Kurt Angle Interview “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 nearly 30 years of non-stop wrestling (between amateur wrestling, the Olympics and his WWE career) 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.” Kurt Angle's Accomplishments Amateur wrestling * Pennsylvania State Wrestling Champion (1987) * Clarion University Freshman of the Year (1988) * 2-time NCAA Champion (1990, 1992) * Espoir World Cup second Place (1989) * Yasar Dogu Tournament second Place (1989) * Canadian Cup Championship Winner (1990) * World Championship Winner (1995) * National Amateur Wrestling Hall of Fame (2001) * Named "Greatest Shoot Wrestler Of All-Time" by USA Wrestling * Inducted in the USA Wrestling Hall of Fame Olympic Games * 1996 Summer Olympic Games Gold medalist in freestyle wrestling, on Heavyweight class. ________________________________________________________________ World Wrestling Federation / Entertainment * 4-time WWF/E Champion * 1-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion * 1-time World Heavyweight Champion * 1-time WWF Intercontinental Champion * 1-time WCW United States Champion * 1-time WWF European Champion * 1-time WWE Tag Team Champion (with Chris Benoit) * 1-time WWF Hardcore Champion * 2000 King of the Ring * Angle is the only wrestler to have won the WWF/E Championship, the WCW World Championship, and the World Heavyweight Championship. ________________________________________________________________ Pro Wrestling Illustrated * PWI Feud of the Year, versus Triple H (2000) * PWI Most Hated Wrestler (2000) * PWI Rookie of the Year (2000) * PWI Most Inspirational Wrestler (2001) * PWI Comeback of the Year (2003) * PWI Feud of the Year, versus Brock Lesnar (2003) * PWI Match of the Year, versus Brock Lesnar (2003) * PWI Most Popular Wrestler (2003) * PWI Wrestler of the Year (2003) * PWI Match of the Year, versus Shawn Michaels (2005) * PWI ranked him #1 in the 2001 PWI 500 * Angle holds the record for most PWI Achievement Awards in a single year (five in 2003) _______________________________________________________________ Wrestling Observer Newsletter * Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Famer (inducted in 2004) * 2000 Most Improved Wrestler * 2001 Most Outstanding Wrestler * 2002 Wrestler of the Year * 2002 Most Outstanding Wrestler * 2002 Best Interviews * 2002 Best Technical Wrestler * 2002 Match of the Year (with Chris Benoit, versus Edge and Rey Mysterio) * 2003 Most Outstanding Wrestler * 2003 Feud of the Year (versus Brock Lesnar) _______________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________ Kurt Angle is the best wrestler overall who ever lived. He is a favorite to many and I believe we have not seen the last of him but he is a true american hero. I am not sure if wrestling will be the same without him. He is a wrestling god, he is the best there is, the best there was, and the best there will ever be. He is the Icon, the Game, and the imortal one. I will never forget all the memorys Kust Angle has given us all. -Omega Does anyone have anything else to say about Kurt Angle? What did he mean to you?