Kurt Angle was one of the best pro wrestlers to ever lock up in the squared circle. His abilities in the ring were sadly hampered for years, due to addiction, but he is clean now and able to think back over those years in reflection.
Kurt Angle famously left WWE in 2006. This was a very messy situation, and it also included some threats to Vince McMahon himself.
While speaking to Inside The Ropes, Kurt Angle remembered that time in his career. He was placed in ECW after a World Title run in WWE, and he was set to be the face of ECW, something Angle thought was a promotion.
Kurt Angle broke his neck four times in 2 1/2 years, and he was having a hard time with painkillers. Then Vince McMahon pulled him aside and told him about his plan for ECW.
Vince McMahon then told Kurt Angle that he would work smaller arenas and make less money in ECW, but he would take care of him on the backend, which he did. Still, Kurt Angle felt “scolded” and that was “the straw that broke the camel’s back.”
Kurt Angle couldn’t get a part-time contract with WWE, and he was frustrated. He was working hard, and felt slighted. He was also injured, and working through it.
Angle explained that Vince McMahon was in the middle of a production meeting, writers, producers, and agents were there. Kurt Angle “knew” he was going to quit. He tore his hamstring, groin, and ab muscle the previous night, “it was so bad that my balls were black, and my d*ck, all the way down.”
Then Kurt Angle walked into the meeting and pulled down his pants to expose everything to Vince McMahon. “I said, ‘how about this, Vince?’ It was crazy, because all of the producers were behind me like ‘I’m staring at Kurt Angle’s ass!’ Then I said, ‘Vince, I wanna talk to you in your office.'”
Kurt Angle then flew to Vince McMahon’s office, and “he shows me three 3 pages of typed text messages that I sent him, and he lays them out, like ‘Vince I’m gonna beat the sh*t out of you when I see you.’ I’m looking down at these pages and I don’t remember texting them to him, because I was on painkillers, and I was high, and I was texting while I was high.”
Then Vince McMahon jumped up and yelled, “You wanna beat my ass?! Let’s go right now!” Kurt Angle didn’t fight Vince, and he left the office at WWE HQ crying. Angle then returned, still in tears, and said, “Vince, I can’t it it anymore. Vince if you don’t let me go, I’m afraid I’m gonna kill myself, and I didn’t mean ‘kill myself,’ I meant accidentally kill myself with the painkillers.”
Vince McMahon released Kurt Angle at that time, and told him to take a break. Vince said that he would give Angle the same contract in 6 months if he returned so, “I left and went straight to TNA, it was the only option for me.”
Kurt Angle couldn’t do WWE’s rigorous road schedule anymore. The painkillers he took to sustain that work could have cost him his life, and he realized that. After that, Kurt Angle found a home in TNA that would give him a much better schedule.
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