Kurt Angle was arguably on the best run of his WWE career in 2005-2006. He was simply known as the ‘wrestling machine’ and had tremendous matches with almost any WWE Superstar at that time. His matches against Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania 21 and The Undertaker at No Way Out are still considered classics.
However, Angle’s body had gone through a lot of wear and tear by then. He also had a problem with substance abuse at that time. Angle simply couldn’t compete at the same level as a full-time WWE Superstar. Due to all these reasons, he left WWE.
The Olympic Gold Medalist eventually made his shocking debut in TNA Wrestling back in 2oo6. This decision was not taken well by those in WWE. While speaking on his show alongside Paul Bromwell, Kurt Angle revealed he was still bitter about WWE when joining TNA back in 2006. This was reflected in his media appearances for TNA where he largely talked about WWE instead.
“No I wasn’t, I shouldn’t have been doing media appearances. I still was bitter at WWE. Most of my conversations with the media were about WWE instead of TNA.
And the reason I was there was to promote TNA. So I wasn’t in the right state of mind at that particular time.”
Angle eventually made his return to WWE back in 2017 after a decade-long run in TNA. Kurt Angle is enjoying his life in retirement after WrestleMania 35. We certainly wonder if he will make his return to pro wrestling one way or the other.