Speaking on Chris Jericho’s “Talk is Jericho” podcast, Hulk Hogan revealed how Chris Jericho was one of his favorite opponents ever, but that he hated wrestling Kurt Angle in the WWE.
Hogan worked with Angle a handful of times in 2002, after joining the WWE following the purchase of WCW. In their only televised singles match, Kurt Angle defeated Hulk Hogan at King of the Ring 2002, in a dream match for many.
However, Hogan hated working with Kurt Angle, and for good reason.
Speaking on Talk is Jericho, Hulk Hogan claimed that Chris Jericho was his “favorite to work with” in the WWE, due to how easy Jericho was to work with.
He then went to say how he had a “bad experience” wrestling Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle in the WWE, with Angle hitting him hard during their matches together.
Speaking on Talk is Jericho, Hulk Hogan said this about working with Kurt Angle:
“You [Chris Jericho] were my favorite to work with, because I knew the matches were gonna be good, I knew you were an entertainer so I wasn’t going to get hurt
I had a bad experience with Kurt Angle. Me and Kurt Angle went out there and like, first two or three times I said ‘Bro, man, what’s your deal? [working stuff]. I didn’t know, but when we got to TNA, he goes, ‘Vince told me to do that you for the first time!”.
Standard Vince rib.”
The pair wrestled a handful of matches together in TNA, so it shows that there was no bad blood between Hulk Hogan and Kurt Angle.
Kurt Angle Reveals Why He Was Rough With Hulk Hogan
Kurt Angle revealed why he was rough with Hulk Hogan in the ring, and that Hogan’s complaints about his working weren’t entirely unjustified.
“I remember wrestling Hulk Hogan at Madison Square Garden. It was a six-man tag, and afterwards he went to the back to the Gorilla position. He walked up the vents and said, ‘Hey Vince, the Olympic boy is a little el stifo.’ That’s what he told this.
“I did lay into him that night, and it was dumb, stupid on my part. The problem was Hogan came in late that night, about a half hour before the show started. He wanted to sit down and put the match together, but we had already structured it.”
“I told him it’s already put together, here’s your slot of time when you’re going to be in the ring. You do whatever you want to do. There were certain spots we had to do in the match. One of them involved knocking Hogan off the edge of the ring onto the floor so I could get a false finish. “
“The first time someone tried, he stayed on the edge of the ring and didn’t follow to the floor. So the next time I had to go over there to knock him off, I stiffed him really hard in the head to get him to fall. The second time he did fall, and he told Vince that I was a little too stiff. I don’t blame him, and I feel bad for doing that to Hulk Hogan. I should have never done that.”
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