Classic Wrestling – KOTR 2001 – Angle vs. Shane

Written by: Joey Finnegan

Man, stuff like this is why I’ve been so disappointed with the outcome of the 2015 King of the Ring tournament. The event has so much history behind it.

For starters, Stone Cold Steve Austin was born at the 1996 edition. He beat Jake Roberts in the final round, and then cut a killer promo, which famously included the first usage of the wildly popular catchphrase, “Austin 3:16 says I just whipped your ass.”

Then, of course, when you talk KotR, you have to mention Mick Foley versus Undertaker in Hell in a Cell. Who will ever forget seeing Mick fly off that cage? He was so human in that moment.

It was because of Jim Ross and his genuine concern. It created a clear distinction between fiction and reality. You weren’t worried about Mankind, you were terrified for Mick Foley.


Finally, in 2001 – Shane McMahon and Kurt Angle faced off in an absolutely brutal street fight. You can say anything you want about Vince, Stephanie, and Triple H, but I will hear no smack talk about Shane O’Mac. That man destroyed himself for our entertainment.

He let an Olympic wrestler toss him around like a rag doll, and it was glorious.

Angle versus Shane is a classic. It’s one of those matches that doesn’t even need a buildup. They tell the story in the ring. Kurt Angle wants to murder Shane McMahon.

That’s all you need to know.


The sound of Shane’s head hitting the concrete is sickening. I feel it every time. Doesn’t matter how many times I see it. I can only imagine how crazy Vince McMahon was going at gorilla. He must’ve been terrified.

DAMN IT! Now I can’t stop thinking about the noise Shane’s dome made when it smacked into the ground. I keep hearing it – over and over…NO MORE!

My head hurts.