During the latest episode of his podcast, WWE Hall Of Famer Kurt Angle talked about suffering concussions and dealing with brain damage now.
Below are the highlights:
I would say I probably had 4 concussions that I know of, major. One was a slight concussion that wasn’t too bad. The other 3 were pretty bad.
But, you know, even to this day, I’m starting to not remember things, you know, and I’m only in my early 50s.
But, I’ve gotten a little damage to my brain, there’s no doubt about it. You know, my memory is not that great anymore. I really have to think hard about remembering the past.
On earning Vince McMahon’s respect
They kept (plans about me winning the WWF Championship) quiet until after I wrestled Triple H. I believe they told me two weeks prior to No Mercy, which would have been two weeks after the match I had with Triple H, but I was surprised.
I mean, literally, I wasn’t winning any matches in 5 months and all of a sudden, they’re gonna give me the (WWF) Title. What Vince McMahon told me was, it wasn’t just about me elevating myself through the company that year, it was the fact that I came back with a concussion and wrestled at SummerSlam against Triple H and The Rock. Vince really gave me a lot of respect for that.
He wanted to repay me for coming back and finishing that match when I shouldn’t have finished it. So he was telling me, like, listen, I have a real player now.
I know I can depend on this guy because he literally got a concussion and he still wrestled with it. So I’m going to put the Title on this kid because I believe in him.