Professional wrestling has taken a serious toll on Kurt Angle's body.
We knew this already, of course. The former WWE and TNA Champion's history of broken freakin' necks and other injuries is hardly a secret. Regardless, listening to the 52-year-old outlining the reality of his day-to-day life in a recent Q&A session for AdFreeShows.com was harrowing.
Angle spoke on being "in extreme pain all day long," then went into detail on the 2-3 hour routine he goes through just to maintain his condition every day (h/t Figure Four Online for the transcription):-
“I’m in extreme pain all day long. I do maintenance on my body all day, I do my neck traction. I have a thing called the iron neck. I have anti-gravity machine rollers. I stretch, I do a lot of weight training, I work on my body 2-3 hours a day. I have to. I’m so banged up now, I sacrificed a lot of my body in professional wrestling and amateur wrestling. I have to blame both sports, not just one. I’m paying for it now, but I’m managing it.”
Kurt's last bout was at WrestleMania 35 in April 2019, when he lost a billed "Farewell Match" to Baron Corbin. Let go from his role as a WWE producer in April 2020, Kurt was offered the chance to come back to the company as Riddle's manager, which he turned down in favour of working on his own company, BarnDad Innovative Nutrition.
Angle left the wrestling business with a laundry list of serious injuries, the most famous of which was a broken neck suffered prior to the 1996 Olympic Games.