Kurt Angle was part of WWE’s April 15th releases. He is no longer with the company, but don’t count on the Olympic Hero coming out of retirement. He’s certainly not likely to show up in AEW at this point.
Angle’s in-ring career was finished with a match against Baron Corbin at WrestleMania. That wasn’t the match he wanted, but he’s also not getting that match against John Cena anywhere at this point.
While speaking to Wrestling Inc, Kurt Angle opened up about the chances that he’ll end up in AEW. He said that it’s “off the table.” He likes where he is in life. He wasn’t even expecting the return he did receive in WWE, and now he’s happy watching from the outside.
“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.”
“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.”
Kurt Angle’s former side business in the health food industry has taken off. Now he can devote more of his time to that business and his family. He worked very hard to entertain fans around the world for decades. That passion has never gone away, but Angle is happy with everything he has achieved and he doesn’t feel the need to prove anything else.