“Everything Went Downhill” – Kurt Angle Details the Biggest Regret of His WWE Career

Published 10/25/2021, 9:30 AM EDT


WWE has always attracted the biggest personalities. In this process, many Olympians have been a part of the show, either as a wrestler or for a guest appearance. Kurt Angle was one of them. He is a gold medalist in 100kg freestyle wrestling at Olympics, Atlanta 1996. Angle had a very successful WWE career and was also the poster boy of the industry.

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Angle enjoyed immense support from the WWE Universe. He had many rivals throughout his career. Angle dominated The Rock, Edge, Cena, and many other superstars during his reign. In a recent interview, he was asked about the biggest regret he had in his wrestling career. Let’s find out what he said.

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Kurt Angle details what derailed his WWE career

During an episode of The Kurt Angle Show, the 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist shared the moment of his WWE career that he regrets the most. On this, Angle instantly responded, “My biggest regret was breaking my neck and everything went downhill from there.”

He continued, “My whole career, uh my painkiller problem, got worse, and it actually started with my neck being broken in 2003 and I just wished it would have never happened. I would have had a nice successful career, drug free and would have been delated about it. So that is my biggest regret and probably one and only.”

Angle shared the time when he faced a severe neck injury as the worst part of his life. He fractured two vertebrae, herniated two discs, and pulled four muscles in his neck. He faced this injury during his Olympic trials in 1996, which concluded his wrestling career. Angle still won gold even after such an injury.

Angle’s career after breaking his neck for the first time in 1996

Concluding his amateur wrestling career was an emotional decision as Angle was in his prime and wanted to continue to achieve more. Angle enjoyed an impressive WWE career. But, he was also plagued with injuries.

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After a lot of friction backstage, he parted ways with WWE. However, he did not leave the wrestling business as he soon made his debut for TNA.

Kurt Angle enjoyed an even longer career in TNA (now Impact Wrestling), but eventually returned to WWE after eleven long years. Angle was inducted into the 2017 WWE Hall of Fame, after which he worked as the General Manager of Raw for a year. Not to forget, his two WrestleMania matches upon return.

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The ‘Olympic Hero’ was undoubtedly the greatest ever to lace up a pair of wrestling boots. If only he had no neck issues, we’re sure his career trajectory and longevity would’ve been different. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below!

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Varun Aggarwal

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Varun is a WWE and AEW writer at EssentiallySports. Varun completed his Bachelors in Computer Science and is an ardent fan of Wrestling and motorsports. Varun has been following WWE for more than 15 years and his favorite wrestler is John Cena.

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