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Kurt Angle Says Vince McMahon Didn’t Want Him to Work WrestleMania 19

November 8, 2015 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris

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.”