Kurt Angle contacted me on Thursday to inform me that he'll be undergoing surgery on Friday to repair his anterior cruciate ligament. The surgery is expected to keep him out of the ring 4 1/2 months. Angle issued the following statement to me for use on WrestlingNewsWorld.com.
"I was limited in the ring and don't want to be anymore. I injured it 5 years ago. Held up until now. I love going 150%."
The timing is particularly interesting as Angle's current contract with TNA Wrestling is up in September. From what we understand, the company has already been working to re-sign him.
Angle is leaving his options open and has yet to commit to TNA past September 2014. It's been no secret he's tinkered with the idea of returning to WWE and Global Force Wrestling is expected to be interested in his services.
Kurt Angle has been a staple of the TNA main event scene since 2006. He's enjoyed his time there and gone on record, saying they treat him very well. He's dealt with issues outside of the ring lately, including a stint in a rehabilitation center for alcohol and undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery in February.
Given Kurt's upcoming surgery and subsequent recovery timetable, his bout against Ethan Carter III that aired on this week's Impact Wrestling could be his final bout in TNA.