Kurt Angle recently did an interview with Denise Salcedo of Instinct Culture to discuss a wide range of topics.
Angle returned to WWE where he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame before becoming the General Manager of Monday Night Raw. During his tenure into this role, WWE did a storyline where he was the father of Jason Jordan.
Although the pro wrestling legend did get to wrestle, it was not frequent, which ultimately took a toll on his body.
Angle lost to Baron Corbin into his farewell match at the WrestleMania 35 pay-per-view event into East Rutherford, NJ at MetLife Stadium on the WWE Network.
During the interview, the WWE Hall of Famer talked about his return to WWE and his final run with the company, which didn’t go the way he wanted.
“It didn’t go the way I wanted it to. Vince McMahon had an idea for me, I think he was looking at me as a liability, someone that was addicted to painkillers, someone that broke his neck 5 times. So, I think Vince didn’t have the same idea I did. I wanted to get a title run when I came back. I actually took a year off after I left TNA and I wrestled around the world. I did events into the U.K, Europe, Asia, Mexico, Arizona; I did a pay-per-view down there with Rey Mysterio. I wanted to have another title run and retire.
And Vince McMahon wanted me inducted into the Hall of Fame and I told him, ‘Well, I am not done wrestling’ and he said, ‘That’s okay’ And I said, ‘Well, you know eventually I would like to wrestle,’ and he said ‘We’ll get there.’ So, after the Hall of Fame, that night, after I had my speech, Vince McMahon came up to me and said, ‘You’re going to be the GM of Raw starting tomorrow.’ And I was like ‘Well, I still wanna wrestle,’ he said, ‘We’ll get you there.’ So, I think he did everything he could to kind of push that off. And when it was time for me to wrestle, I was doing the GM job for a year and a half; I was inactive, not bumping, not wrestling.
My body started getting arthritic, my neck tightened up, my back, my knees. Before I knew it, I got into the ring and I looked like an old man wrestling. And I knew that. Even though the company wanted me to continue to wrestle, I didn’t feel right about it for a couple reasons. One, I wanted to come back and have the title run, that wasn’t going to happen…”
Angle also talked about his favorite WWE stars, funny moments, and more. You can watch the entire interview by clicking on the player below:
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