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Kurt Angle: ‘I’m in extreme pain all day long’

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While fielding questions on The Kurt Angle Show on AdFreeShows.com, Kurt Angle responded to a question about how his body is holding up. This is what he said, courtesy of the transcription from WrestlingNews.co:

I’m in extreme pain all day long. I do maintenance on my body all day. I do my neck traction. I have a thing called the Iron Neck, where it trains your neck. I have anti-gravity machine rollers. I stretch. I do a lot of weight training. I work on my body a good 2-3 hours a day. I have to. I’m so banged up now. I sacrificed a lot of my body in professional wrestling, and amateur wrestling. I have to blame both sports, not just one. I’m paying for it now, but I’m managing it. I had a painkiller problem, and I kicked that eight years ago. Not having painkillers anymore is really difficult, but I’m never going back to those, nor do I want to. I’m going to keep doing my body maintenance training, and doing what I’m doing right now.

Kurt Angle retired from pro wrestling at WrestleMania 35 in 2019 with a loss to Baron Corbin. One of the reasons why he retired is because he could no longer perform at the extremely high standard that he set for himself. He’s paying the price for all those bumps he took inside a wrestling ring, but it’s at least encouraging to hear that he has a reliable maintenance routine in place that does not depend on painkillers.