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Kurt Angle Leaves World Wrestling Entertainment - Updated!
According to WWE.Com, Kurt Angle
has asked for an early release from his contract, due to "personal
issues". It may be something that we don't know about, but it may very
well be his decreasing physical condition, as he recently suffered a
groin tear during a match.
Of course, it's uncertain if and
when Angle would choose to return (if ever), but WWE seems at least
keen to "WWE looks forward to establishing a new relationship with Kurt
in the near future". As they should.
I don't care what anyone
says, if WWE doesn't pull their collective thumbs out of their
you-know-whats and puts together a damn fine DVD of this man's career
RIGHT NOW, I'd be appalled. Whether or not the career of Kurt Angle is
over doesn't matter, he deserves to be honored for his accomplishments.
News courtesy of WWE.Com:
Aug. 25, 2006
to personal issues, Kurt Angle has been granted an early release from
his contract. WWE looks forward to establishing a new relationship with
Kurt in the near future.
only Olympic gold medalist in WWE history, Kurt Angle arrived in 1999
and quickly became one of the most decorated champions in
sports-entertainment history. "The Wrestling Machine" is not only a
six-time World Champion, but also held the Intercontinental
Championship and WWE Tag Team Championship; he also won the 2000 King
of the Ring tournament. Recently joining ECW, Angle’s unmatched
intensity was rivaled only by his technical and athletic in-ring
The following has been posted on WWE.Com, with comments by Kurt Angle
as to why he chose to prematurely terminate his contract. Perhaps it
will give everyone a bit of more insight in the matter.
Hopefully, this is not the last we see of Angle in the WWE, but you never can tell.
News courtesy of WWE.Com:
"Angle talks about his release
By Michael Cole
August 26, 2006
“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 seven years of non-stop
wrestling 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.”
WWE.com will continue to follow up on Kurt Angle over the next several months."
2006-Aug-26 11:09 am by Mr Taco