Kurt Angle has had the privilege of being inducted into both the WWE Hall of Fame and the TNA Hall of Fame, as well as being recognized as one of the most skilled fighters of any era. His career in the ring ended at WrestleMania 35, albeit in a different way than he would have imagined.
The former Olympic gold medalist dreamed of facing John Cena in his last match before retirement, but it was Baron Corbin's turn. The innumerable Hollywood engagements of the leader of the 'Cenation' prevented that project from materializing.
After hanging up his boots, Angle remained in WWE anyway, playing the role of producer backstage. On April 15, 2020, Kurt was fired along with other athletes to contain the effects of the global pandemic. During his illustrious pro-wrestling career, the 53-year-old from Mount Lebanon has had to deal with a host of injuries.
In the latest edition of his now-famous podcast, Angle revealed his current physical condition.
The problems of Kurt Angle
"I'm paying the price for 40 years of wrestling," admitted Kurt Angle. “My neck, back and knees are not in optimal condition.
I went to the doctor and he told me that an operation is needed on both knees. My back has also been bothering me a lot lately. I have broken my neck five times and will have to have fusion surgery soon. I can't imagine how much metal there will be in my body in a couple of years" - he joked.
The WWE Hall of Famer has had to live with injuries for about 20 years: "I don't even remember when was the last time I was free from pain. From 2001 onwards, I was constantly injured. Pain has accompanied me for almost my entire career ”.
Kurt Angle finally commented on Jeff Hardy's release: “I think I have to look in the mirror and study his next moves well. I think he needs help, but it all depends on him." In a recent Q&A session, Kurt Angle said McGuinness could've been a top star in WWE if he signed with them in his prime.
The Hall of Famer spoke proudly about his TNA matches with McGuinness and hoped they would've happened at WrestleMania: "Nigel was incredible. We had an awesome match...our three matches were unbelievable. It was one of my favorite programmes that I worked on in TNA or even WWE.
I wish my match with him would've been on the biggest stage at WrestleMania. That's how Nigel McGuinness was. I have a lot of respect for the kid and I think that his future if he didn't have that disease, he would've gone on to become WWE Champion."