WWE Legend Recalls Forcing Stone Cold Steve Austin to Submit: “I Feel Very Honored”

Published 01/03/2022, 8:00 AM EST
HOUSTON – APRIL 05: Stone Cold Steve Austin salutes the crowd one last time at “WrestleMania 25” at the Reliant Stadium on April 5, 2009 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levy/WireImage)


‘The Texas Rattlesnake’ Stone Cold Steve Austin and Kurt Angle fought in many intense battles during the Attitude Era. The Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle was a huge sensation during the Attitude Era.

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Recently, Kurt Angle talked about his match against Stone Cold Steve Austin for the WWE Championship at Unforgiven 2001. During that time, Steve Austin was the WWE Champion who defend his title against Angle.

The showdown between these two legends excited the wrestling fans. During the Attitude Era, Kurt Angle and Steve Austin were big superstars who were only on main card matches. During the latest episode of Kurt Angle Show, the Hall of Famer talked about Austin tapping out to a submission.

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He said, “Vince told me to talk to Steve, I had to go to Steve and ask him, and he agreed. But the finish was a little weird because Steve did have his hand underneath the rope when he tapped out, which means he didn’t tap out, but in history proves that he actually did. It ended up you know, events decide to keep it as a tap out.

“So, that was the whole idea. That’s what happened. And, and you’re right, Steve never tapped out ever. I think the only time that he lost to a submission hold was when Bret Hart had him in a and sharpshooter and he passed out. So Steve isn’t a guy that taps out he never does so I feel felt very honored that he did that.

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Stone Cold Steve Austin taps out against Kurt Angle

During the Attitude Era, Stone Cold Steve Austin was in the heel character. On the other hand, Kurt Angle made his way on the list of top superstars as a babyface.

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During the 2001 Unforgiven pay-per-view, Austin defended his WWE title against Kurt Angle. Originally, the plans were different but Vince McMahon change the scenario to give Kurt Angle a push. Vince McMahon caught the fan’s attention with Kurt Angle’s push.

As per the match’s weird ending, Kurt Angle caught Austin’s ankle for ‘The Ankle Lock’ submission. Austin crawled to the ropes to grab it. However, Austin tapped out beneath the ropes which gave Kurt Angle the win. But, technically, it wasn’t his win. This gave a weird ending, which was a non-technical win. According to Angle, Austin has tapped out only once before in his career.

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What do you make out of this? Do you think Austin should have won the match? Tell us in the comments.

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Yash Sawant

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Yash is a WWE and AEW writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Yash is a BSC student and along with his studies follows his favorite sport. Being a WWE fan since 2012, Yash loves all things related to wrestling.

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