Kurt Angle is unanimously recognized as one of the greatest performers of all time. After taking Olympic gold in Atlanta in 1996, Angle also tried to break through in wrestling and was fully successful. The 53-year-old from Mount Lebanon is the only athlete in history to have captured the WWE Championship, the heavyweight title, the WCW World Heavyweight Championship, the TNA World Heavyweight Championship and the IWGP Third Belt Championship.
Kurt was inducted into both the IMPACT Hall of Fame and the WWE Hall of Fame, further testifying to the enormous impact he has had on this business. His career ended a little melancholy at WrestleMania 35, after being defeated by Baron Corbin in his last match.
It's no secret that Angle wanted to face John Cena before retiring, but his dream didn't materialize. In a recent interview with FOX News, the former WWE Champion talked about his addiction to painkillers and how he managed to get out of it.
Kurt Angle is a former World Champion
“The question was very simple: my wife would have left me if I hadn't gone to rehab,” said Kurt Angle. “She is everything to me, as are my children. Knowing that I could lose them to my demons, I realized that it was crucial to resolve my addiction to painkillers.
Staying clean and sharing good times with my family was all I wanted” - he added. It was not easy for the WWE Hall of Famer to admit that they had a problem: “I started using heavy painkillers after Brock Lesnar broke my neck in 2003.
Over time I started to love them because they were able to mitigate the pain. my pain. At first, I took a couple of tablets, then I went to four, from four to eight, from eight to sixteen and so on. I think I got to take 65 Vicodin tablets a day before I realized I had a problem.
I dug a pit and it was not easy to find out”. WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle was a recent guest on Talk is Jericho to discuss a variety of topics. "Well, I had some good doctors [laughs]," Kurt Angle began. "What happened was I broke my neck at the Olympic trials, and I didn't know it was broken, so I continued through the trials, and I made the Olympic team, and I went back to my hometown, and I went and got X rays and found out my neck was broken four different vertebrae, and I had two discs that are sticking directly into my spinal cord which could (lead to) paralysis. So the doctor said, 'You're done. You can't wrestle,' and I said, 'I have to.' "