WWE’s infamous “Plane Ride From Hell” in 2002 is one of the many subjects that will be covered in Vice’s Dark Side of the Ring documentary series this season, which kicks off tonight with an episode on Brian Pillman.
On The Kurt Angle Show, Kurt Angle was asked about his experience on that memorable flight. It appears that he is mixing up his memory with a different nightmarish plane ride from the same time frame. Regardless, this is perhaps the most ridiculous story about Vince McMahon that I’ve ever heard:
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. He was feeling frisky and he thought, ‘Hey, why not. If I’m gonna wrestle someone that’s the best, might as well wrestle an Olympic gold medalist. I’m gonna to try him out.’
You have to understand, Vince is the type of guy that would say to Mike Tyson, ‘Hey, 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. And I totally get it, you know, but Vince is crazy.
So he was jumping on me, or he would have somebody come get me and say they want to talk to me in the back of the plane. I’d get up and he’d jump me from behind, and we would wrestle. We did it for five hours. Wrestling a few minutes, I’d hold him down. I’d say, ‘Are you good?’ He’s like, ‘Yeah yeah, we’re good.’ And I go back and lay down and he would jump on me again, or he would have someone call me up and go to the back of the plane. He’d jump on me again. So it went for 5 hours and it just became very irritating.
The crazy thing is, we were on the plane and there was wine stains all over the floor. The floor was white carpet and there was just wine stains everywhere. And Vince and I are wrestling near the door, the latch. You open the latch and push it open, the doors open, you fly out 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.’ And 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. And we’re getting ready to hit the ground and [Chris] 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 freaking nightmare.
Vince is a madman. It’s true, it’s damn true.