Kurt Angle Says Vince McMahon Was Worried Hulk Hogan Wouldn’t Tap Out During Their Match

Kurt Angle talked during his latest podcast, Kurt Angle Show, at AdFreeShows.com about a wide range of topics. Here are the highlights:

During it, the WWE Hall of Famer was asked if he had any issues with the NWO (Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash, & Scott Hall) coming into WWE in 2002.

“Well, they are three of the top stars, and possibly you can be pushed underneath them. You heard stories that they were really political and they were always trying to fight for themselves and fend for themselves, always wanted to get tight with the boss and weasel their way to the top. I didn’t see that when they came there. I think Vince kept them under wraps or their attitudes changed, but there was no problem with them at all.”

He continued, “The first night they were there, Vince messed with them big time. They had to do pretapes until 3 o’clock in the morning. Vince kept them after the show. He pushed the pretapes back until the show was over and made them do it over and over again. I guess he was making them pay for leaving WWE back in the ‘90s.”

Angle then talked about facing Hogan at the 2002 King of the Ring event.

“I didn’t have a problem with them. I don’t think anybody had a problem with them. I will tell you this. 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.”

“In TNA, Hogan was great to work with. Nash was great to work with. Scott Hall was great to work with. I didn’t have problems at all with them.”