In 2003, at WrestleMania 19, the main event saw a championship match between Brock Lesnar and then champion Kurt Angle. One of the most memorable moments of that match happened near the end when Brock Lesnar climbed the top ropes and attempted to pull of a Shooting Star Press.
Now, this is a tough move for anyone to pull of, especially for a dude as big as Lesnar. He ended up botching the move, landing on his head and suffering a pretty severe concussion - and if you watch the video above you'll see that, with the way he landed, it could have been much worse.
During the live podcast Brock did with Steve Austin after this week's Raw, Lesnar said that he never wanted to do the move. So, why did he do it? Well, he said that he did it because someone (who he wouldn't mention) convinced him that doing the shooting star press would be his "WrestleMania Moment." Who was that someone?
According to the Wrestling Observer:
"Lesnar said he didn’t want to do it but someone, who he wouldn’t mention, talked him into it saying it would be his WrestleMania moment. The person he didn’t mention was John Laurinaitis as far as the suggestion. Jim Ross he had said in other interviews was the guy who pushed it as his “WrestleMania” moment."
However, there seems to be another version of the story going around as well. Wrestling Inc recently talked to Kurt Angle and he said that the move was his idea!
"That was my idea, I will take responsibility for Brock doing that," Angle said. "At the time I had to leave [WWE], it really wasn't in the plans for me to drop the title atWrestleMania. I had suffered a broken neck and was going to have surgery, so I wanted to do something that people would remember. I asked Brock to do the Shooting Star Press, which he had done many times in OVW. I just thought it would be a great way to end the show.
"Unfortunately Brock came up short. I think I was a little too far away, and Brock kinda double guessed before he went. If you ever watched the tape, you'll see he goes, then he kinda stops, then he says screw it. So that hesitation caused him to land on his head. But that was my call, I know that Brock didn't necessarily want to do it, but we did practice it earlier in the week and he was doing it perfectly well, he just got in a situation in the match where he kinda slipped a little bit and that was it.
"But I can tell you this, fans still remember it!"
Prior to reading Kurt's comments, I had read that Angle "hated" that he did the move. So, not quite sure what to make of those recent comments.
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