Kurt Angle Recalls Terrifying Bump During Hell In A Cell Match

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Kurt Angle has revealed untold details behind a huge Hell In A Cell bump.

The Olympic gold medallist was just six weeks into his first WWE Championship reign when he faced the ominous task of defending his title in a six-man Hell In A Cell match at WWE Armageddon on 10th December 2000 in BIrmingham, Alabama.

The odds were against Angle when he stepped into the frightening structure for the first time in his career. The Pittsburgh, PA native would somehow need to see off the challenge of Triple H, The Undertaker, Rikishi, ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin, and The Rock, the man Angle had defeated to lift the crown.

Despite being just the 7th cell match in WWE history, fans had huge expectations for the bout with previous incarnations having featured high-risk incidents and scary moments.

With the match less than three years removed from the jaw-dropping King Of The Ring 1998 battle that saw The Undertaker throw Mankind from the top of the cell, the majority of fans were expecting a similarly shocking scene from the hotly anticipated six-man encounter.

It was The Undertaker, again, who was a key figure when the often-replayed incident arrived. The former WWE Champion viciously dispatched Rikishi from the top of the cell into the back of a truck that had been driven to ringside on the orders of a scheming Mr McMahon.

Whilst a somewhat safer looking fall than Mick Foley’s previous trip to the floor from 16ft in the air, it was still a dangerous bump for the 425-pounder to take and Kurt Angle has recently lifted the lid on how it came to be.

Kurt Angle Reveals Which Two Men Volunteered For Crazy Hell In A Cell Moment

Speaking on his podcast ‘The Kurt Angle Show‘, the WWE Hall Of Famer shared details about the expectation of a huge moment and his reluctance to be on the man on the receiving end of The Undertaker’s wrath:

“I remember when Mick Foley got thrown off of it a few years earlier, and I knew that we were gonna have to do something as crazy as that and I didn’t want to be a part of it!”

Angle would go on to reveal that only two of the six men volunteered for a big-time bump, Rikishi and, interestingly, ‘The Game’ Triple H:

‘Who wants to do the crazy stunt?’ And I didn’t raise my hand. I believe Rikishi raised [his] hand and Triple H raised his hand.”

It was likely a smart decision from Angle, for whom injuries have taken their toll without the addition of bumps of this nature. Kurt Angle recently announced that he was set to undergo further surgery in 2024.

H/T: WrestlingInc for the above transcription