During a recent interview, former WWE referee Jimmy Korderas shared various details on Daniel Puder almost breaking Kurt Angle’s arm on an episode of SmackDown.
Speaking on the It’s My House Podcast, Korderas had this to say:
“Daniel Rodimer I think was the guy who ended up being the last one left, and for his efforts, he got to have an impromptu amateur wrestling match with Kurt Angle, and that was what was supposed to happen. So I’m in the ring with Charles Robinson, Al Snow, who is the Tough Enough coach and leader. So they did their little thing and Kurt Angle made short work of Dan and that was done and over with and we thought the segment was done. Well, Kurt walks over and looks over at the rest of the guys down there [and asks does] anybody else want to challenge the Olympic gold medalist and Daniel Puder put his hand up.
So Kurt says ‘okay come in here, young man’, and I looked at Charles and he looked at me. Then I looked back I looked back Al, he looks at me and he gave me that look like ‘Kurt’s gonna do what Kurt’s gonna do like what am I supposed to do?’ So, they started and they went into it, and Gerald Brisco says, like, ‘Jimmy, what have you done?’ I’m like, don’t look at me I didn’t call this! So, I’m not an MMA expert, but I kind of got the feeling that once he got him in that that Kimura Lock I went, oh this is not good, because if Kurt can’t get out of this, he’d rather lose his arm. I’m looking at Al Snow and now he’s got this look on his face like, ‘Oh no’. So, in my mind, I’m thinking how do we get out of this without embarrassing your Olympic gold medalist? So when they fell down and Kurt landed on top. It was just an instinctive reaction, I said, ‘the heck with it I’m counting’, and I was gonna count three regardless. And you know, of course, looking back thinking it was an amateur contest I could have just did one. But I’m in a professional wrestling ring and that’s how my brain went. So I counted three despite the fact that Puder rolled his shoulder after two. I counted three, the match was over Kurt got face to face with him cut a promo on him in the ring which I can’t repeat here. I’ll give Puder credit because while he was getting chewed out he was going ‘yes sir, yes sir’. Then he [Angle] said get out of my ring and he got out and I didn’t know what to expect, walking to the back so I walked to the back and I didn’t want to be around. As I walked through the gorilla position I saw Gerry Brisco there and he didn’t say anything, he just looked at me and he just gave me a like a quiet little thumbs up”