As noted, Brock Lesnar recently revealed on Steve Austin's podcast that he was talked into doing the Shooting Star Press during his match with Kurt Angle at WrestleMania 19. Lesnar wouldn't tell Austin who suggested the move to him, and noted that he wasn't comfortable doing it.
While Lesnar stated in his book that John Laurinaitis was responsible for the move, when I spoke with Angle yesterday, he said that the spot was his idea.
"That was my idea, I will take responsibility for Brock doing that," Angle admitted. "At the time I had to leave [WWE], it really wasn't in the plans for me to drop the title at WrestleMania. I had suffered a broken neck and was going to have surgery, so I wanted to do something that people would remember. I asked Brock to do the Shooting Star Press, which he had done many times in OVW. I just thought it would be a great way to end the show.
"Unfortunately Brock came up short. I think I was a little too far away, and Brock kinda double guessed before he went. If you ever watched the tape, you'll see he goes, then he kinda stops, then he says screw it. So that hesitation caused him to land on his head. But that was my call, I know that Brock didn't necessarily want to do it, but we did practice it earlier in the week and he was doing it perfectly well, he just got in a situation in the match where he kinda slipped a little bit and that was it.
"But I can tell you this, fans still remember it!"
Check back next week for more from my interview with Angle. Also, just a reminder that Angle will be conducting a series of Q&A events in the U.K. this November as part of Triple M Promotions' "The golden truth tour 2015: An audience with Kurt Angle". His schedule is below:
18th – London – West Ham UTD
19th – Cardiff – Cardiff city FC
20th – Leicester - LCFC
21st – Rotherham – Rotherham UTD
22nd – Edinburgh – Tynecastle
The evening will consist of a photo opportunity with Angle as well as a chance to get personal signed memorabilia. Rob Maltman will conduct a 60 minute interview with Angle, which will be followed by a special Q and A with the audience. Tickets are priced from as low as £30.00 per person and are available now at triplempromotions.co.uk. For more information, call Matthew Ward 07851428018 or email [email protected].