Kurt Angle is one of the greatest in-ring performers in the history of professional wrestling. It’s no wonder that even later in his career, both WWE and AEW wanted to bring him in. Angle recently shared details on the offer he received from Tony Khan’s company.
A comeback at this point seems incredibly unlikely. Kurt Angle recently revealed that after a double knee replacement, his in-ring career is over. That doesn’t mean that AEW didn’t try to bring him in.
Speaking with NBC Sports Boston in a new interview, Kurt Angle said he was offered a 10-match deal to work for AEW. Unfortunately, the Olympic gold medalist was unable to do it due to his physical limitations. Angle said he doesn’t want to wrestle if he can’t be his old self.
“Well, you know what. They actually wanted me to wrestle in particular. Tony Khan gave me a call, wanted me to wrestle. They offered me a pretty good deal, but I just can’t do it anymore. I wish I could, but it’s just not possible.
They did offer me two different times, and they did want me to do an on-camera personality as well, or a non-wrestling role. I actually turned that down as well. I just wanted to start up my supplement company, so I wanted to put more time into that. So, I didn’t want to leave the company at this particular time, so I decided not to do it,” he said.
“They wanted me to have big special matches. They gave me a contract for ten matches, but they didn’t say how long it would be, so it might not have just been for a year. It might’ve been for three years, and I would’ve wrestled three matches a year. But I decided not to do it because of my supplement company, and the fact that I’m just not the same as I used to be. If I’m gonna go in there and wrestle, I want to be the old Kurt Angle, and I know I can’t be that anymore.”
Fans will always have to wonder what might have been had Kurt Angle gone to AEW. Instead, he is working on building his nutritional supplement company and trying to keep his new knees healthy. It will always remain one of wrestling’s huge ‘What if?’ situations.
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