There have been rumors that WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle had legitimately beaten up Brock Lesnar during their days on the WWE SmackDown roster. However, ‘The Olympic Gold Medalist’ stated that is not the case.
Kurt Angle addresses the rumors involving Brock Lesnar
The former amateur wrestlers grappled in the ring before a WWE event in 2003. Over the last two decades, various stories have emerged about Angle dominating his WrestleMania 19 opponent in the shoot-wrestling contest. Speaking on the “Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling” podcast, the WWE Hall of Famer confirmed that he got the better of Lesnar that day. However, rumors about how much damage he inflicted upon The Beast Incarnate are false:
“I walked up behind Brock and tapped him on the shoulder,” Angle recalled. “I said, ‘It’s time to go.’ We went and, you know what, the rumor is that I kicked his a**. Not true. It was a really close match. I took him down a couple of times. He didn’t take me down at all, but it was a pretty tight match. Who won? Kurt Angle!”
It has also come to light that Steve Lombardi, (The Brooklyn Brawler) had served as a WWE agent during Brock Lesnar and Kurt Angle’s time on SmackDown. The friendly off-screen competition began when Angle found out how Lesnar responded to Lombardi’s question about the possible outcome if they wrestled:
“The Brooklyn Brawler went to Brock and said, ‘Hey, what do you think would happen if you and Kurt wrestled?’ and Brock said, ‘I would kick his a** because he’s too small,’” Angle said. “Brooklyn Brawler told me about it and I went up to Brock and I said, ‘If you can kick my a**, let’s get in the ring right now.’”
Lesnar initially backed down from his challenge but later accepted the request to shoot-wrestle.