Kurt Angle on being banned from using a dangerous move

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Kurt Angle on being banned from using a dangerous move

In the episode of Raw on March 25, Kurt Angle defeated United States Champion Samoa Joe (belonging to the SmackDown roster) in an untitled match. In the episode of SmackDown on March 26, Angle appeared to challenge AJ Styles but was defeated by them through disqualification due to Randy Orton's intervention against Styles.

On April 7, at WrestleMania 35, Angle was defeated by Baron Corbin in his retirement match. The following evening, on Raw, the Olympic hero celebrates his retirement from wrestled wrestling by performing his Angle Slam against Corbin himself but is subsequently brutally attacked by Lars Sullivan, who made his debut on the main roster.

Despite the retirement, Angle still remained in WWE in the role of producer. On April 15, 2020, however, Angle was fired along with other athletes and backstage members due to economic causes related to COVID-19. In the May 27 episode of NXT, Angle made an appearance as a special referee in the Fight Pit match between Matt Riddle and Timothy Thatcher which the latter won.

On the May 29 episode of SmackDown, Angle appeared backstage to promote Matt Riddle's upcoming debut.

Kurt Angle on being banned from using a dangerous move

During a special 'Ask Kurt Anything' session, Kurt Angle opened up about being involved in piledrivers despite his neck injuries.

Kurt Angle was dropped on his neck by a piledriver from Stone Cold Steve Austin during their match at Unforgiven 2001. The decision to have Angle take the piledriver raised a few eyebrows as the former WWE champion had a well-documented history of dealing with neck injuries, right from his days as an amateur wrestler.

"No, you don't want to sign up for it. You know what? I trusted Austin. I have only done it twice in my career. I was always told not to do it. I wasn't allowed to do it, but Austin talked me into it, and I trusted him because he is a really safe worker.

But I did take it with him, but Austin doesn't jump in the air when he does it," explained Angle. "So, the impact, you know, he just goes from his feet and sits down. So, it's less impact. He kept his knees bent, so my head wouldn't hit the ground, and I did it with Eric Young in TNA once too, but I trusted those guys wholeheartedly, but that's one thing that's I'm not supposed to take because of my neck injuries," added Angle.