On this week’s “Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling” podcast, Kurt Angle discussed his knee replacement surgery, his thoughts on Flair’s return to the ring, how he felt about his latest race and his relationship with Vince McMahon.
Kurt Angle was asked if he had knee replacement surgery to try and get back in the ring:
“No, my knees were hit. I had to have them done. I had no choice. I’m not going to mess up those knees,” Angle said.
“I’m not going to try. I’m just trying to have a better quality of life. I’m not trying to get back in the ring. I just want to feel better about my body.
Thoughts on Ric Flair’s return to the ring:
“I think it’s great. I think if he’s going to do it, I don’t know who’s going to fight. I was told maybe Ricky Morton, or maybe even Jay Lethal, but I think Ric needs to go with a younger wrestler, someone who can carry him a little better. If he goes with an older wrestler, it will look a bit like two old men wrestling. I think Ric needs younger talent if he wants to play a great game.
Angle was asked if he was happy with his last race to end his career:
“No, not at all. I went back to WWE. It wasn’t a big welcome home. It was more of a ‘We’ll show you what you did when you left us.’ had no hard feelings about it, but Vince McMahon just had no plan for me.
“I was doing more jobs than I was earning. I don’t blame him for that. I left the company high and dry in 2006, and coming back, I think he felt that I was a bit of a liability because of my broken necks. I had four broken necks in WWE in the 2000s I also had a painkiller problem which I got out of but I think he thought I was a bit of a liability so he didn’t want not use me as he should have.
On her relationship with Vince McMahon today:
“I have a great relationship with Vince. I did when I started. It got a bit shady after I left. I was quite bitter about what happened with my injuries and the painkiller issue. There was a lot going on at that time,” Angle said.
“I stopped contact with Vince when I went to TNA. But when WWE called me back after I retired, we stopped where we started. Basically, we got close again. He always been a father figure to me, and he still was when I came back to WWE.
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