One of the most brilliant and complete careers in WWE history, it certainly belongs to WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle, who won the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, who then jumped into the world of pro-wrestling almost for fun and instead became one of the most charismatic wrestlers and technically more formidable than the recent history of the McMahon company, so much so as to immediately earn the best of millions.
Despite the huge injuries that have always affected him in his career, such as a fracture in the neck just before his Olympic victory in the late 90s or yet another fracture in his neck, which came about while he was a part of the McMahon-owned wrestling rings, Angle's always managed to return to fight in the rings that matter, having a brilliant career both in the rings of the Stamford-based company, and on those of the TNA, of which he was several times world champion and where he had important feuds with characters today symbol of the WWE, such as Samoa Joe and AJ Styles.
Kurt Angle talks about his new neck problems
After returning to possession of his life, after a decade of excesses linked to the abuse of alcohol and painkillers, admitted by Kurt Angle himself in several interviews, in which the now former athlete was also arrested several times for driving under effect of alcohol, the WWE Hall of Famer would now still be in trouble, with back and neck pain that would have led the athlete to make more targeted checks and therefore to the certainty that a new operation is now needed.
As stated in the last episode of his famous Kurt Angle Show, in fact: "Well, my neck isn't in great shape. I have had a lot of motor problems in my hands and fingers from my neck. I have no feeling along my arms. I have had a lot of pain in my neck.
I've already had several merger operations for I believe, 15 years, and I may not be able to wait much longer to get another one. I've had a little operation lately just to fix a few little things so I can get back into the ring.
But the last time was in 2015. Soon I will probably have another one; I'll have to face it." On the latest episode of his podcast, The Kurt Angle Show, former WWE Superstar recalled how he almost quit wrestling to pursue a career as a professional football player in NFL.
Angle had lost confidence in his chances as an amateur wrestler and decided to try out for his hometown team, the Pittsburgh Steelers. "It was 1994 and I wasn't having really good luck in making the Olympic team and the World team.
So they have Olympic teams and World teams try outs, and the first two years in 1993 and 1994 I didn't make the team. I wasn't confident enough to beat the guy that was in front of me and I decided I was gonna quit wrestling and try out for pro football. I had someone contact the Steelers and they were open to having a try out with me."