While Kurt Angle is regarded as one of the greatest in-ring performers of all-time, those incredible performances came at a very real cost.
Angle had already suffered a broken neck before even arriving in WWE, and his neck issues continued for his entire career. This included multiple breaks, and wrestling injured. His physical style also did a great deal of damage to knees, leaving him unable to fully extend his legs.
In a bid to improve his quality of life, Angle underwent double knee replacement surgery in May 2022.
“My Knees Are Still Healing” – Kurt Angle
Speaking on a recent episode of his podcast, The Kurt Angle Show, the WWE Hall of Famer gave fans an update on his recovery. Angle explained that while he still has some days that are rougher than others, he’s stronger now than he was pre-surgery.
I’m getting there, I have some good days and bad days but for the most part it’s pretty good. I’m stronger now than I was before the surgery, my legs made it back, and my knees are still healing though. I’m actually taller, my knees were bent naturally from damaging my knees, I looked like an old man walking.”
In recent months Kurt Angle has also hinted that he could be tempted to return to the ring for one last match when he has recovered from surgery. In August, Angle stated that the thought of a comeback had crossed his mind, although on other occasions he has said that he can no longer wrestle.
Elsewhere on the podcast, Angle revealed that he had received an offer from Tony Khan to wrestle in AEW shortly after he retired at WrestleMania 35. However, Angle told the AEW President that for ten matches he would need to be paid $3 million which works out at $300,000 per-match.
Despite the interest from AEW, and hints that he may return, Kurt Angle hasn’t wrestled since losing to Baron Corbin at WrestleMania 35 in 2019.
H/t to Wrestling Inc