Kurt Angle has spoken candidly about his faltering relationship with WWE Chairman Vince McMahon ahead of Angle’s departure from the company in 2006.
Speaking on The Kurt Angle Show [available at AdFreeShows.com] the Olympic gold medallist spoke openly about how badly his relationship with McMahon had deteriorated with his co-host, Conrad Thompson.
“Well up until 2006 we were pretty close but my behaviour became erratic. I started behaving out of control, sending Vince text messages threatening to beat him up. I mean, it was crazy. You know, I had the painkiller problem that nobody knew about. I was injured so much and I couldn’t take any time off because a lot of the other talent were injured, a lot of the top guys. So I was kinda there to keep the product intact and mentally I was losing it. I was texting Vince more and more. He wouldn’t respond so that would p*ss me off even more. After I joined ECW it got even worse.”
Thompson then asked Angle what would possess him to threaten to beat up the Chairman of the company:
“He wouldn’t get back to me. I understand why now. I wasn’t making any sense. When I went to a meeting with Vince when I decided to leave after ECW in 2006, he had a whole list of text messages, and I’m sitting reading them thinking ‘gosh, I don’t remember texting this.’ It was really graphic, ‘I’m gonna beat the sh*t out of you’ and some of the texts didn’t make sense. I was probably high on painkillers when I was sending them. It was just ridiculous. I was in awe looking at them thinking ‘holy crap, I don’t remember saying any of this stuff. It was just a bad situation.”
Kurt Angle ultimately left WWE in August 2006, going on to have a decade stay in TNA. Angle has also recently picked a dream opponent from the original ECW that he never got to lock up with in the ring.