Kurt Angle provides an update on his health and says neck fusion surgery is in his future.
Kurt Angle famously won an Olympic gold medal in 1996 with a broken freakin' neck. Throughout his career as a professional wrestler, Angle would injure his neck several more times and undergo numerous surgeries.
Most recently, Kurt Angle underwent back surgery to alleviate pain running down his leg. On the latest episode of The Kurt Angle Show podcast, Angle provided an update on his health and insight into when he might be going under the knife again.
"I hope my doctor is not listening to this," Kurt joked. "The day I got out of the hospital after my surgery, I when and worked out. I was supposed to take six weeks off, but I never stopped working out. I worked out the day of my surgery, the day after that, and the day after that. What I did is, I did a lot of stuff sitting so I wouldn't affect my back, because they told me I couldn't carry more than five pounds. Now, I was lifting more than five pounds, and I think that I probably didn't listen to them in that aspect, but I wasn't literally carrying it while I was walking. I was sitting while I was lifting. So I did leg presses sitting down. I did my bench press sitting down. I did my military press sitting down. Everything I did was sitting down, so I took care of my back, but I didn't want to miss my workouts."
Overall, Angle says that he feels satisfied with the surgery despite the pain in his back. As Kurt says, at least this pain is manageable.
"I'm good, not too bad. I still have pain in my lower back, but I don't have pain running down my legs anymore. They kicked that, but the pain in my back is still there. It's unfortunate, but I can deal with this. I couldn't deal with the pain going down my legs. So, I'm happy with the surgery," said Kurt.
Still, Angle says he hasn't been able to play with his kids the way he wants due to all of the surgeries he's been undergoing. However, Kurt is eyeing one more surgery, fusion surgery for his neck. The former WWE Champion says that surgery will likely occur sometime in 2024.
"The crazy thing is I haven't been able to really play with them the way I want to because I had my knees replaced and my back surgery. Before that, it was all bothering me. I was really messed up. My neck is messed up. Next is my neck surgery. I'm probably going to have fusion next year. Hopefully, that'll help my body, and eventually, I'll be able to play with my kids. My knees -- I've been able to come out of that pretty good. So once my back heals, I'll start being able to play with my kids, throw them around the pool, carry them on my back, doing that kind of stuff. I want to be like a real father to my kids," Angle said.
While there was no talk about him healing up to return to the ring, Angle has stated recently that he would be open to competing in cinematic matches now and again. Read his comments here.
Tony Khan once approached Kurt Angle about wrestling in AEW. Fans can read the astronomical price tag Kurt put on himself during those discussions at this link.
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