Kurt Angle Says Vince McMahon Didn’t Want Him to Work WrestleMania 19
– 105.7 The Point recently interviewed TNA star Kurt Angle, who was promoting Bellator 145. Angle discussed what it was like to work for Vince McMahon.
Kurt Angle on McMahon expecting a lot from you: “It’s tough. If you’re going to be his guy, and I was for 4-5 years, he expects a lot out of you. That’s the reason I left. We’re talking over 300 days a year. He wanted me to continue to go full time and I couldn’t. I literally broke my neck four times in a two and a half year span, and I just kept rushing back for him.”
Angle on if he thinks WWE will pressure Rollins to return early: “No, they will not. The WWE went public about 14 years ago, and started really implementing the Wellness Policy around 2006-2007, around the time that I left. They won’t even let Seth Rollins step into a ring until he’s 100 percent healthy. They won’t even let him in there to drop the belt. I had a broken neck and I had to drop it to Brock Lesnar in a match at WrestleMania. That was okay back then. Today they wouldn’t do it.”
Angle on how McMahon didn’t want him to wrestle Lesnar at WrestleMania 19: “Vince didn’t want me to wrestle at WrestleMania. We knew I was going to have surgery, and were going to cancel the WrestleMania match and have a 30 second match on TV the week prior to drop the title to Brock Lesnar. I was over at my neighbor’s house, and his child with down syndrome showed me the DirecTV magazine cover and was all excited to see me wrestle. I literally looked at him and started crying. I called Vince and said I’d do it. Back then it was fine. It won’t happen anymore. I respect Vince for that.”