Kurt Angle recalls events leading upto WWE departure. The WWE Hall of Famer walked out of the promotion back in August 2006.
Kurt Angle is one of the most recognized WWE Superstars of all time. The Olympic Gold Medalist is also one of the promotion’s most decorated wrestlers. All the success however, came with a price. By mid 2006, his body had badly broken down and not long after he was filled with frustration and unhappiness with the WWE.
Speaking on the latest edition of ‘The Kurt Angle Show’ on AdFreeShows.com, the WWE hall of famer revealed that this caused his relationship with Vince McMahon to deteriorate. So much so, that it eventually led to his exit from the company.
Kurt Angle recalls events leading upto WWE departure
“I was in bad shape. I had a lot of injuries. At one particular time, I had the neck injury, the shoulder, the abdominal; I had a torn abdominal muscle, a groin muscle, a hamstring. This is all at the same time. I was in really bad shape. And the painkiller problem wasn’t getting any better. So, I was in a state of turmoil, and even my relationship with Vince started dwindling, and it was getting more erratic. I was, you know, calling him, leaving him messages with threats. Just, I felt out of control. I was at a bad point in my life.”
“I just couldn’t keep myself together, I mean. That’s the main reason I left WWE in 2006. I just couldn’t keep my body together. My hamstring, my groin, my abdominal, shoulder, neck, everything was just; I was falling apart.”
Kurt Angle finally got a hold of the WWE Chairman and it was then that he decided to quit the WWE
“I said it before, I started lashing out at Vince, and Vince was ignoring me. Which made me even more angrier. I would leave him threatening messages on his answer machine, on his cell phone. It just got so far out of control, you know, eventually, I had to go to Vince and say, listen, we need to have a talk.”
“And you know, we had a talk, and it was probably in June or July in 2006. I told him, you know, I just came from an event, and I went to a meeting, and I pulled my pants down; it was a production meeting, Vince was in the front, and everybody else was in the back. And I walked in between them, and I pulled my pants down to my ankles, and I showed Vince my groin, and it was all black and blue. I mean, my penis, everything was black, from the injury.
“It was an abdominal tear and a groin tear, and a hamstring tear. All three at the same time, and all the blood just rushed to my legs and my groin, and I said, ‘We need to talk’. And he said, ‘Well, let’s go to my office.’ I said, ‘No, I need to meet you up at the headquarters this week. So, I want you to set me up a flight and bring me up because we need to have a personal discussion of what’s going on. And so that’s when I decided that I’m most likely going to leave the company.”
Kurt eventually rejoined the WWE once again in 2017. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame that year followed by one last run with the promotion that came to an end in 2019.
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