Kurt Angle is used to fans chanting “you suck” at him now. His WWE in-ring debut at Survivor Series in 1999 was met with a different kind of chant.
During The Kurt Angle Show, the Olympic Hero revealed how his Survivor Series match against Shawn Stasiak didn’t go the way they planned. Fans started chanting “boring” in the middle of the contest. This caused Vince McMahon to change up the plan as he ordered Kurt Angle to grab a microphone and chastise the crowd.
“I was nervous as hell. I’ve never done it before, this is my first time, my debut, and you know, I was wrestling Shawn (Stasiak), and I was familiar with Shawn because I had been training with Shawn. We had a few matches, dark matches, and stuff that we had done before, but this was very scary because this was my debut, and I was more concerned about getting everything right.”
“The crazy thing is, during the match, in the middle of it, the fans were chanting boring, and the referee comes to me and says, Shawn has me in a chokehold, and he says, ‘listen, Vince wants you to beat up Shawn, go outside the ring, grab the microphone and say, ‘you do not chant boring to an Olympic gold medalist. I came here for you’.”
“And I was like, ‘Holy sh*t. I never did this before, you know, nobody warned me ahead of time. This was improvisation by Vince, and I paused for a second, and the ref said, ‘listen, you’ve got to do it.’ I said, ‘what does he want me to do again?’ He had to repeat it again, and I went out, and I did. The fans reacted, and they chanted ‘boring’ even louder. So, we got the reaction we wanted.”
“I mean, about the match. The match was good. It wasn’t great. It was about six or seven minutes. So, it wasn’t a lot of time, you know, we didn’t have a lot of time on the card. I thought the match was very smooth, and it was decent.”
The spot where Kurt Angle grabbed the microphone wasn’t in the original plan. This was also a big lesson for Angle to learn as he started his WWE career; because you never know what can happen when you step inside a WWE ring.