WWE Legend Recalls How Vince McMahon Saved His Life

Published 10/04/2021, 8:15 AM EDT


Many believe that Vince McMahon doesn’t quite care about the pro-wrestlers working with WWE. That’s rather untrue. While he may not show it all the time, The Big Man cares about WWE employees in his own special way. Now, Kurt Angle has a story that shows how much Vince McMahon actually cares.

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During an interview where Kurt Angle was answering fan questions, he explained how it was Vince McMahon who made sure Angle remained clean even after his 2006 WWE release.

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“I really think that I wouldn’t have lasted much longer if I didn’t leave in 2006. I honestly believe that Vince felt that too. They didn’t want to release me when I asked for it but I do understand that Vince felt that was his responsibility, his mess and he wanted to clean his mess up.”

“He wanted to make sure I was okay, so he always had people on me. That’s why he had me drug tested all the time. That’s why Dr. Black hit me for the drug test. Vince was showing me that he cared about me, wanted to make sure I stay clean.”

Over the years, Kurt Angle overcame his issues with the help of rehabilitation.

Kurt Angle began using strong medication following injuries

The Olympic Gold Medalist fractured two cervical vertebrae during the national trials for the Atlanta Games. To recover from that injury, he required Novocaine injections.

Following this, he had surgery in 2003 but had to step out again in 2004. Finally, he left WWE in 2006 and joined TNA, but his health spiraled out of control at that point.

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Finally, he sought professional help to revive his health back to normal. However, he had done quite a bit by himself in the recovery journey.

“I was on a lot — there was no way I couldn’t get out of it.The only thing I could do was eventually go to rehab and try to fix my life again. But I actually beat it on my own. I stayed in my house for about 10 days and didn’t leave, and I was able to get through the withdrawal.” H/t ESPN

31 Jul 1996: Kurt Angle of the United States holds the American flag at the free-style wrestling competition during the Summer Olympics at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

Currently, Angle is enjoying a ring-free life but he could potentially come back, if WWE ever asked him to. But, he has one condition!

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Shuvangi Sen Chaudhury

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Shuvangi is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. She has over 1000 published WWE articles and also has experience in content operations with Forbes. Having completed her undergraduation from Royal Holloway, University of London, Shuvangi is closely aligned to the fitness industry, having amateur skills levels in tennis and basketball while rowing at a regatta level.

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