taken from WWE.com
“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 seven years of non-stop wrestling 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.”
It's really sad to see him leave but he put off major neck surgery that he needed deciding to work through the injuries. He needs this he could well have killed himself rather then stop
Kurt angle was my favourite, he will be missed some of my favourite matches featured him,
Undertaker vs Angle No way out 2006
Benoit vs Angle Royal rumble 2003
Rock vs Angle No way out 2001
Rock vs Angle No mercy 2000 ( for him winning the title the match itself wasnt that great)
Benoit vs Angle Backlash 2001
Rock vs Undertaker vs Angle Vengeance 2002
Hogan vs Angle King of the ring 2002 ( he made Hogan tap , not a good match but still )
Guerrero vs Angle Wrestlemania XX
Mysterio and Edge vs Angle and Benoit No mercy 2002
Undertaker vs Angle survivor series 2000 ( i thought the ending was great)
some of my favourite kurt angle moments include; when he drenched the invasion ( wcw , ecw) with milk. the fake rock interview before their match at no mercy, out rapping john cena ( when cena still had the rapping gimmick)
I wish the best for Kurt in the future and I hope that we will see him again one day,
It's true its true!
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Who does everyone think is the worst wrestler around, in terms of putting together moves and generally screwing up? Basically, who has you screaming at your TV, in old-fashioned ECW style "you f***** up!"
My first nomination is Sabu: he constantly messes up, especially when using tables.
Second nomination is Kane, he just can't tombstone convincingly!
Oooh, another thought: what about Abyss? I've heard a lot of criticism that he's a Kane-meets-Mankind rip-off, what with the mask and being called "the monster"? I think he takes some amazing bumps and does some incredible stunts, and with a big guy who does stuff like that there's always going to be a temptation to promote him as a 'monster'-type character.
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