“A Lot of People Don’t Talk About it Too Much” – Booker T Reveals The Worst Shoot Fight In WWE History

Published 05/11/2021, 10:20 AM EDT


Backstage fights were commonplace back in the day for WWE. There were real brawls as well as shoot-fights. But to the fans, it all looked real. However, today, thanks to various podcasts and wrestling channels, we get to know the insights of these fights. WWE Hall of Famer Booker T recently revealed one such incident.

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Booker T reveals worst shoot-fight

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On the May 9, 2021, episode of the “Reality of Wrestling” podcast, Booker T and host Brad Gilmore were asked about the worst shoot fight they ever saw in wrestling either in the ring or backstage.

To this, Brad quickly replied that during his time as a wrestling fan, he had heard about some of these shoot fights. This includes the infamous backstage brawls between Kurt Angle and Brock Lesnar, and the one between Booker and Eddie Guerrero.

Brad also remembers hearing a story from Chris Jericho where he and Goldberg got into it.

Booker replied, “I was there, you know, for like, you know some of the Brock Lesnar stuff. Well, one of the — one of the best ones I think you know, there’s you know, I don’t know if anybody ever told it but Kurt Angle and Daniel Puder. That was one that was — actually pretty good and a lot of people don’t talk about it too much you know. Just out of respect, you know Kurt Angle, Olympic gold medals. You don’t want to talk about that. But that Puder was, you know, pretty good that day”

31 Jul 1996: Kurt Angle of the United States holds the American flag at the free-style wrestling competition during the Summer Olympics at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

Kurt Angle Vs. Daniel Puder

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On the November 4, 2004, episode of Raw, WWE booked the Tough-Enough finalists for a shoot-fight with Kurt Angle.
Angle would take down finalist Daniel Puder, but Puder would get Angle into a chimera armbar and was moments away from snapping Angle’s arm.
The referee quickly discerned this and counted Puder’s shoulders to the mat for the pin.
This saved Angle from the humiliation of tapping out on television. Kurt leaped right up and got into Puder’s face, as he was absolutely enraged that this occurred.
Despite the part being unscripted, Angle’s frustrations recapitulated backstage as he demanded to know why WWE would book a segment that could have completely shattered his integrity.

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Aditya Pran Mahanta is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Arts degree. Being a sports fanatic, he has played at the state level badminton in his younger years but his love for WWE overtook all other passions. Being a decade-long wrestling fan, he relishes the older wrestlers and wishes that the newer generation had the same Edge. He is a passionate fan of Rey Mysterio for his high flying style, Edge for being The Ultimate Opportunist, and Razor Ramon because nobody messes with the Bad Guy!

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