Kurt Angle has revealed a former WWE star’s career was derailed by a hair transplant.
Signing with WWE in 1998, Shawn Stasiak was considered a prominent prospect for the company. He is the son of former WWWF Champion Stan “The Man” Stasiak.
The younger Stasiak spent two years from 1998 to 2000 in WWE before heading to WCW and eventually another run with WWE in 2001. The latter run only lasted one year before his release in September 2002.
Stasiak had requested his release from the promotion to pursue other ventures outside of the industry.
On the latest edition of his podcast, Kurt Angle recalled making his WWE in-ring debut against Stasiak at Survivor Series 1999 and explained that a hair transplant proved problematic for the second-generation wrestler. He stated:
“I want to tell you a story about Shawn. This also affected his career, and I hate to say this, but I have to let the cat out of the bag. Shawn was losing his hair just like I was.”
“He decided to get a hair replacement surgery and it was a week before he was called up. He called the WWE and said, ‘Hey, I can’t be called up right now. I’m getting my hair done’, and they’re like, ‘Oh, okay. All right. We’ll take care of you then.'”
“He didn’t lose his confidence because of that, but I think that painted him in a corner where, okay, this guy’s not going to be a team player. They were like, ‘We want you to debut right now’, and he’s like, ‘I can’t. I have to wait about two months.'”
“I was like, ‘Okay, you can wait two months. Let’s see what happens then.’ When I look at it, I just wonder if that might have affected his career a little bit.”
In 2007, Shawn Stasiak earned his certification as a chiropractor and opened his own practice in Dallas, Texas. The former WWE star also worked as a motivational speaker and talks with young people about obesity, bullying and other problems.
As previously reported, Kurt Angle has revealed that he declined an invitation to the recent WWE Draft 2023.
Full results from Backlash were as follows:
Raw Women’s Championship – Bianca Belair (c) def. IYO SKY
Seth ‘Freakin’ Rollins def. Omos
United States Championship – Austin Theory (c) def. Bobby Lashley, Bronson Reed
SmackDown Women’s Championship – Rhea Ripley (c) def. Zelina Vega
San Juan Street Fight – Bad Bunny def. Damian Priest
Solo Sikoa & The Usos def. Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens & Matt Riddle
Cody Rhodes def. Brock Lesnar
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