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When A Concussed Brock Lesnar Lost His Cool Backstage After Almost Breaking His Neck At Wrestlemania

When A Concussed Brock Lesnar Lost His Cool Backstage After Almost Breaking His Neck At Wrestlemania

Brock Lesnar suffered one of the worst injuries in WWE history back in 2003 when he landed right on his neck in his Wrestlemania 19 main event match with Kurt Angle.

The pair of absolute physical specimens did battle in Seattle, Washington for the WWE Championship and while the bout was a classic between two of the very best to do it, it's best remembered for Lesnar's botched manoeuver and subsequent concussion.

The 6 ft 2, near 300lbs machine climbed to the top rope and attempted a 'Shooting Star Press' - essentially a backwards somersault onto Angle - and it went horribly wrong.

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Lesnar had perfected this move during his OVW developmental days but Angle was too far away on this occasion and he nearly paralyzed himself.

He was dazed and did not know what day it was whatsoever but somehow managed to finish the match and take Angle's title after putting him away with his deadly F5 finisher.

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When he headed backstage and medics tried to attend to him, Lesnar completely lost the plot and footage shows WWE officials looking very sheepish as they tried and failed to control him.

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Angle would later take some of the blame for the botched move as it was his idea for Brock to end the show in spectacular fashion.

They had practiced in the build-up to the match and all was well. But the slight slip from Lesnar on the night was costly.

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Recalling the move and what happened when he went back through the curtain, Lesnar said, as per Pro Wrestling Stories: "There I stood, on the top rope, both arms raised in triumph, my head back, letting the crowd take it all in...and then I launched the Shooting Star Press.

"Every wrestling fan knows what happened next. My boot slipped off the wet rope...I saw the people, I saw the top of the arena, I saw the mat coming and then I saw Kurt's singlet, so I thought I was ok..."

"I under-rotated, crashed in spectacular fashion, and gave myself a massive concussion. I damn near broke my neck."

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"I was getting warm, I was getting sick...and all these people surrounded me...people grabbing me, wanting me down on the stretcher, wanting me in the ambulance...and I wasn't having any of that. I just went nuts.

"Everyone said I was hard to handle, and I can imagine I was."

Topics: WWE News, Wrestling, WWE, Brock Lesnar

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Josh Lawless

Josh is a writer who specialises in football and wrestling. He has been published by Curzon Ashton FC, Late Tackle, Manchester City FC, The Mirror, Read Man City and Manchester Evening News. He provides coverage of professional wrestling and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the field - including the first UK interview with The Hardy Boyz after their return to WWE. He has never sported a pair of Lonsdale Slip-ons, contrary to reports.