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WWE Legend talks BREAKING OPPONENTS ARM during Attitude Era

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In a revealing episode of The Kurt Angle Show, WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle opened up about a harrowing incident during the Attitude Era where he accidentally broke the arm of fellow wrestler Hardcore Holly.

This candid admission sheds light on the risks and responsibilities inherent in professional wrestling.

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Kurt Angle, an Olympic Gold Medalist, transitioned from amateur to professional wrestling in the late 1990s. Known for his rapid adaptation to the WWE style, Angle nonetheless faced challenges typical of a newcomer.

One such challenge occurred during a high-risk manoeuvre – a moonsault. Angle recalls, “The first time I ever did it, I got up there and I was like, ‘This is not good.’ I actually broke Bob Holly’s arm, and broke it right in half. My shins hit his arm, causing a compound fracture.”

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Despite the severity of the injury, the match continued, with Angle inadvertently exacerbating Holly’s pain by grabbing the broken arm.

Reflecting on the incident, Angle described it as a “nightmare of a match.” Demonstrating a sense of responsibility and empathy, Angle accompanied Holly to the hospital and ensured his well-being in the following days.

“I called him every day [and] made sure he was okay. I was doing everything I could to be so sincere to him because I felt so badly about breaking his arm,” Angle shared.

A Bond Beyond the Ring

Remarkably, this incident did not sour the relationship between Angle and Holly. They maintain a good rapport to this day, a testament to their professionalism and mutual respect.

Angle humorously noted that speaking ill of Holly would be unwise, given Holly’s tough reputation, further highlighting the camaraderie and respect that exists among wrestlers despite the physical risks of their profession.


  • Who is Kurt Angle?
    • Kurt Angle is a WWE Hall of Famer and Olympic Gold Medalist who transitioned to professional wrestling in the late 1990s.
  • What happened between Kurt Angle and Hardcore Holly?
    • Kurt Angle accidentally broke Hardcore Holly’s arm during a match with a moonsault from the top of a steel cage.
  • How did Kurt Angle respond to the incident?
    • Angle took Holly to the hospital, checked on him regularly, and expressed sincere remorse for the accident.
  • Did the incident affect Angle and Holly’s relationship?
    • Despite the incident, Angle and Holly maintain a good relationship, showcasing their professionalism and mutual respect.
  • What does this incident reveal about professional wrestling?
    • It highlights the physical risks involved in wrestling and the importance of responsibility and empathy among wrestlers.
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