Kurt Angle was one of the top wrestlers in the WWE before he quit the company in 2006. His departure was a rude shock to fans, but necessary as he was having a difficult time, with numerous things plaguing his mind at the time.
After leaving the federation, the Olympic Hero worked for other pro-wrestling promotions, including TNA (Impact Wrestling), before finally returning to the place where he kicked off his career in the 2000s.
He is currently working as Raw general manager following his induction into the WWE Hall of Fame right after WrestleMania 33 on 2 April.
While it is no secret that he was a troubled man when he quit the company, the former WWE champion has now revealed some shocking details that forced him not to don his singlet in the WWE.
"I was very angry, very bitter...because I could not keep myself together. I lashed out at Vince [McMahon], I lashed out at the company. I saw this young John Cena coming up through the ranks, and basically, take my place and there was nothing I could do about it," Angel said in a recent interview on the WWE network.
"I didn't have any issues with John...I love them. But that's how you get better. The broken necks didn't help...the painkillers didn't help."
"Vince saw a change in behaviour and he had to do something about it. Vince wanted me to get help. I didn't want to get help and I asked to part ways. He said fine but 'I would like you to go to rehab and get yourself straight'. I opted not to," he added.
Vince has said that it was heartbreaking to see Angle destroy himself.
"You can't threaten them in losing their job. There is nothing you can do," he said. "That's a very rotten feeling when you care for somebody. And, then I said goodbye."