Kurt Angle Didn’t Pursue MMA Career Due To Neck Injuries, Mick Foley On WWE NXT vs AEW

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WWE Hall Of Famer Kurt Angle is one of the very best to ever step foot in the ring and his career record shows just how much dedication and effort he had put in to establish himself as the legendary pro wrestler he is today, despite dealing with injuries, severe enough to end anyone’s career all of a sudden.

During a recent Q&A session on Facebook, The Olympic Gold Medallist revealed that his neck injuries were the main reason behind him not being able to pursue a career in MMA, or UFC to be exact.

“I was a light heavyweight, although I could have fought in the heavyweight class as well. I never had the chance to do MMA because I knew deep down, my neck injuries were too severe to compete in the octagon. I had lost a lot of strength in my arms due to my neck injury, that would have left me vulnerable for arm bars. It only got worse the 2nd time I broke my neck in 2003.”

Angle won the gold medal in amateur wrestling at the 1996 Olympic Games, despite competing in the tournament with a broken neck, and the rest, as we all know, is history.

Elsewhere, WWE is ready to lock horns with AEW in the upcoming Wednesday Night Wars.

Ahead of NXT’s move to USA Network and AEW’s debut on TNT, WWE Hall Of Famer Mick Foley was asked for his opinion on the battle between the two top promotions in the world today.

While speaking to SportingNews, Foley shared his two cents, highlighting the fact that this is indeed a great time for wrestling fans.

“I definitely think it will bring out the best in both sides,” Foley said. “It’s possible that the NXT show will be seen as the must-see show in the WWE lineup because of that head-to-head competition.”

“It’s vast. It really is. Ten years ago, the only show besides WWE was TNA. And now there are about eight or nine places to go that are all worth watching. They all have something to offer to all this great talent. It’s a great time to be a wrestling fan.”