Intense Real-Life Fight Between Eddie Guerrero and Kurt Angle in WWE!

When Tempers Flared: Kurt Angle Fights Eddie Guerrero

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One night, things kicked off for real backstage between Kurt Angle and Eddie Guerrero. Had it not been for Big Show (AEW’s Paul Wight), things could have ended much worse for these two legends.

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The Real-Life Altercation Between Eddie Guerrero and Kurt Angle

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Eddie Guerrero and Kurt Angle were two of the best to lace up a pair of wrestling boots.

When they stepped through those ropes in their prime, magic took place. But by 2004, Eddie was in a lot of physical pain due to a car accident that almost left him unable to walk in 1999.

Kurt Angle’s Tribute to Eddie Guerrero: Recognizing the Resilience and Limitations of a Wrestling Legend

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In an April 2017 episode of Talk Is Jericho, Kurt Angle had a lot of praise for Eddie Guerrero, saying that Eddie, at his peak, was one of the best wrestlers in the world.

"That car accident really inhibited what he could do after that," Kurt explained. "In other words, he had limits. He could still do a lot, but not like he used to."

The Wrestling Genius of Eddie Guerrero: Kurt Angle’s Admiration

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Angle continued, "I used to watch him in WCW and would go, ‘Wow! This kid’s incredible!’ But he almost couldn’t walk again after that accident. Eddie was banged up when I wrestled him. You could tell by the way he bumped. He would bump really hard like a big man.

"It seemed like he was always hurting. You would see him earlier in the day, and he looked like an old man, you know? It was like he’s still that good despite being banged up the way that he was. I couldn’t imagine wrestling Eddie in 1998."

Eddie Guerrero Brought the Best out of Kurt Angle

"You deserved it!" Eddie Guerrero walks out as WWE Champion.
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According to Kurt Angle, he had one of his best matches against Eddie Guerrero at WrestleMania XX but admitted that he always wondered what it would have been like to wrestle Eddie in his prime.

"As good as he was in 2004 and 2005, he had to have been ten times better [in WCW]. That’s mind-blowing! He could have been the absolute greatest of all time.

"When I wrestled him, he was still in that top 3. Eddie had it all. He was so entertaining, but he had all the technique, too. He was just such a great wrestler. He got finishes, and he knew how to structure [a match]."

Why Was Eddie Guerrero So Angry with Kurt Angle?

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Due to physical limitations caused by that fateful car accident in 1999, Eddie Guerrero could not show the same kind of physicality in the ring that he once could. This bothered him, and it wasn’t rare for him to go off on people backstage when things went amiss in the ring.

"The night I got into a fight with Eddie, oh, man. When Eddie snapped, he flicked a switch. And that’s the problem. When Eddie got mad, you couldn’t change his mind. He was going to get [mad], he was going to cut a promo on you, and he would tell you like it is.

Backstage Tensions: Kurt Angle’s Encounter with Eddie Guerrero’s Accusations

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"The problem is, we had to jump Eddie out in the ring, but I didn’t touch him. We had these two big goon guys- Mark Jindrak and Luther Reigns.

"They were beating the hell out of Eddie. And we got heat on him to end the show, and I was waiting in the back because I wanted to thank Eddie, but remember, I didn’t touch him. He comes straight up to me, and he blames me for it! I said, ‘Woah, I didn’t touch you!’

"‘Yes, you did, Angle!’ – and this and that.

Kurt Angle and Eddie Guerrero’s Unexpected Confrontation

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"This is like the fifth time he had confronted me in the past month, so I shoved him. I just wanted to see what he would do. And he didn’t do anything, so I shoved him again, and he double-legs me.

"He could have sucker-punched me, but he double-legged me! I thought, ‘He did not just double-leg an Olympic gold medalist!’ (laughs)

"So I laid the hips into him, and I started choking him out nice and slow.

Big Show Strength: Kurt Angle’s Humbling Encounter Backstage

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"The problem is, Big Show, who gave me little guy syndrome that day, he actually grabbed me by my singlet, and he picked me up like a puppy.

"He then picked Eddie up with the other hand, and he walked me over to one side of the room, and he walked Eddie over to the other side of the room, and I looked at Big Show and said, ‘Don’t you ever, ever touch me again!’

"I mean, he made me feel like an eight-year-old kid! I was [upset]! I was like, ‘Don’t you ever, ever grab me by my singlet and pick me up and walk me across the room like that!"

"It was really embarrassing, but that’s how strong Big Show was."

Reconciliation and Redemption: Kurt Angle and Eddie Guerrero’s Journey to Forgiveness

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After Big Show separated the two men, Kurt wanted to make amends right away, but Eddie wasn’t ready.

"You know Eddie has a temper," Angle confessed. "Five minutes after my fight, I walked over to him, and I said, ‘I’m sorry, Eddie. I’m sorry for what happened.’ And he goes, ‘I’m not ready yet!’ Oh, God!

"So I said, ‘You what?’ and he goes, ‘I’m not ready to be sorry,’ so I pushed him again! I wanted to fight this poor kid, but he didn’t want to double-leg me again, so he was standing there, and JBL got in between us.

"I tried to call him that night, but he wasn’t ready again, but finally, one week later, he came to me and apologized."

Aftermath

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"Eddie and I were brothers," Kurt Angle later admitted.

"My brother Eric and I, we fought all the time, so I didn’t mind. I knew Eddie was very much like my brother Eric. He had a temper, and he would let it fly every once in a while, and we would get over it. And we did.

"Eddie got mad at me a million times, but knowing he was just like my brother, Eric, okay, we can forgive each other the next day and move on, but the whole, ‘I’m not ready yet, it got to me, man! I wanted to kick his butt!" (laughs)

Bruce Prichard’s Account of Kurt Angle and Eddie Guerrero’s Backstage Skirmish

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Bruce Prichard witnessed the two of them going at it in the back. He had this to say about what he saw on an episode of Something To Wrestle.

"It was a short skirmish, and Eddie got upset," Prichard recalls.

"Kurt and Eddie had been out in the ring beforehand, and, man, if Kurt Angle wants to take you and do something with you, he’s going to do it. And Eddie was a little ****** off because Kurt wasn’t listening to him.

"They came back, and Eddie was pretty upset. Eddie attacked Kurt, tried to double-leg him, and take him down, and Kurt just front face-locked him before they were pulled apart very quickly."

Prichard also revealed the conversation that took place between JBL and Eddie following their second fight.

Brothers in the Ring: Kurt Angle and Eddie Guerrero’s Fiery Display of Mutual Passion

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"JBL said, ‘Eddie, he’s an Olympic gold medalist. What the **** were you thinking?’ and Eddie, just putting his head down, like, ‘I know, man. I’m just so stupid!’ But that was it, just two guys pretty heated after a match, and Eddie trying to double-leg Kurt and Kurt wasn’t going anywhere."

When it comes to brothers, a wise unknown author once said, "They’re not fighting, they’re just expressing their love for each other through a bit of physical violence!" The same could easily be applied here with this story.

Vince McMahon and Kofi Kingston Fight at an Airport!

A bit of liquid courage: Kofi Kingston challenges Vince McMahon to a fight!

KOFI KINGSTON: “Do you have a problem with me?"

VINCE MCMAHON: "Maybe I do. Do you wanna do something about it?"

In the leadup to WrestleMania 26, John Cena, Kofi Kingston, and Chris Jericho were sharing a ride with Vince McMahon on his private jet. Drinks were flowing for the entirety of the four-hour journey when McMahon made an unfair comment to Kofi. A real-life scuffle between the two on the airport tarmac would ensue!

Read: Vince McMahon and Kofi Kingston Fight at an Airport!

Wrestling Injuries That Ended Careers Too Soon

Tyson Kidd and Cesaro with some tandem offense on Kofi Kingston.
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“When I hit the mat, I knew my neck was broken and that I was paralyzed.”

These individuals’ lives were irrevocably altered while doing what they loved.

Kevin Nash and Roddy Piper: Their Heated Backstage Fight!

A fight between Kevin Nash and Roddy Piper took place backstage at WCW’s Slamboree ’97 pay-per-view. Here, both men give their differing takes on what happened.

RODDY PIPER: “I got up, charged Kevin Nash, and threw him out of my dressing room!”

KEVIN NASH: “Piper is a deranged old fool. He got slapped to the floor.”

During the height of the Monday Night Wars, a rift was growing backstage in WCW, leading to a real-life dispute between 7’0", 300lbs Kevin Nash and Roddy Piper. As you’ll soon discover, Piper wasn’t called "Rowdy" for nothing!

Read: Kevin Nash and Roddy Piper: Their Heated Backstage Fight!

The Real Bret Hart

Bret Hart.
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Bret Hart has had a lot to say about his peers, but what do they have to say about him?

These twelve surprising stories paint a clear picture of who the real Hitman is!

Kurt Angle and Daniel Puder – The Infamous Shoot Incident

On November 4th, 2004, WWE Tough Enough contestant Daniel Puder stepped up to Olympic gold medalist and wrestling legend Kurt Angle.
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KURT ANGLE: “Puder’s a pud. He was a moron.”

DANIEL PUDER (in 2020): “Kurt is still [angry].”

In 2004, WWE Tough Enough returned but in a new format away from MTV. In an unscripted moment, Kurt Angle fractured the ribs of one of the finalists and subsequently challenged the rest of the contestants to step up. Daniel Puder answered the call. Had referee Jimmy Korderas let things continue, things would not have ended well for the Olympic hero!

Read “Kurt Angle and Daniel Puder – The Infamous Shoot Incident”

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