Kurt Angle, as previously reported, has put off getting neck fusion surgery until after WrestleMania. Doing so is taking a chance with his health as he risks paralysis by wrestling again rather than getting surgery immediately, as he originally planned.
What hasn't been reported yet, and has been the rumor among wrestlers for the past couple of days, is that Angle may not wrestle even one more match after his WrestleMania bout.
PWTorch.com has confirmed that Angle will eventually need to have more surgery to have more vertebrae fused. Once more than two vertebrae are fused, he won't be able to wrestle again. There is a chance, and the exact odds aren't known, that he will require more than two vertebrae to be fused sooner than later.
At best, he will be able to delay getting the second fusion surgery for five, or even ten years. It's also possible he will need to have the second, career-ending surgery before he is able to wrestle another match.
Friends say one of Angle's motivations for wrestling at WrestleMania rather than getting surgery right away is that he knows there is a sizable chance he will not be able to wrestle again after the first surgery, and he would rather have his potentially final bout be on the big stage of WrestleMania rather than a short, "throwaway" match on Smackdown.
One interesting thing about the whole issue of Kurt wrestling injured, finally for the first time in a looooooooooong time I genuinely care about a match. Not just "oh I think these two will put on an entertaining match..." but a very real feeling of being concerned about the outcome of this match. I haven't felt these emotions since I was young and believed in kayfabe.
I really do hope this match is now elevated to the main event.
Through all that has been said so far, and probably all that will be said in the coming weeks; I would like to know how many more people will order the p.p.v. that was not going to in February?
I'm not saying that Angle's injury should be taken lightly. I hope for his sake and his family's that all goes well in the coming months and during his match. But I'm beginning to get a little bit of a feeling that Vince is going to milk Angle's injury for all that it is worth to get people to buy the biggest p.p.v of the year.
Let's face it. What is going to make you pay for a p.p.v.? The chance that Booker T may defeat HHH for the title, Hogan vs. Vince, or the idea that we may watch Kurt Angle's final match?
I'll order it for the same reason that I was going to before, Brock vs. Angle. Even if Kurt were at 50%, it will be worth the price of admission.
"in five, six, seven, maybe 10 years if I can last that long, I'll have to have surgery to have two other vertebrae fused, and I won't be able to wrestle anymore,"
It might not be for a wee while yet, but it'll still be a hellish early age for a guy of Kurts ability to be retiring.
I vehemently agree with your sentiments; however, for the sake of completeness ...
I was just trying to track down some of the guys' ages for another thread, & pretty consistently found reported (on the web -- for whatever that's worth) that Kurt's birthday is 12/9/1968, which makes him 34. Six years makes him 40, which I believe is Undertaker's current age. Ten more years puts him just 5 years shy of Hogan's current age. I think Kurt is percieved as younger because of 1) his personality, & 2) the fact that he started as a pro later than most of the guys.
All of that said, its still a sad & disappointing thing. (Do we just go ahead & declare a winner for this year's RSPW Award's "Most Disappointing News Item" right now?)
If Undertaker/Shawn was for the title, that would add a new wrinkle to their rematch, and Shawn could win the Royal Rumble to lock in the match like Vince said he'd have to. If Batista works with Cena, that could be for the title too ...