Every wrestling fan knows that WrestleMania is the show of shows, and over the years some classic matches have taken place on the Grandest Stage of Them All.
At WrestleMania 21 Kurt Angle faced off against Shawn Michaels in a match which many consider to be one of HBK’s best performances at WrestleMania, and it was Angle who picked up the win when he made Michaels tap out.
During a recent episode of The Kurt Angle Show the match was discussed and Kurt noted that Vince left the finish up to him and Shawn Michaels.
“Well, Vince left it up to us. Yeah, I was surprised. I didn’t know that he did. What happened was when I met with Shawn four days before WrestleMania, we went to the place where they structure the matches. You know, the ring at the hotel. They had like a party room where they had the ring set up.”
The Hall of Famer went on to say that he was pleasantly surprised when he realized that Shawn Michaels was willing to put him over.
“And Shawn came to me and said, ‘Listen, we don’t have a finish for WrestleMania, but I think you should go over by tap out, and this is why. I think you are going to do a program with Batista. This is what he told me, ‘And we need to make you look really strong.’ So I was like, ‘Wow, you know, Shawn Michaels says basically he is going to job for me. You know, tap out.’ I was pleasantly surprised. Didn’t know if he was serious, but you know, it was; it showed me that he respected me and that, you know, we would have an incredible match, and it wouldn’t matter whether he won or lost. So, I do understand the program with Batista never happened, but I’m sure it was supposed to. But Shawn just decided to let me win, and without the guarantee that we were going to get to wrestle again because there weren’t any plans for us to wrestle after that.”