Kurt Angle suffered a severe neck injury while competing in the 1996 Olympic Trials, fracturing two of his cervical vertebrae, herniating two discs, and pulling four muscles. He still won two gold medals with a “broken freaking neck,” and made history. Sadly, his pro wrestling journey was also full of tribulations.
Angle’s injuries were piling up by 2015, and the damage to his body was forcing him to consider retiring from wrestling. However, Kurt Angle won the TNA World Championship from Bobby Lashley during a tour of the United Kingdom. Angle now believes that “The All Mighty” saved his pro wrestling career.
Kurt Angle recently discussed this on the most recent Q&A episode of The Kurt Angle Show. “That title win was one of my top five moments and I’ll tell you why,” Kurt said.
I was in my late 40s and I didn’t know if I was still in my prime. This match was a great test for me. Bobby Lashley was in his prime, I’m near the end of my career, I’m wrestling for the World Title, and I beat him. We had a great match. It gave me the confidence to continue to move on. Because at this point in time, I was actually considering retirement. But after beating Bobby and having that great match with him, I knew I wasn’t done wrestling. So that match had a huge impact on my career and it’s one of my top five moments.
Kurt Angle would wrestle sporadically for the next four years until retiring following a loss to Baron Corbin at WrestleMania 35. Bobby Lashley is still wrestler today and will face one of Kurt Angle’s greatest opponents, Brock Lesnar, at WWE Crown Jewel 2022 on Saturday, November 5th.
Kurt Angle also disclosed how much he told Tony Khan that he would have to repay in order to hold 10 matches under the AEW umbrella. Let’s see what else his wrestling career has in store. To get the latest updates, keep an eye on Ringside News.
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