Kurt Angle recalls how a few texts caused Vince McMahon to want 'to beat my a**'


Kurt Angle is now on good terms with WWE and Vince McMahon, but it wasn't always this way.

Now retired following his last match with WWE at WrestleMania 35, Kurt Angle now serves as a producer for Raw on a weekly basis and has a good relationship with WWE and Vince McMahon.

However, they weren't always on good terms, as back in 2006, Vince wanted to fight Angle in his very own office at WWE headquarters after what the Olympic gold medalist texted him.

In 2006, Angle wanted to leave WWE as he was dealing with injuries and a painkiller addiction. He drove to WWE headquarters to meet with Vince and ask for his release.

Beforehand, however, Angle had sent pages of text messages to Vince saying he’ll kick his ass. The problem was, he didn’t remember sending those messages because he was blacked out from taking painkillers.

He said during an interview with Chris Van Vliet, via Fightful: “Vince has always been a father figure to me. I never wanted to intentionally hurt him. I’ll give you a quick story.

"[In 2006], I decided to quit and my manager and I made the trip to headquarters and I injured myself real badly, my hamstring and groin.

"There was blood across my genitals, my hamstring, both legs on the inside and I’m bruising. It was really bad. I showed it to Vince when we had a meeting and I said, ‘We need to talk because I’m not doing really well.’

"So he pulls out about five typed pages of text messages and phone call messages that I left them and I’m reading them and it says, ‘Vince, I’m going to beat the sh*t out of you when I see you,’ ‘Vince, you better answer my calls or I’m going to kick your ass.’ Really crazy stuff.


"I don’t remember it. Unfortunately, I was taking painkillers and every once in a while, I would black out and here I am texting Vince."

Once Angle had finished reading those messages, Vince stood up, took off his jacket, indicating that he was ready to fight. The Olympic Hero, however, said he had way too much respect for the man he considered a father figure to fight him.

“He stood up and he took his jacket off and he said, ‘You want to kick my ass? Let’s go right now.’ I looked at him and thought, ‘Oh my God. Vince McMahon wants to beat my ass.’

"This has been a guy who’s been my father figure for the past seven years and I have too much respect for him to stand up. But he wanted to go. I left the room and I came back and I just broke down.


"I said, ‘Vince, I can’t do this anymore.’ I need you to release me. He did. It had to be done to save my life.”

Thankfully, Angle was able to get the help he needed to combat his addictions, and he was able to return to WWE in 2017 where he was inducted into the Hall of Fame. His relationship with WWE has been strong ever since.

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