In a candid conversation during Episode 2036 of the Joe Rogan Experience, Kurt Angle bared his soul about the enduring consequences of his iconic career in professional wrestling and WWE.
Angle revealed the harrowing truth of not just one, but four additional times he broke his neck in the realm of WWE. This turbulent journey commenced with his initial neck injury during the 1996 Olympic trials for wrestling.
The WWE Hall of Famer bravely delved into the current state of his upper body, marked by the aftermath of these debilitating injuries. Angle shared, “I have nerve damage in my neck I lost three inches in my arm that they atrophied because my neck was just so messed up.”
Kurt Angle also described his fruitless journey to Colombia for stem cell treatment for his neck, regretting that the degree of damage previously sustained made the procedure impossible.
Angle said that his extremities were also affected, saying: “I can’t feel my pinky fingers. I have a lot of atrophy in my arms I don’t have a lot of strength. I can curl like 20-pound dumbbells. When I do triceps I can only push the weights about 60 pounds forward I don’t have a lot of strength in my upper body.”
Presently, Angle is actively seeking remedies to rectify the extensive damage. He has a scheduled appointment with a doctor in New York in the forthcoming weeks.
This moving journey is a reflection of the unbreakable character of a man who won a gold medal at the 1996 Olympics while competing a broken neck, an unbreakable accomplishment that finally left him fighting irreparable harm.
In a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, Kurt Angle related a compelling story about defeating fellow WWE legend Brock Lesnar in an intense shoot wrestling encounter.
Angle recalled how former Olympic and World champion freestyle wrestler David Schultz had taught him the moves he used to defeat Lesnar in a match that took place back in 2002 before a WWE performance.