Kurt Angle Discusses Recovery From Recent Surgery And What’s Next

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Kurt Angle has given an update on how he’s doing after a recent surgery and what surgery he expects to have in the future.

The legendary WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle is considered by many fans to be one of the greatest pro wrestlers of all time because of how skilled he was in the ring and how entertaining he was when he wasn’t wrestling too.

Another thing that Angle is known for is pain tolerance. Anybody that watched Angle in WWE has heard him talk about winning a 1996 Olympic Gold Medal in freestyle wrestling with a “broken freakin’ neck.” Angle would go on to break that neck of his several more times in his pro wrestling career which lasted 20 years in WWE & TNA from 1999 to 2019.

Since retiring as a wrestler, the 54-year-old Angle keeps busy as a married father of five, a podcast host, he makes public appearances regularly and occasionally shows up on WWE TV sometimes too.

Kurt Angle has also had multiple surgeries since retiring to help improve his overall health. In 2022, Angle had double knee surgery and earlier this year he had back surgery as well.

During a new Q&A episode of the Kurt Angle Show podcast that’s also available at, Angle was asked about his recent back surgery, which led to the Hall of Famer saying he is training much earlier than he was told to start doing it.

“I hope my doctor is not listening to this (laughs). 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.”

As he continued, Kurt Angle talked about how he was able to manage the pain.

“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.”

Kurt Angle spoke about how he hasn’t been able to play with his kids as much as he’d like. With regard to his nagging neck issues, Angle said that he plans to have neck fusion surgery next year.

“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.

Good luck to Kurt Angle staying healthy and happy for many more years ahead. The fact that he needs so many surgeries after wrestling is a reminder of how tough of a business it is.

H/T Fightful