Tonight on Monday Night Raw, Kurt Angle is set to reveal the secret that the WWE has been hyping for weeks.
On the July 10th episode of Raw, Angle said that he was worried he was going to lose his family due to the secret that is about to be exposed. He also said that he hopes his family supports him.
So ahead of the big announcement, who exactly makes up Kurt Angle’s family? Here’s what you need to know.
1. He is Married to Giovanna Angle
Kurt Angle’s wife is Giovanna Angle. They have been married since July 20th, 2012.
Kurt and Giovanna met on the set of the movie End Game, which was released in 2009. Giovanna has a background in acting, and she and Kurt both appeared in that movie together. Although Kurt Angle was already a famous wrestler by the time that Giovanna met him, she has said that she had no idea who he was beforehand.
Both Kurt and Giovanna have talked about the fact that they really grew close while he was recovering from injuries.
“Through his rough times, I kept coming over his house and I kept checking on him,” she said in an interview with Vince Russo. “He didn’t really want to leave the house, and I always kept coming over, and we watched movies for weeks. I was just always there for him.”
You can read more about Giovanna Angle below:
2. He Was Previously Married to Karen Jarrett
From 1998 to 2008, Kurt Angle was married to Karen Smedley. The two divorced while Angle was wrestling for Total Nonstop Action.
This was actually brought on screen in Total Nonstop Action. In 2007, Karen was introduced in TNA as Kurt Angle’s wife who wanted a divorce. They reconciled for a bit, only for Karen in 2008 to leave Kurt and start flirting with AJ Styles. Obviously, this was all scripted, but Karen and Kurt really did divorce at the end of 2008.
Karen later married professional wrestler Jeff Jarrett, and she was re-introduced in 2011 as Jeff’s husband. This was during a feud between Kurt Angle and Jeff Jarrett.
Just a few months ago, Karen Jarret rejoined Impact Wrestling.
3. He Has Five Children
Kurt Angle has five children: one son, Kody, and four daughters, Sophia, Kyra, Giuliana, and Nikoletta.
Kurt Angle’s oldest two kids, Kyra and Kody, he had with his first wife, Karen. Angle says that he only gets to see them every few months.
“…[E]ven 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,” Angle wrote on his website.
Angle also said that he wishes he was there for Kyra and Kody more often rather than constantly being on the road.
“My only regret is that I was hardly ever home when Kyra and Kody were little ones,” Angle wrote. “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.”
Angle’s other three kids, Sophia, Giuliana, and Nikoletta, he had with his current wife, Giovanna. You can read more about Kurt Angle’s kids below:
4. He Has Four Brothers
Kurt Angle has four brothers: Eric, David, Mark and Johnny.
In 2015, David Angle was arrested on suspicion of killing his wife Donna Angle after an argument. David told police that after a dispute, he kneeled on his wife’s chest and pulled on her arms, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. In June 2016, David Angle pleaded guilty after being charged with homicide. In September, he was sentenced to two-and-a-half to 10 years in prison, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Another one of Kurt Angle’s brothers is Eric Angle, who worked in professional wrestling for a few years. At the 2000 Survivor Series pay-per-view, Eric made his debut on WWF, helping Kurt Angle win against The Undertaker. Eric was soon given a developmental contract, but he suffered injuries during his training, and after appearing with his brother a few more times, he was released from his contract in 2003. Eric subsequently wrestled in an independent promotion for a bit before being injured and retiring.
5. His Sister, Le’Anne Angle, Died in 2003
Kurt Angle also had a sister, Le’Anne, but sadly, she died of a heroin overdose in 2003. Le’Anne’s death actually ocurred just one day before Kurt’s one-hour Iron Man match against Brock Lesnar on SmackDown.
Angle would later say that he did not deal with his sister’s death well, hiding his pain by focusing himself on wrestling.
“I didn’t deal with that either,” he said. “I went out there and had one of the best matches of my life. I hid the pain. And you have to realize that dealing with the pain is a part of life, and there is life and there is death.”
When Angle was 16, his father, a crane operator, died in a construction accident. His mother died in 2015 after a battle with cancer.