The Rock is still regarded as of the most popular pro wrestlers in the history fo the business. During the No Way Out 2001 pay-per-view, The Rock challenged Kurt Angle for the WWE Title in a singles match.
While The Rock won the match, it was not without its problems. The finish of the match was botched as now current AEW referee Earl Hebner mistook the second Rock Bottom delivered by The Rock as the first and stopped counting to three.
Kurt Angle talked about the botched finish on ”The Kurt Angle Show,” where he revealed that the botch was simply a mistake. He then revealed that The Rock was absolutely livid at the botch.
“Well, you know, I distinctly remember Earl probably thought that was the first Rock Bottom. I believe we had a Rock Bottom earlier in the match, and Earl forgot. So, the finish was supposed to be the second Rock Bottom, and Earl thought the second one was the first. So that’s why he hesitated on the count.”
Dwayne, The Rock was pissed. He picked me up, Rock Bottomed me, and told Earl, looked him in the eye, and said, ‘Count the m*********ing finish!’ (laughs). He is pissed! Earl is going to get it when we get back to Gorilla. But Dwayne, he was mad at the time, and when he got backstage, he cooled down. He didn’t yell or anything. We all make mistakes.”