The Olympic gold medalist might appear again with the WWE following a long absence.
WWE officials have had conversations with Kurt Angle, 45, about returning to the sports-entertainment organization, sources within the company told PWInsider. He is currently a free agent as his contract with TNA recently expired.
PWInsider noted that one source claimed that Angle declined a full-time contract from WWE since he feels his body would not be able to handle a full-time touring schedule. Angle is only interested in returning to the company as a part-time wrestler and negotiations are currently ongoing.
Despite his talks with WWE, Angle is also more than open to returning to TNA if they can meet his terms. He feels that Dixie Carter personally and the organization as a whole were of great assistance to him as he dealt with personal matters in recent years.
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On August 25, 2006, Angle was released from his WWE contract due to health reasons and he debuted for TNA the following month. Angle stated in the 2008 TNA documentary, Kurt Angle: Champion, that he requested his contract release from WWE because he couldn’t take time off and was working hurt, severely on some occasions.
With all these rumors circulating about former legends showing up at WrestleMania 31, is Angle on your list? Even if he were just on a part time schedule? The superstar has put on amazing performances in the past. If healthy, he could have many more with the right talent.
Angle this past month spoke with AlternativeNation.net and shared some thoughts. Here are some highlights.
When he will retire:
“I can’t really say who I’m going with yet or what company I’m going to sign with. I am going to sign, but I’m going to just sign for 1 year, and that’s that. I think I’m pretty much done, I’m just going to have the best year I can have. Hopefully it’ll be my best year, then I’m going to retire.”
TNA’s TV future:
“Well at the TV’s we just did, Dixie Carter and ‘Big’ John Gaburick sat the talent down and eased their minds a little bit, because I think a lot of the talent were a little bit confused and nervous regarding what was going on. I had a private sit down with Dixie, she reassured me of what was going on, and what her plans were. It was a good meeting, it was a very positive meeting. She just knows that the next deal that they sign really has to help benefit TNA, in every regard.”
His recent talks with Vince McMahon:
“The only person that I really spoke my piece with, that I had a lot to do with in the past, and the problems I had and the way I left the company, I was able to speak my piece with Vince, and I’m happy with that. As long as Vince and I don’t have any issues, I’m okay with that. What I found out is that Triple H is pretty much running the show now. I didn’t know that, I really believed that Vince would always run the show until the day he died, but now they’re in a position as a publicly traded company where you’re not only answering to Vince and Triple H, you’re also answering to the shareholders.”
The WWE Hall of Fame:
“Yeah, like I said, I’m not going to say where I’m heading next, but the Hall of Fame would definitely be an option; I’m not going to count that out. It’s a big honor, it would be important to me. Is it the most important thing? No. Obviously being inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and International Wrestling Hall of Fame for Olympic style wrestling is the most important thing to me. But it is still important to me, because I’ve definitely made a legacy for myself in pro wrestling, and I take a lot of pride in it, I love the business. The Hall of Fame would be nice. Would it be the end of the world if I wasn’t inducted? No, but it would be an honor.”
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