On this week’s edition of Impact Wrestling, five-time TNA World Heavyweight Champion Kurt Angle was shown recording a short video message for his fans, thanking them for their support during his recuperation from knee surgery.
The Olympic Gold Medallist and TNA Hall of Famer, who has been heavily linked with a return to the WWE franchise in recent months, said this: “Hey it’s Kurt Angle, I’m in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at my home, recovering from my knee surgery which was about three weeks ago.
“The knee rehab is doing really well, I’m progressing slowly, I’m still in a brace and crutching around, but things are improving – very, very slowly but surely.
“I want to thank all the fans for your support, on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. You guys always give me positive messages. I really, really appreciate it. I couldn’t do it without your support, so thank you very much.”
The 45-year-old has been circled by rumours of a potential upcoming retirement following his latest injury, officially sustained during a match with Ethan Carter III. The true nature of Angle’s injury is unclear, with the Warrior having been visibly uncertain on his damaged knee for several weeks leading up to his surgery.
Angle is likely to be out of action for at least another four months, following surgery on the troublesome injury that re-occurred during his long-awaited match with Ethan Carter III, with whom he had been feuding for several months.
During the course of the match, Angle’s surgically-repaired knee gave out on him twice, leading to Carter capitalizing on the injury to get the pin and win over his nemesis.
After the bout, Kurt was immediately taken for X-rays, which unfortunately revealed the worrying extent of his injury. Angle has never looked comfortable on his knee since returning to TNA shortly before the Sacrifice pay-per-view event. His knee has been causing him a great deal of trouble since the turn of the year, and he will be hoping that a prolonged, enforced break will give him chance to recover more fully.
Angle, who missed out on a match with EC3 at Lockdown in March due to a similar injury, was attempting to end Carter’s six month unbeaten record.
Angle became the second member of TNA’s Hall of Fame at Wembley in February, and now sits proudly alongside his close friend, the Icon, Sting, who became the maiden member of the company’s legendary assembly in 2012.
After turning down his first induction offer at Bound for Glory last October – citing personal and professional problems, he informed Dixie Carter that he would be taking up the offer, after ending his feud with Bobby Roode and helping Samoa Joe defeat Magnus and EC3.
After a touching ceremony and speech, in which Angle thanked his UK and US fans for all their support, EC3 came to the ring. Carter Jr, who attacked Angle backstage earlier that week, claimed that the Olympic Gold Medallist had a torn acl and mcl as a result of the confrontation, and that if rumours were to be believed he was on the verge of retirement.
Despite clearly carrying an injury, having been limping throughout the evening, Angle rebuffed EC3’s accusations, and knocked him from the ring with a single critical blow. Angle told EC3 that the company’s new investor had sanctioned a steel cage match between them at Lockdown.
In the pair’s next clash, EC3 boasted that he had created a new submission hold that was better than Angle’s iconic ankle lock… the leg lock. He added that having beaten the Icon, Sting, he had become pro wrestling’s new icon, the ‘American Icon’. Angle laughed off Carter’s suggestions, but was attacked for his trouble’s, with his already injured knee the predominate target. Angle was eventually ruled out of Lockdown, and did not make his return until over a month later.
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