In a revealing conversation on Episode 2036 of the Joe Rogan Experience, Kurt Angle laid bare the enduring consequences of his career in professional wrestling and WWE.
He disclosed the harrowing reality of having broken his neck not once, but four additional times in the demanding world of WWE, a journey that began with his initial neck injury during the 1996 Olympic trials for wrestling.
The WWE Hall of Famer delved into the current state of his upper body, wrought with the aftermath of these debilitating injuries. Angle candidly shared, “I have nerve damage in my neck I lost three inches in my arm that they atrophied because my neck was just so messed up”
Furthermore, Kurt Angle recounted his futile trip to Colombia in pursuit of stem cell treatment for his neck, lamenting that the level of damage already inflicted proved insurmountable for the therapy.
The toll on Angle’s physical well-being extended to his extremities, as he disclosed, “I can’t feel my pinky fingers. I have a lot of atrophy in my arms I don’t have a lot of strength. I can curl like 20-pound dumbbells. When I do triceps I can only push the weights about 60 pounds forward I don’t have a lot of strength in my upper body.”
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Presently, Angle is actively seeking remedies to rectify the extensive damage. He has a scheduled appointment with a doctor in New York in the forthcoming weeks.
This poignant journey reflects the indomitable spirit of a man who etched his name in the history books by securing a Gold Medal in the 1996 Olympics despite wrestling with a broken neck, an indomitable feat that ultimately left him grappling with irrevocable damage.
Kurt Angle defeated Brock Lesnar in a shoot wrestling match back in 2002
Kurt Angle recently engaged in an interview with Sports Illustrated, where he divulged a captivating tale of his victory over fellow WWE icon Brock Lesnar in an intense shoot wrestling encounter.
Angle talked about how back in 2002 before a WWE show he wrestled and beat Lesnar with techniques taught by former Olympic and World champion freestyle wrestler, David Schultz.
Angle emphasized that the match was no cakewalk; it was fiercely contested, with neither competitor asserting outright dominance. Nevertheless, Angle emerged triumphant. The match was set up when Angle heard Lesnar claiming that he could beat Kurt Angle’s a**.
It’s worth noting that Lesnar himself boasts a background in amateur wrestling, amassing an impressive 106–5 record during his four years in college. Despite this, he found himself unable to gain the upper hand over the Olympic gold medalist, Angle, even though Angle was nine years his senior.