Category Archives: The Right Angle

#AngleStrong App Coming Soon

#AngleStrong App Coming SoonWe’ve all heard about the epidemic of opiates and alcohol in the US. In fact, it’s getting worse every year. Many talk about it, but who will do something about it? I will! My name is Kurt Angle and I’m a recovering addict of 3 1/2 years. I’ve decided to be the one that makes a difference in this awful disease.

Starting in Jan 2017, my #Anglestrong App will be released to the public. It’s an App/Program like no other. #AngleStrong can assist addicts and recovering addicts to stay in recovery. If you are an addict, the #AS App will be your lifeline. We will send you positive messages daily, you will check in each day to show your loyalty to your recovery, and if you’re in distress, we will aid you to stay in recovery or get you back in recovery if you relapse. The app will also recommend NA/AA Meetings close to you and recommend the best possible rehab facility that fits your needs. In addition, I will have a monthly skype call with all of my members of #AS to help you continue your journey in recovery.

If you’re an addict, recovering addict, or you know someone who is struggling, PLEASE encourage them to stay clean by joining #AS. “We are addicts, but we will win, it’s TRUE!”

#AngleStrong

Preparation Breeds Confidence

Preparation Breeds Confidence- Kurt Angle Official BlogDo you ever visualize accomplishing something great? Are you confident enough to achieve it?

I used to have dreams as a child that I’d stand on that Olympic podium and receive a gold medal. It was nothing but a dream, but it was MY dream. I always thought I’d accomplish something great. And I never limited myself to just one thing. I knew a high school and college education would help me accomplish more in my life than anything else. An education (or learning how to prepare myself for tests/studying) would help me to have an incredible work ethic on the wrestling mat as well.

I wasn’t the biggest, strongest or fastest competitor in the Olympics. But I WAS the most prepared. Preparation enables you to be ready for anything. It breeds confidence. I knew I could accomplish anything because both my mind and body were ready for the world. I take pride in being confident and over-prepared. It’s my greatest asset. So if you lack confidence, work on it. It doesn’t come overnight. It sometimes takes months or even years to be a well-prepared individual, but it’s worth it. Equip yourself to be prepared for anything. You won’t regret it. It’s true.

New Prez

Our Prez- Kurt Angle Official BlogAs you all know, America witnessed a historical election this past week. Some are happy, and some are not. President Obama will be exiting the White House after 8 years of faithful service. Now it’s Donald Trump’s turn.

This election has been a difficult for us. Neither candidate was favorable for many of us voters, but the people have spoken and it’s time for Donald Trump to put up or shut up. I was torn about who to vote for, but now that Trump is the victor, it’s time we stand behind him and give him a chance. Inexperience is a concern for all of us, so it’s up to others (VP, Congress, Senate) to assist Donald Trump in his reign as President of the US. The politicians need to come together as one and unify this country. And whether or not you like Donald Trump, we ALL need to come together and make this country as great as we know it to be.

It’s a scary time in the world, so we all need to stick together. This is OUR country, and we need to remember that regardless of whether the President is a Democrat, Republican or Independent, we need to unify behind him.

We are all anxious to see how this plays out. So please, citizens, come together and support our president-to-be. And thank you President Obama for your service. Whether we agree on his positions for our country or not, he put his heart and soul into being our leader. It’s time to come together and continue to make America one of the greatest countries on this planet. It’s true.

Family

Family- Kurt Angle Official BlogMost folks now know that I’m a proud father of my 5th child, Nikoletta, born on Saturday, November 5, at 6:16 pm. She was 9 pounds 1 ounce. It’s Baby #5 and most likely my last child (my wife said noooo more). We will see. LOL.

As I look back at the births of Kyra, Kody, Giulia’na and Sophia, I realize how Blessed I am. Each one of them is VERY special in so many different ways. I can’t imagine my life without them. And even though I only get to see Kyra and Kody every 2-3 months, I love them every bit as much as my other 3 children. My only regret is that I was hardly ever home when Kyra and Kody were little ones. I was ALWAYS on the road wrestling for my tremendous fans. But I realize I can’t change my past. I can only control what’s in front of me now.

That’s exactly how I handle my recovery from alcohol and prescription drugs. One day at a time. Stay clean today and only focus on that. Today!!!! My recovery has actually helped me to live my whole life that way. I only focus on the time I have “right now” with my wife and 5 children. It makes things less complicated and a lot more meaningful.

My family wasn’t always my first priority. I used to put my family on the back burner, understanding that my career was more important. It’s not. Did my career keep me focused on what’s important? No. Did it keep me clean from alcohol and drugs? No. My family saved my life. I realized that I couldn’t stay in recovery focusing only on my career. But staying clean for my wife and kids made it a lot easier for me. A REAL man is responsible for taking care of his own, being there for his family on every level: mentally, spiritually and physically…. to provide for, teach, support and Love all of his children and his better half.

The more children I’ve had, the more mature I have become. I “grew up” and I understood that what I was doing was “childish” (using alcohol and drugs). I know I can’t keep having children (I’m approaching 48 years old), but the kids I have will keep me extremely busy and motivated. Family can make you feel like a king, and at the same time it can humble you and keep you grounded. THAT is exactly what I needed in my life. So if you’re expecting a child or you already have children, remember how important it is to Love them and bond with them. Without Love, you have nothing. It’s the most powerful thing on the planet. So Love your family (that includes your parents and other relatives) with everything you have. Life is short. Make it count by showing what is truly important. Family. It’s true!

My Kind Of Girl

My Kind of Girl-Kurt Angle Official BlogI was sitting here thinking of what to write about this week and then it hit me. I mean that literally. My wife hit me on the arm and said, “Come with me!” I asked where we were going and she said, “Shut up and follow me.” I said, “Ah, okay!”

My beautiful wife, who is 9 months pregnant and literally going to have the baby any day, wants to get her fall cleaning done right now. She has been up since 7 a.m. and moving nonstop. I witnessed her scrubbing the bathroom floors this morning, cleaning out closets, washing all of the windows, and moving summer clothes into the attic. This woman never slows down, even when she is pregnant. The only thing I can say is thank GOD she has an incredible work ethic. Wy wife claims it’s because she’s half Mexican, which sounds racist, but she’s very proud of her heritage.

Whenever I start to feel sorry for myself for all of the aches and pains I have, I look at her and I realize I have it fairly easy. My Giovanna has been part of my life for 8 years. And although I’ve accomplished less in that time, in terms of personal achievements, they have been the best 8 years of my life. There is nothing more beautiful and sexy than a woman that knows exactly what to do every day of her life.

My Giovanna is always working toward accomplishing something. Whether it’s cleaning the house, taking the kids to school, going grocery shopping, taking all of us to our doctor appointments or taking the kids to their dance/sports events, my wife is ALWAYS focused on our family. She’s a machine. And watching her makes me want to accomplish more in my life.

Now that the baby is coming any minute, I’m going to have to step up. The “Boss” will be out of commission for a few days, and it will be up to me to help her out. Her confidence in me is more than enough to make me believe I can take care of the family while she’s down and out. She just looks at me and says, “You’ve got this. I trust you”. When your spouse is your greatest source of strength on this planet, anything is possible. I’m a better man because of her.

So Giovanna, thank you for everything. For baby #5, for being a wonderful mom to our 4 other children and for being the backbone of this family. It will never go unnoticed. I love you.

Number 5

#lovemykids-Kurt Angle Official BlogI’ve been very blessed to have 4 wonderful kids. They each have their own style and personality. Kyra, Kody, Giulia’na and Sophia have changed my life for the better in many ways.
 
My beautiful wife Giovanna and I are expecting baby #5 next month. Being a dad is very challenging, but I’m no longer nervous about bringing another child in this world. I’m actually excited about it. My children have learned so much from me, and I’ve learned just as much from them. I’ve learned what it means to be a father. I’ve also learned patience (You gotta have patience with the little ones). But the most important thing I’ve learned is how to Love my children the way they Love me. They’re dependent on me and I’m dependent on them. They’re my drug of choice now. They give me the strength to do things I might have quit on if I didn’t have them in my life.
 
Now that Baby #5 is coming, I’m a little smarter, a little more patient and a little more responsible. Having kids is very rewarding, but it also takes strength to make sure you give them nothing but the best Love, wisdom and advice. With baby #5, I’m a little better of a father because I have learned from mistakes I made with my older kids. I try not to feel guilty about past mistakes but focus on being the best father I can be, especially with the new one coming.
 
For the first time, my wife and I haven’t found out the sex of the baby. We thought our last child would be celebrated by not knowing the sex until the baby is born. It’s killing me not to know, but I will enjoy the surprise that’s in store for me. So with baby #5, I promise to be a better father for him/her, and a better father for the other 4. Because…. They ARE my life. It’s damn true.

Confident or Arrogant?

Confident or Arrogant? Kurt Angle Official BlogIs it good to be arrogant, or cocky? Well, that’s a good question for me to ask myself, LOL. The answer? Yes and no. Is the arrogance actually coming from confidence? Being cocky, to a certain degree, breeds confidence. I’ve always been confident in my skills, but at the times that I wasn’t so confident, I was able to make myself believe I was, by ACTING like it, maybe coming off a LITTLE arrogant….LOL. It’s always a good thing to know in your heart and soul that you are capable of succeeding. Having the confidence to get the job done is always good, but keep it blended with humility. To gloat about how good you are may be stepping over the line into arrogance.

When you gloat and brag about your skills all of the time, and when the words coming out of your mouth supersede your actions, then you’re just a bullshitter. You have to ask yourself if your arrogance or cockiness is just camouflage for your insecurities.

So let your actions speak louder than your words, and when you do that, you will have the right to be arrogant in your confidence. It’s damn true.

Do we truly have Freedom of Religion?

constitutionI was on board an airplane coming home from an appearance when someone next to me, I guess around 20-something years old, was praying in his seat. I was surprised at the fact that he was praying to his God on an airplane, not because he was praying, but because he was praying out loud. Did it offend me? Hell no. I’m all for religious freedom and if he wants to pray, he can pray anywhere he wants to.

Unfortunately, today we live in a time where religious freedom seems to have been taken away from us. Are people TRULY offended by the words God, Jesus, Allah, Buddha? I don’t get it. If you’re an atheist, I’m not offended by it. I love all people and all walks of life, whether you’re religious or not. I have friends who are atheists. It doesn’t bother me. Do I believe that someday they will be held accountable for not believing? I truly don’t know, because I’m not God, and that is none of my business. I don’t force my beliefs on others.

I’ve been reading a book called “A More Perfect Union” by Dr. Ben Carson. He writes about how religious freedom has been taken away from us. I truly believe that it has!!!! I’m not a diehard Democrat or Republican and I vote for whoever is best suited to lead our country, but our Constitution states that we will be allowed to practice our religion “anywhere”. Hmmmm. Not true. It’s been taken out of our schools, and in some cases out of our professions/businesses.

You believers out there, stay strong and unite. Not to protest or riot, but to pray to your Savior or God to allow us to exercise our religion. Communicate with each other to get the word out, but don’t force it on others. EVERYBODY has a right to choose. This is a scary time in our world and we seem further away from God than ever.

The First Amendment of our Constitution allows us to be free to practice our religion anywhere, anytime. So what do I say to my kids, who have been learning from my wife and I about Jesus, when they are told at school you can’t practice your religion? I believe we ALL have a right to pray or talk about our God, whether we believe or not. So pray to your GOD and communicate with each other on how we can continue to practice our faith, or not practice any faith (if you don’t believe) with the freedom our Founders gave us. It’s your right to believe and say whatever you want about your faith, or your right to not believe. Our country was founded, created and built on the freedom to choose. It’s true!

Angle Strong

#AngleStrongHave you, or anyone you cared about, submitted into the hands of addiction? Addiction to alcohol? Painkillers? Benzos? Or all of the above? I have.

My addiction started when I was prescribed painkillers for a neck injury in 2003. I didn’t know how powerful the opiate drug was until I found myself taking an insurmountable amount of Vicodin. To be exact, I was taking 65 extra strength Vicodin per day. I started taking one pill a day, and before long kept doubling the dose over and over again. I loved the feeling it gave me, because it allowed me not to feel anything.

Let’s go back to a time before I fell victim to this disease. Growing up, I experienced many tragedies in my life, but I never grieved because I was on a mission to etch my legacy in stone in amateur wrestling. There was nothing I wanted more than to make my family proud, especially those I had lost in the past. My father died in a construction accident when I was 16. That’s the day I vowed I would do something great for my dad. I promised that nothing would stop me from winning a gold medal. I went to college and was preparing for my first NCAA Division 1 title when my grandma, my only living grandparent, died of a heart attack the day before my big event. I had spent every weekend with her growing up and we were very close. She was special to me. I knew that I had to put on my game face and win the title for her and my dad, and I had NO time to grieve for them. I know that they would have been proud of me win or lose, as long as I gave my very best. I did that, and I was so happy that I didn’t disappoint them.

Move ahead 5 years, and I was finally where I wanted to be. I was #1 on the USA freestyle wrestling team and had won numerous national titles and a world championship in 1995. I was “on par” to see my dream become reality. Then it happened again. My coach and mentor of team Foxcatcher, Dave Schultz, was shot and killed by the club owner, John DuPont. This was six months before the Olympic games.

To make matters worse, three months later I broke my neck at the U.S. open. I was told I couldn’t compete anymore, and my life crashed before my eyes. But with lots of prayer, determination and a great doctor, I was able to wrestle at the Olympic trials. The doctor used a very risky but clever method. He would inject 12 shots of Novocain into my neck right before each match. It worked, and I found myself on the Olympic team. I would need the injections to continue on my Olympic journey, so we did it, even though I was risking paralysis. You may think I’m stupid, but I think anybody who had the chance of winning Olympic gold would have done the same. I won gold, and found myself in a position where I enjoyed the competition so much that I needed to match that feeling again.

What now? I knew I didn’t want to make the Olympic journey again so I took a stab at pro wrestling. In 1999, I signed with WWE, and by the end of that year I was on WWE television and doing incredibly well. I had found my new love, professional wrestling. But it was almost taken away from me, AGAIN, when I broke my neck again in 2003. I had surgery and was put on pain medication. That was the beginning of my dark journey.

The pills made me feel invincible and kept me in the game, until my sister Le’Anne died of a heroin overdose, not long after my surgery. I didn’t want to feel pain, or anything. I had not grieved for my father, my grandmother, my coach or my sister, and I wasn’t about to begin. At least not with the success I was having in WWE. I felt like everything was being taken away from me.

So I started taking more and more Vicodin, stuffing the pain deep inside of me. Before I knew it, I was knee deep (more like shoulder deep) into my addiction. I was hiding it from WWE, and at that time they weren’t drug testing for medication like they do now. I then broke my neck 2 more times over the next 2 years, and the bad relationship/marriage I was in made me feel more alone than ever. I decided that I could not handle the rigorous schedule of WWE and I felt guilty about being a liability to Vince McMahon. So I asked for my release and I swore I’d get my life together.

After I went to TNA, I was taking a lower dose of medication but I didn’t entirely quit. I started drinking alcohol excessively and went through a bad divorce. Eventually, I found the true love of my life, my wife Giovanna. But I kept taking the pills and drinking until I passed out each night. I knew it wasn’t fair to my wife or my kids, but I did everything I could to hide my feelings and emotional pain.

I had a successful career with TNA as I did in WWE, but I ruined any good reputation I had by receiving 4 DUIs in 5 years. I knew I had to do something to save my life and my marriage, so I checked into rehab and I’ve been clean and sober for over 3 years.

I’ve witnessed my mother suffer and die from cancer (leukemia) and my brother David go to jail for admitting to killing his wife while he was high on drugs. But I’ve dealt with those issues sober. I have allowed myself to experience true emotional and physical pain, even from the past. It’s not easy, but it’s the right way to live life. I’ve salvaged what could have been a tragic story, and I’m writing my own story on how the rest of my life will pan out. I thank God that I didn’t mess up my liver due to the medication I inhaled. (I just had a physical and everything is good). I love my wife and kids too much to go back to the drugs, and I am worthy of enjoying what I accomplished in my life. I want to be there to help my kids and make sure they never make the mistakes I’ve made. I love my life, I love my family and I love my fans.

What’s my next move? To help others suffering from addiction. I have started a program called #AngleStrong to help addicts in recovery STAY clean. It’s the least I could do for what God has blessed me with, and it’s time to give back for a life that was so focused on me and my accomplishments. #AngleStrong will be launching this year, and I will be promoting it, along with the #AngleStrong App to help addicts in recovery.  *UPDATE: for more information on the AngleStrong app visit AngleStrong.com

God saved my life and he put me here to help others pull themselves out of the pit of addiction. #AngleStrong “will” save lives. If you or anyone you know has a problem with addiction, look for the #AngleStrong Program to assist your loved ones. Follow me on Twitter at @realkurtangle. I will do my very best to help anyone who is suffering from this horrible disease. It’s true.

Take Care of Yourself

Take Care of Your BodyDo you know your own body? How to truly take care of yourself? Not just your outward appearance, but also your mind, your soul and your insides — your organs.

I have always tried to take care of my health, in every way. Was I always successful at it? Absolutely not. There were moments in my life when I completely ignored my body, whether I was injured, dehydrated, eating an unhealthy diet or abusing medication, I always thought that I could turn things around early enough to avoid any long term effects to my body.

Well here I am, realizing now that I need to do better. Prayer and meditation, a proper diet, exercise, sufficient rest, and drinking lots of water have become priorities for me. I think about my wife and kids, and it makes me want to live another 50 years…. for them. That is my motivation. I now spend more time making proper meals, stretching each day, and doing things that will allow me to live a long, healthy life.

For example, I went to the gym this morning. I used to go to the gym, throw bunch of weights around, and then leave. I didn’t warm up or stretch, just got my “pump” and left. Now? My gym routine is get in the hot tub for 20 minutes, the sauna for 10 minutes, drink plenty of water, stretch, then lift weights, run 2 miles, and finish with some yoga and five minutes of prayer/meditation. They say, “Your body is your temple.” So take the time to keep your mind, body and soul healthy. It’s not always easy, but you won’t regret it. It’s true.