Kurt Angle was asked about the infamous “Plane Ride From Hell” on the “Ask Kurt Anything” episode of his podcast this week, and he shared how an inebriated Vince McMahon’s desire to wrestle him led to the “night that will never end.”
“Oh God, it was the longest night of my life. The thing was—I was on the plane and Vince had a few wines in him. A few glasses of wine and he was feeling frisky and thought ‘if I’m gonna wrestle someone that’s the best, might as well wrestle an Olympic Gold Medalist. I’m going to try him out.’ You have to understand, Vince is the type of guy that would say to Mike Tyson, ‘Knock me out. Go ahead, hit me in the face. I want to feel what it’s like.’ He wants to feel what it’s like to be with the best person at what they do. I totally get it,” Angle said, “but Vince is crazy.”
“So, he was jumping on me, and then he would have somebody come get me and say they wanted to talk to me in the back of the plane. I’d get up and he’d jump me from behind, and we’d wrestle,” Angle stated. “We did it for five hours. We’d wrestle for a few minutes, and I’d hold him down and say, ‘Are you good?’ He’d say, ‘Yeah, yeah, we’re good.’ I’d go back and lay down, and he would jump on me again or he would have someone call me up and we’d go to the back of the plane, he’d jump me again. It went for five hours, and it just became very irritating.”
Angle would then go on to say that the pilot had threatened to land the plane if they didn’t stop, but McMahon’s response was priceless.
“The crazy thing, we were on the plane and there was wine stains all over the floor – there’s this flawless white carpet and there’s wine stains everywhere. Vince and I were wrestling near the door, and there’s the latch. You open the latch and the door is open and you fly out of the plane. We kept hitting the latch while we were wrestling, so the flight attendant came and said, ‘Hey! The pilot said if you don’t sit down and stop, he’s gonna land this plane right now.’ Vince says, ‘Go tell the pilot to fuck himself. I’ll buy the fucking plane.’”
“I was like, ‘Oh my God!’ So, here we are, wrestling on the plane and we’re getting ready to land, and they finally get Vince to calm down. We’re getting ready to hit the ground and Jericho is sitting in front of me. He looks back at me and says, ‘hey, look who’s coming up the aisle.’ And while we’re hitting the ground landing, Vince is army crawling up the aisle to jump on me again. I’m like, ‘Holy shit, this is the night that will never end.’ It was a freakin’ nightmare.”
Check out the full episode below: