Kurt Angle was the SmackDown General Manager 19 years ago when he succeeded Paul Heyman in that position. Angle did a great job back then, and it's interesting that he never asked the experienced Heyman for advice. “Surprisingly, no because Paul is a guy that would definitely give advice to you, but I didn’t ask him for it.
What he did is he led by example you know watching him be at GM and the way he does it and how much knowledge he has for wrestling he’s so smooth and he’s so articulate you see him, and you want to be just like him as a GM of SmackDown”.
- he said, as quoted by pwmania.com
Kurt Angle on his health problems
Kurt Angle had problems with a neck injury that was causing him huge problems. In addition to painkillers, Angle also used Xanax to help himself. He was very worried about himself and his health in those moments.
He did the right thing, he came to an important position and waited for his neck to heal.
“I felt like I didn’t let my neck heal long enough. The last two times I started doubting myself, I started getting anxious.
That’s when I started dabbling into freaking Xanax because my doctor prescribed me. Here I’m already taking painkillers and now I’m taking Xanax with it. And so I was worried about breaking my neck all the time.
It was just one of those things where I couldn’t get it out of my mind. So, you know, having to do the general manager spot was a lot better for me and it was able to lower my anxiety and understand that as long as I’m doing this, I can let my neck rest and heal and hopefully I’ll do it long enough that it will heal entirely before I start backrest”.
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