Kurt Angle Accused Of “Bullsh*t Story” By Ex-WWE Star
Kurt Angle recently had a lot to say about former WWE star Shawn Stasiak and how Stasiak was released by WWE but now the man once known as Meat has hit back at the WWE Hall of Famer.
Speaking recently on The Kurt Angle Show, the Olympic gold medallist recalled his Survivor Series 1999 debut against Shawn Stasiak and noted that the timing of a hair transplant may have affected Stasiak’s career:
“I want to tell you a story about Shawn. This also affected his career, and I hate to say this, but I have to let the cat out of the bag. Shawn was losing his hair just like I was.
“He decided to get a hair replacement surgery and it was a week before he was called up. He called the WWE and said, ‘Hey, I can’t be called up right now. I’m getting my hair done’, and they’re like, ‘Oh, okay. All right. We’ll take care of you then.’
“He didn’t lose his confidence because of that, but I think that painted him in a corner where, okay, this guy’s not going to be a team player. They were like, ‘We want you to debut right now’, and he’s like, ‘I can’t. I have to wait about two months.’ I was like, ‘Okay, you can wait two months. Let’s see what happens then.’ When I look at it, I just wonder if that might have affected his career a little bit.”
Speaking to PWMania.com, Shawn Stasiak fired back at Kurt Angle for his comments and said he did get a hair transplant but with the full blessing of the company and it was WWE who told him to get it done asap:
“I was in Memphis Tennessee at the time, I was working with Jerry Lawler and was in a great storyline angle. It was so much fun looking back at those times, the king of course the legend so it was an honor for me to work with him. I was a young man, great body, full of p*ss and vinegar want to take on the world and here I am the WWE, and I’m in these training camps with guys like Test (Andrew Martin), Christian, and Edge with these beautiful long flowing locks of blonde hair and I’m losing my hair, right I’m going I gotta do something about this man, this sucks, you know?
“And I’m thinking and what are my options? Shave it? Buzz it? I looked into that procedure and I went to one of the best places if not the best place in the world in Toronto and inquired, did a little consultation, and I got back to WWE, and I said listen, you guys were about to call me up I think soon and that was the word, right?
“And I consulted with them. I said I just think this would help improve my image give me some youth back give me some years back you know, and they say hey, by all means, if it improves your image and feel it helps your confidence and it gives you some youth and improves your image then by all means because we want to bring you in as kind of like, stay in shape, keep your abs and they were they weren’t telling me what the character was going to be as my rookie character we’d soon find out that after that, but I just decided to get that done.
“I don’t know where that story came from. I don’t know where Kurt conjured up that story in his mind. I don’t know if he [Kurt Angle] heard something from someone in the office. I don’t know maybe he was a little loopy that day, I don’t what he was thinking, but that’s a bullsh*t story. I never would have called the WWE, and said ‘Hey guys listen, I’m getting my hair done, you’re got to hold off my debut for a couple.’ Are you kidding me? None of that happened.
“I spoke with them and consulted. They said yes, by all means, get it done, but get it done now because there’s a little bit of a period of recovery, for about a month or so. And they said, just do it now, and then we should be fine. So I did.”
Stasiak was fired by WWE a little over a month after his match with Angle after he was caught recording conversations in the locker room between his colleagues. Stasiak resurfaced in WCW before rejoining WWE for a spell after that promotion’s demise in 2001.