WWE Hall of Famer and a former 5 times WWE world champion Kurt Angle recently remembered the invasion storyline of WWE and he also remembered his storyline with Stone Cold Steve Austin back in the time.
The invention storyline is one of the most talked about storylines in WWE history. It has been vastly criticized as it could not be executed well, but the idea was actually brilliant. A lot of wrestling promotions, even the independent promotions take inspiration from the story line to make their own invasion angle storylines.
Kurt Angle Remembers The Invasion Angle
The invasion storyline of WWE started in 2001 after Vince McMahon purchased both World Championship Wrestling and Extreme Championship Wrestling. Wrestlers from both promotions arrived in WWE, some of them became really famous, and some could not be recognised at all.
Kurt Angle and Stone Cold Steve Austin had some excellent feuds together back in the time. In that time, it felt like Stone Cold Steve Austin would pass the torch to Angle, but WWE maintained the profile of both wrestlers very well. The feud started before SummerSlam 2001 and it continued for months. Angle had a submission victory over Stone Cold Steve Austin and it was very rare in WWE. Angle defeated Austin at the Unforgiven pay per view event by submission.
During a recent episode of the Kurt Angle show the Olympic Gold Medalist talked about the invention storyline of WWE and his feud with Stone Cold Steve Austin back in the time. Here is what he had to say;
“Vince decided to put us together because we were injured. We were no good to the company performance wise. Vince didn’t want us sitting at home. We were his two biggest stars, and he wanted to utilize us in a positive manner.
“Vince decided to have pretapes of Austin, me, and Vince where we would be doing some funny, entertaining stuff. I thought it was a great call on Vince’s part. The chemistry was unbelievable. We didn’t even know we had chemistry until we did it. We didn’t practice or anything.
“Vince would bring up an idea that day, and say, ‘Hey, this is what we want to do. This is what we want to get done. This is the topic. Kurt, you start. I’ll chime in. Austin, you chime in and say your thing.’ It was mainly ad-libbed. It wasn’t scripted much. It was just talked about. We would do it.
“The thing is, at the beginning we were laughing so hard half way through the pretape, that the pretape would get ruined. Vince would get pissed. He said, ‘Listen, you son of a b**ches laugh anymore, I’m fining you $2,000 for every time you laugh.’ We were like, ‘Ok, we’ll get serious about this Vince’, but it was so damn funny hearing Austin.
“His personality is so incredible. He has so much talent ad-libbing. He’s one of the funniest guys I’ve ever met. Austin was so entertaining doing those pretapes. So was Vince. I had so much fun doing them. It was the funnest time in my career.”
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