Kurt Angle opened up about how WWE felt he was a liability during his final in-ring run with the company. The Olympic Hero admitted that he aimed to win a championship during his final WWE run.
Kurt was appointed the Raw General Manager in April 2017. He made a comeback to the ring at that year’s TLC pay-per-view for his first WWE match in 11 years. Kurt wrestled a total of 19 matches between October 2017 and 2019. He made his in-ring retirement following WrestleMania 35 and hasn’t worked a match since.
While speaking on Talk is Jericho, Kurt Angle said that he believes the company wanted to protect him with his history with injuries.
“I was hoping to have a title reign, but I think the company felt I was a liability. The pain killer thing, the injuries I was having, my broken necks. I broke my neck four times in WWE. So, I don’t think Vince had plans for me wrestling too much. I think he was more protecting me than allowing me to go ahead and wrestle. I understood that but I didn’t necessarily agree with it.”
Earlier this year, Angle received offers from AEW and IMPACT to come out of retirement. After his long run with wrestling, he didn’t seriously consider the offers. He is exhausted both physically and mentally to get back in the ring.
Just recently, Kurt has stated wants to return to WWE as a manager. He is interested in managing Gable Steveson.
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