WWE’s show of shows is coming up after the company takes another trip to Saudi Arabia. WrestleMania 38 might see some slight alterations as the event approaches, but Kurt Angle is not in the mix. Although it might not be his version of the story, he was actually never booked.

On a recent edition of his podcast, Kurt Angle said that he was booked for a three-week program into WrestleMania 38. Then WWE nixed those plans.

“I went to the Royal Rumble. The WWE wanted me to do a short program that they ended up canceling at the the very last moment, but we went to the Rumble, my wife and I. I also did some documentary interviews the day before, a photo op with the fans, but I want to make it clear I am in no way signed to WWE. They were going to sign me anyway. It was going to be a three-week program. It got canceled, but you know, my obligation is to do the show, the Kurt Angle Show, and that’s it.”

We have learned that is not entirely the case, but there is also some truth to what Kurt Angle said.


Ringside News was informed by a tenured member of the creative team that Kurt Angle was never scheduled for a Mania storyline. He was brought in for the Royal Rumble to do “documentary interviews and such.”

There was an idea for Kurt Angle to make his way back to television, but it was never given the green light. We were told that “the three week program he’s talking about was a pitch, but never anything Vince signed off on.”

We might see Kurt Angle make a return to WWE programming at some point, but things didn’t seem to work out this time around. We were not able to confirm what the proposed program was for Kurt Angle, but we are working to find out more details.

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H Jenkins

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