Kurt Angle famously won an Olympic Gold Medal with a broken freaking neck. He needs another neck surgery right now, but he’s putting it off.
During The Kurt Angle Show, the WWE Hall of Famer revealed that he needs another neck surgery. He talked about his history of neck injuries in WWE for a bit, and then he revealed that someday he’ll have to go in for “a big surgery.”
“Dr. Youngblood did tell me he would have to fuse more than two (vertebrae). He didn’t say four, but I was guessing three. I knew if I did that, I wouldn’t be able to wrestle anymore. So, it’s crazy how God works in crazy ways. When I got home, another doctor called me and gave me an option. It was a tough decision because Dr. Youngblood was so reputable. He did help Rhyno and Edge and Austin, but to have to retire in the prime of my career, I just wasn’t ready for that. So I made the choice to have the minimal surgery and continue to wrestle. I’m not going to lie to you. I’m suffering now for it. My neck, I feel it every day. I ended up having two more surgeries after that on my neck.”
“They were repair surgeries just to fix it up. Those are all temporary surgeries. Someday I’m going to have to have a big surgery. I’m trying to hold off as long as I can. When I do, I will be out of commission for a year and I would have to have the big halo on my neck for three months or four months. Definitely not during the pandemic I wasn’t going to do anything, especially with my kids being at home and I have to take care of them and watch them and oversee everything. For me to be laid up in a bed for four months or six months is not going to work.”
“I do my daily maintenance every day for my neck and my back and my knees and all that stuff. I continue to do it. It gets me through the day, so I’m ok with it right now.”
Kurt Angle is in fantastic shape right now, and working hard to maintain his neck strength certainly helps. One day he will have to get that neck surgery, but hopefully that will be a long time from now.
Thanks to Wrestling News for the quote