The first episode of the Kurt Angle Show, staged on the AdFreeShows podcast hosted by Conrad Thompson, provided numerous interesting insights into the former Olympic champion. The main topic of discussion was the WrestleMania 19 main event, which featured Angle himself and a young Brock Lesnar.
Already in that historical phase, Kurt's neck began to show the first signs of intolerance, so much so as to induce WWE to try to replace him with Chris Benoit in the most anticipated match of the event. The WWE Hall of Famer also spoke at length about his addiction to painkillers, which began after 'The Beast' fractured his neck back in 2003.
"I started using painkillers heavily after Brock Lesnar broke my neck in February 2003. Over time I started to love them, they eased my pain and gave me more energy. This is obviously the typical effect of opiates. At first I took a couple of tablets, then I went to four, from four to eight, from eight to sixteen and so on.
I went completely out of control, I think I got to take 65 Vicodin tablets a day before I realized that maybe I had a problem. The fact is that the body gradually develops a habit of opiates, so to feel the effect you have to increase the dose.
I literally dug a pit and it was not easy to get to the bottom of it," he said. Without going into details, Angle revealed that his dating didn't help him get out of that dangerous addiction: "At a certain point I realized I had a problem, even if it wasn't easy to accept it.
I have no intention of naming names, but the people around me at the time influenced me negatively. They weren't suited to get out of that dark alley, luckily I had the character to make myself feel once and for all. In the end, after so many sacrifices, I made it."
Kurt Angle: "Brock Lesnar loved to stay home"
Many stories have been spread over the years about the WWE star Brock Lesnar, making him one of the most talked about and controversial wrestlers in the modern era of WWE.
One of the best known aspects of the former Universal champion is that he has never been a great lover of travel and travel by plane. The Beast is the only athlete to have won a world title in mixed martial arts, professional wrestling and collegiate wrestling.
His glorious record includes five WWE titles, a UFC Heavyweight Championship and an NCAA Division I Heavyweight Championship. During the first edition of the AdFreeshows.com podcast hosted by Conrad Thompson, WWE legend Kurt Angle told a curious anecdote about Webster's 43-year-old.
"Well, the truth is, he hated traveling so much that he bought a private plane so he didn't have to go to airports. I remember he hired a pilot, who if I'm not mistaken lived in his basement. He prepared really well for all circumstances, he hated traveling very much," said the former Olympic champion.
Angle added that Brock quit wresling in the mid-2000s because he could no longer appreciate that kind of life. Lesnar intended to start a career in the NFL, which would allow him to stay closer to home for longer. "He didn't want to be away from home all that time.
This is the main reason that led him to stop fighting. That's why he tried to get closer to professional football. The NFL would allow him to stay in a single city, where he could train and compete, without being forced to travel for many months.
He would be less on the road and more at home. This is what Brock likes most, being close to his residence," he added. Kurt finally praised Lesnar for his understanding of the business and the dedication shown over the course of his long career.
If Brock Lesnar has been missing from the WWE rings since the last edition of Wrestlemania, the one that aired entirely from the Performance Center almost a year ago, Rousey's face hasn't been seen in Stamford for almost two years, with the last match of the Baddest Woman on the Planet which dates back to the first edition of the Showcase of the Immortals, where she lost her title in favor of Becky Lynch.