10 Exact Moments Vince McMahon Lost Faith In His Own WWE Creations
It seemed as though Kurt Angle was enjoying one of the finest spells of his WWE career coming into 2006.
The Olympic gold medalist McMahon helped craft into one of the finest all-rounders ever walked into WrestleMania 22 as World Heavyweight Champion and had fully embraced his 'Wrestling Machine' gimmick. However, behind the scenes, the cracks were starting to show.
Angle had begun relying heavily on pain medication to get him through matches and the day in general. After deciding that he was done putting himself through hell for WWE, Angle confronted McMahon.
Vince answered back with a string of abusive messages Angle had sent his boss whilst high on pain pills which ultimately led to the star breaking down and requesting his release. McMahon would grant this wish, but insisted he paid for one of his most cherished talents to go to rehab before returning in six months.
Angle declined the help.
In this moment, judging from Angle's presentation in the wake of his eventual WWE return in 2017, it seems as though McMahon came to the realisation that he could never fully trust the one-time world champion to be a key player again.