Kurt into The Wrestling Machine and now at 45 Brock remains to be essentially the most harmful man within the sport.

-Prichard asks which is one higher and it is a query that can be requested for ever as he does not assume we ever obtained a solution. Kurt jokes that he needs he would have received the third match and that’s his closing thought.

-This was nice and I cherished each second of it. Kurt carried most of this clearly since you do not get Brock to take a seat down for stuff like this. With that mentioned it was cool to listen to what makes these alpha athletes tick and the way they checked out one another. As Heyman famous there aren’t many individuals that may actually push both man, so that they wanted one another and that is what makes for the very best rivalries. Thanks for studying!

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