On the latest edition of his Kurt Angle Show podcast the Olympic Hero revisits the SummerSlam 2000 pay per view where he wrestled The Rock and Triple H, and how he was legitimately knocked out during a table spot. Highlights are below.
Says he was actually knocked out:
To go back and explain, that was supposed to happen – I was supposed to pretend to get knocked out. I was to be backstage and then come back for Stephanie [McMahon] and help Triple H try to beat the Rock. She wanted me to help, that was the idea. The thing is, it happened for real. I got knocked out, I mean really knocked out. When Triple H went to hit the Pedigree, he goes down, up and down with the timing, so you can time it when you hit, land on the ground. So when he went down, the table broke early and he had my hands, arms trapped behind my back, that’s how he locks it.
How Triple H improvised while he was unconscious:
So I landed four feet below, straight with my head on the concrete. And I was out – Triple H was trying to get my attention, I was just out of it. So Triple H improvised, tried to work on me and beat me up a little bit, while I don’t think Rock was out yet.
How he had to keep asking Stephanie what his next line was for a promo:
The Rock came out and they wheeled me back. I was supposed to be wheeled back, and we were supposed to do a pre-tape backstage. Stephanie says ‘Kurt can you go back out there, you gotta help me!’, and I had to say ‘only for you Steph, I’ll do it for you’. Problem is I got knocked out, and when I had to do the pre-tape, Stephanie would tell me what I had to say and I would say ‘okay’, and 30 seconds later I’d say ‘what am I saying again? I don’t know what I’m saying. I couldn’t compute what I was going to say, I couldn’t remember. So it was a complete nightmare. I don’t remember any of it. But the match came across really good, the outcome was Vince thought I hit a homerun that day.
(H/T and transcribed by Inside the Ropes)