Angle talks about his release
"My body is so beat up and run down, I can't even think straight," Kurt Angle tells WWE.com in an exclusive interview Saturday concerning his early release from his contract with World Wrestling Entertainment. Angle and WWE officials mutually agreed to end Angle's relationship with the company on Friday.
Angle says nearly 30 years of non-stop wrestling (between amateur wrestling, the Olympics and his WWE career) has taken a major toll on his body, his mind and his family. "I need my body to reheal and rehab, I have done this for too long without a break. I haven't been able to really enjoy my life. I haven't seen my family, I've had problems with medication - I'm just fried physically and mentally."
Angle's business manager David Hawk claims, "Kurt's in a tremendous amount of pain, he's used prescription medication to deal with it. Kurt has come to the conclusion that unless he can get in the ring without the use of pain medication then he doesn't need to be in there. He realizes he was just endangering himself and his opponents."
The last straw for Angle seems to have occurred on August 13th, 2006, at an ECW live event in White Plains, New York. Angle was wrestling Rob Van Dam in a match where both competitors were fueled by the passionate ECW fans. "The crowd was wild," Angle says. "Early on in the match, I pulled my groin, but I kept going, feeding off the crowd. Then I pulled my abdominal muscle off the pelvic bone, but I kept going as the crowd grew more wild. Finally, I blew out my hamstring, but we finished the match. The crowd stood and applauded - a standing ovation and that meant so much to me."
Ironically that would be Angle's last match.
WWE.com asked Angle if he would ever return to competition in WWE. Angle says "I can't tell you that right now, I need to heal up mentally and physically. Until then, I can't even think about returning."
But Angle says WWE Chairman Vince McMahon told him the door is always open. "Vince says when I'm ready, if I'm ever ready, to come back just sign on the dotted line. I'll tell you if I do return I'm going back to my roots, training on the mat like my amateur days. Longevity is the key."
Hawk seems confident Angle will be in the ring again someday.
Angle has a final message to his legion of WWE and ECW fans. "Don't be concerned, this move was for the best. It was a privilege to be able to compete for all of you. I'd like to say thank you."