WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle was recently a guest on the Chris Van Vliet show, where he discussed a variety of topics.
During the interview, Angle was asked if he’d ever consider returning to the ring. He responded by saying that his quality of life isn’t really good right now so he can’t think of that.
“I wish. You know what? My quality of life right now isn’t so good. I had my knees replaced about a year ago. I had back surgery about four months ago. I have to have my shoulder replaced. I still have another neck, the same surgery coming up. That will be my fourth neck surgery.
I really paid the price wrestling as long as I did. I wrestled amateur wrestling for 20 years and then pro for 20, and looking back, sometimes I regret, maybe I should have retired 5 years earlier because, you know, it comes to a point in time in your life where you’re older and you want to play with your kids and here I am having these surgeries.
I can’t really do anything with them. I can’t pick them up. I can’t play with them. I can’t run with them. So it’s a little disgruntling that I’m not able to be the father that I want to be.
What I’m doing now is I’m having knee surgeries to have a better quality of life so I can play with them and I just want to make it fast because these kids are growing up quickly and I don’t want to miss it.”
The Olympic Gold Medalist went on to say that he’s in pain every day.
“Every day, every day, my back, my shoulder. My knees are good. My knees feel great. They recovered really well. I’m 100% with my knees, but my neck and my back and my shoulder.
I have a lot of pain running all day long, all night. So it’s something I just have to deal with until I have these surgeries and until I recuperate.”
Angle retired at WrestleMania 35 in 2019 after losing to Baron Corbin.
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