WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle has done a lot in his long and illustrious career, as many consider him to be one of the true GOATs of professional wrestling. He also had a stellar career in TNA after leaving WWE, but it appears Angle constantly thought about returning to WWE while in TNA.

In 2006, Kurt Angle debuted what arguably became his best gimmick, as he was simply known as the ‘Wrestling Machine.’ However, he would also end up leaving WWE that tear and make his way to TNA shortly afterwards.

Kurt Angle remained in TNA/Impact Wrestling for a decade before returning to WWE in 2017. While speaking with Chris Van Vliet, the Olympic Gold Medalist admitted that he constantly thought about returning to WWE while in TNA.

“Yeah, I thought about it all the time. Don’t get me wrong, I really love TNA. The thing is, when I started thinking about going back to WWE, was when the money started running out, and people are getting let go, or people were getting laid off. And, you know, I signed my last contract with them. I think it was for five more years. And I figured you know what, after this contract is up, they probably won’t have the money to pay me because they were paying me seven figures, and it was a part-time deal. So I knew that they probably wouldn’t give me that money that I was making.


So I figured you know what it’s time to think about going back to WWE. And I also want to go back because I wanted to go back for the fans and to thank them, the WWE Universe, because I had six and a half Incredible Years in WWE. And I wanted to go back and thank the fans personally and perform for them before I retired.”

Kurt Angle also regretted not having huge merchandise sales like Steve Austin and John Cena. He also ruled out an in-ring return as he will be needing shoulder replacement surgery. We’ll have to wait and see what’s next in store for Angle.

What do you think of what Kurt Angle had to say? Do you prefer his WWE or TNA run? Sound off in the comments!

Subhojeet Mukherjee

Subhojeet is a professional wrestling fan for over 22 years. He got captivated by the sport during the Monday Night Wars and has a passion for it ever since. He also enjoys TV shows, movies, anime, novels and music, which broadens his perspective and appreciation for wrestling. He is a knowledgeable and respected voice in the industry.

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