World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) was something that graced the television screen and became part of a lot of kids’ childhood. For a 90’s kid growing up, the name Kurt Angle would certainly ring some bells. After making his onscreen debut on the show in March 1999, the former Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle went on to become one of the most celebrated wrestlers in the history of WWE. But apart from his very successful career what do we know about him?
Kurt Angle has been married to actress Giovanna Yannotti since 2012. The couple seems to be going strong with them recently adopting a son. Let us learn more about the woman Kurt Angle seemingly has a wonderful family life.
Yannotti is a College Drop-out
Giovanna Yannotti was born on March 26, 1987, in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, USA. Although not much is known regarding her parentage and siblings, it is known that she is half-Mexican and half-Italian. She is believed to have had a very normal and humble childhood.
As for her education, she graduated from high school and got enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh. However, she could not complete her college studies as she decided to drop out in order to follow a career in modelling and acting.
Kurt and Giovanna Met on the Sets of a Movie
Giovanna Yannotti first met her now-husband Kurt Angle on the set of the movie ‘End Game’ in 2009. Yannotti had a minor role in the movie where she portrayed the role of ‘Customer at a Restaurant”. She didn’t know who Kurt Angle was when she met him for the first time. In an interview with Vince Russo, she revealed that she was unaware of Kurt’s wrestling career and didn’t know he was one of the legendary wrestlers of his era.
When Giovanna saw Kurt for the first time, she found him very handsome and attractive and fell for him instantly. The duo remained friends for some time before commencing their romantic relationship. During that period, she went to Kurt’s place and look after him while he was recovering from injuries. In the same interview with Vince Russo, she revealed:
Through his rough times, I kept coming over to his house and I kept checking on him. 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.
After a while, they went on their first date at Arby’s. Kurt then soon proposed to her and they got engaged During the period of their engagement, the couple had their first child. Their daughter Giuliana Marie Angle was born on January 21, 2011.
Giovanna’s Marriage with Kurt; Second Marriage for Kurt Angle
Giovanna and Kurt officially got married to each other on July 20, 2012, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Kurt’s brother Eric Angle served as the best man for their wedding. The inside details of their wedding have still been kept a secret. Therefore, nothing much is known about their big day.
Though it was the first marriage for the actress, the case was different for Kurt. He was previously married to Karen Smedley for ten years. After her marriage with Kurt, she became the stepmother for Kurt’s two children from his previous marriage. Giovanna now has a stepdaughter Kyra Angle born on December 2, 2002, and a stepson Kody Angle born on October 26, 2006.
Kurt and Angle have Adopted a Son from Bulgaria
After their marriage, the couple welcomed their second child Sophia Laine Angle was born on December 31, 2012. They again gave birth to their third child Nikolleta Sky Angle on November 5, 2016. The duo together were parenting five kids until they decided to adopt a son Joseph from Bulgaria. This news was first reported on June 10, 2019. The duo had to wait for a long to bring their son to the USA due to legal paperwork. But now, they have finally brought their son from Bulgaria to the USA after a battle of 15 months with the legal authorities.
Giovanna has a loving home where all her kids are growing as healthy and normal as possible. The family is often pictured going on vacations and enjoying a gala time together.
Giovanna Holds a Background in Acting and Modeling
Giovanna Yannotti started her career as a model and gradually started working as an actress. Her first onscreen role was in the 2009 movie ‘My Bloody Valentine’. In 2009, she appeared in a slew of different movies like ‘Sorority Row’, ‘The Twilight Saga: New Moon’ and ‘End Game’. She went on to appear in one of the episodes titled Fire in the Hole of the TV series ‘Justified’ in 2010 as a gang member.
Also in 2010, she worked as a photo double and stand-in for actress Rosario Dawson in the movie ‘Unstoppable’. She also worked on the same set as her husband Kurt Angle in the movie ‘Death from Above’ which was released in 2012.
Yannotti has also appeared in the 2017 TV special WWE Hall of Fame where her husband was inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame. She has also done some stunt double work for the movie ‘Jack Reacher starring Tom Cruise which was released in 2012. Apart from these, she has appeared in multiple shows and movies but her career never really took off.
Her Personal Life and Net Worth
The actress is very much active on social media like Facebook and Twitter. She regularly posts photos of her family and herself on her accounts. Giovanna seems to be very proud of her husband’s career since she constantly uses her social media accounts to voice out her support for Kurt Angle.
Her official net worth is yet to be revealed but estimating her career as an actress and a stunt double, it could be anywhere around 2 million US dollars.
Giovanna and Kurt’s Daughter Saved his Life
When you look at someone like Kurt Angle, it is hard to believe that he is someone who needs to be saved. But looks like even he is not immune to accidents as he talked about his recent jet ski incident that ended up with him being saved by his barely teen daughter Giuliana. During a vacation with family in Florida, he, unfortunately, lost control of the jet ski and got thrown into the ocean along with his daughter. Adding to that his safety vest malfunctioned and he began drowning quickly.
That was until his daughter came to his rescue and managed to help her dad. Giuliana, who has been training to be a swimmer is already being recognized for Olympic-level swimming talents as described by her coaches. Giovanna was probably relieved that nothing disastrous happened to any of them.
Little about her husband Kurt Angle
Kurt Steven Angle was born on December 9, 1968, in Mt. Lebanon Township, Pennslyvania, USA. Kurt Angle started to train from a very young age to be a wrestler. After losing his father David Angle in a construction accident at the age of 16, he started to see his wrestling coach David Schultz as a paternal figure. Kurt was very talented at a young age. He went undefeated on the freshman wrestling team at Canon-McMillan High and qualified for the state wrestling tournament his sophomore year. Angle also placed third in the state wrestling tournament as a junior and was the 1987 Pennsylvania State Wrestling Champion as a senior.
In 1995, Kurt Angle won a gold medal in freestyle wrestling at the 1995 World Wrestling Championship. After gaining nationwide recognition, Kurt Angle started training for the Olympics in 1996. He won the gold medal for freestyle wrestling in the same Olympics game. Kurt Angle is widely known for his work in the WWE where he debuted in 1999.
After his televised debut, he received a major push from the company. He won the 2000 King of the Ring tournament and the WWF championship. Kurt has held the WWE/WWF championship for 4 times, the WCW championship once and World Heavyweight Championship once.
He has also joined Total Nonstop Action (TNA) wrestlings where he became a record-breaking six-time heavyweight champion. Kurt has been inducted into both the WWE and TNA Hall of Fame. Besides, these, Kurt Angle has appeared in numerous movies as an actor too.
Kurt Angle is one of the most celebrated wrestlers in the history of wrestling. With his ever-growing career and appearances in pro wrestling, he has been able to amass a total net worth of 25 million US dollars.
Giovanna Got Married to Kurt Once Again
Not long after Kurt shared his thoughts of getting remarried again on The Kurt Angle Show Podcast, Kurt and his wife Giovanna actually got remarried. The couple who first tied the knot in 2012 renewed their vows in August 2023. The ceremony was held at the Crossroads Church and their children were among the attendees. Kurt tweeted about the news on his Twitter and said:
This past weekend, I had the honour of remarrying my beautiful wife Giovanna at Crossroads Church. It was an amazing family moment because we were able to get married in front of our children, showing them what true love really is. Thank you to my incredible wife for saying ‘YES’ again. I love you always and forever.