Despite announcing that he was going to take some time off from pro wrestling after TNA's January tour of the UK, Kurt Angle has been a visible figure of late. He was prominently featured on Friday's Bellator 145 show, and has a Q&A planned in the UK.
Angle appeared on 105.7 The Point Friday afternoon to promote the big Bellator show, and opened up to radio hosts about what it was like working for Vince McMahon.
"It's tough. If you're going to be his guy, and I was for 4-5 years, he expects a lot out of you. That's the reason I left. We're talking over 300 days a year. He wanted me to continue to go full time and I couldn't. I literally broke my neck four times in a two and a half year span, and I just kept rushing back for him," Angle said.
The hosts brought up Seth Rollins' recent ACL and MCL injury, and asked if the WWE will pressure the former WWE World Heavyweight Champion to return early from injury.
"No, they will not. The WWE went public about 14 years ago, and started really implementing the Wellness Policy around 2006-2007, around the time that I left. They won't even let Seth Rollins step into a ring until he's 100 percent healthy. They won't even let him in there to drop the belt. I had a broken neck and I had to drop it to Brock Lesnar in a match at WrestleMania. That was okay back then. Today they wouldn't do it," Angle said.
Angle got a little confused during the interview, saying that he competed in an Iron Man Match at WrestleMania, which wasn't the case. He did say, however, that Vince McMahon didn't want Angle wrestling at that show.
"Vince didn't want me to wrestle at WrestleMania," Angle explained. "We knew I was going to have surgery, and were going to cancel the WrestleMania match and have a 30 second match on TV the week prior to drop the title to Brock Lesnar. I was over at my neighbor's house, and his child with down syndrome showed me the DirecTV magazine cover and was all excited to see me wrestle. I literally looked at him and started crying. I called Vince and said I'd do it. Back then it was fine. It won't happen anymore. I respect Vince for that."
You can listen to the full interview at this link.