Kurt Angle.

Kurt Angle reveals why he isn't returning to the WWE just yet

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Rumours have been swirling in recent weeks that Kurt Angle could finally be making a return to the WWE after leaving so many years ago.

The Olympic gold medalist revealed that he had a meeting with Triple H recently and that they talked about a comeback, before later adding that he would be returning to the promotion, but just not this year.

Well, now Angle has gone into a bit more detail about why he won't be returning just yet, saying that he is taking the year off to rest his body after nearly two decades in the professional wrestling industry.

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Gruelling Schedule

According to the man himself, wrestling that long with not many breaks isn't exactly easy on the body.

“Wrestling professionally is a great life, but it’s also a very gruelling and demanding lifestyle we as wrestlers go through," Angle said to the News-Democrat. "I mean we’re on the road constantly, doing between 250 to 300 shows each year."

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"Hitting the mat as much as we do, it takes its toll on us physically. That’s why I said, I’m taking this year off to let my body rest and heal.”

Injury History

The four-time WWE Champion has a history of injuries, with some very well documented neck injuries - including winning the Olympic gold with a broken bone in his neck.

In July of last year, Angle had to undergo emergency surgery to remove fluid buildup on his spinal cord after all of his extremities went numb.

A week before that emergency surgery, he had another operation to remove a tumour from his neck. 

Wrestling may be scripted, kids, but it still hurts. And Angle is wisely taking time off to rest some of those injuries.

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