Kurt Angle Reveals How A Hair Transplant Derailed An Ex-WWE Star’s Career
Kurt Angle made his WWE debut at Survivor Series 1999 when he took on Shawn Stasiak – someone that Angle notes had a hair transplant work against them.
Speaking on The Kurt Angle Show, the Olympic gold medallist recalled his Survivor Series 1999 debut against Shawn Stasiak and noted that the timing of a hair transplant may have affected Stasiak’s career:
“I want to tell you a story about Shawn. This also affected his career, and I hate to say this, but I have to let the cat out of the bag. Shawn was losing his hair just like I was.
“He decided to get a hair replacement surgery and it was a week before he was called up. He called the WWE and said, ‘Hey, I can’t be called up right now. I’m getting my hair done’, and they’re like, ‘Oh, okay. All right. We’ll take care of you then.’
“He didn’t lose his confidence because of that, but I think that painted him in a corner where, okay, this guy’s not going to be a team player. They were like, ‘We want you to debut right now’, and he’s like, ‘I can’t. I have to wait about two months.’ I was like, ‘Okay, you can wait two months. Let’s see what happens then.’ When I look at it, I just wonder if that might have affected his career a little bit.”
Stasiak was fired by WWE a little over a month after his match with Angle after he was caught recording conversations in the locker room between his colleagues. Stasiak resurfaced in WCW before rejoining WWE for a spell after that promotion’s demise in 2001.