Kurt Angle retired from professional wrestling after his last match at WrestleMania 35. However, in AEW, several former WWE Superstars and other retired wrestlers have made their presence felt. During a recent appearance on The Wrestling Inc Daily podcast, Angle talked about the possibility of joining AEW.
Kurt Angle on joining AEW; retiring from wrestling
Kurt Angle said that an appearance on AEW was off the table. He said that he was happy where he was now.
“Right now, I would say it’s off the table. I’m OK where I am. The thing is, when I came back to WWE, I wasn’t expecting what I got, and I was very grateful. I got the Hall of Fame. I wanted the Hall of Fame, but I didn’t want it first. I wanted it last, and I wanted to wrestle first. I took a year off from TNA. I was wrestling Rey Mysterio, Cody Rhodes, Alberto Del Rio, Joe Coffey from the UK, Zack Saber Jr. [and] a lot of great athletes, and I was ready.”
However, Angle added that when he first joined WWE, he wanted to wrestle in the promotion first. Instead, he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame and then made the WWE RAW General Manager. As a result, by the time he was wrestling in WWE, he was already looking old.
“When I was inducted into the Hall of Fame, that night Vince McMahon told me I was going to be the general manager, and I was like, ‘aw man, I wanted to wrestle. Now they’re going to have me inactive, and I was in active. I only probably wrestled three matches in the next year and a half. So being inactive and not bumping in the ring and not really training, my body got arthritic, and by the time I was wrestling for Vince, for WWE, I looked like an old man.”
WWE released Angle during their mid-April cost-cutting measures. Currently, he is a free agent, but it appears he won’t be heading to AEW.