WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle is undoubtedly one of the best pro wrestlers to have ever graced a pro wrestling ring. The Olympic Gold Medalist has accomplished more things in one year than many pro wrestlers did in their entire careers. That being said, Kurt Angle has duked it out with many top stars in WWE, the best of whom being Brock Lesnar. In fact, Lesnar once broke Angle’s neck in three places with a chair shot.

Kurt Angle feuded with Brock Lesnar back in 2003 and had numerous instant classic matches against The Beast Incarnate. Angle’s rivalry with Brock proved to the world just how good the two were together.

As fans are aware by now, Kurt Angle has a history of broken necks. That being said, the lesser-known incident that caused him to have a broken neck was during the latter half of 2003.

Angle failed to inform Brock Lesnar that, due to a previous neck injury, he should not be hit with a chair on the top of his head, during a night in the latter half of 2003.


Chris Benoit, aware of his own history of neck injury, ensured to caution Brock Lesnar against striking him on the top of the head with a steel chair during the same night. As a result, Lesnar swung the chair sideways.

While speaking on the latest episode of his podcast, Kurt Angle revealed that the aforementioned chair shot ended up breaking his neck in three different places.

Well, what happened was Brock Lesnar hit me over the head with a chair, and he brought it. I mean, when I tell you he brought it, he really brought it. The thing is, me and Chris Benoit both got hit with a chair by Brock that night. Chris, before the match started, he told Brock, ‘Hey, swing sideways on my head because I had surgery on my neck, and I don’t want you to come over straight over the top.'”

“I didn’t tell Brock,” he continued. “So he hits Benoit sideways, and Benoit’s neck is okay. “He goes over the top and hits me right on top of my head as hard as he could, and I broke — three broken vertebrae. I had bone chips in my neck, and I had two discs that slid into my spinal cord. So I kind of messed myself up again. This is the third time I broke my neck.”

Kurt Angle would be written off shortly after WrestleMania in 2004 for several months before returning to face Eddie Guerrero at that year’s SummerSlam. He also squashed rumors that he beat up Lesnar. The two will always have a great relationship and that’s all that matters.

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