Kurt Angle is very interested in becoming an in-ring performer with WWE according to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer. Angle himself is said to be trying to negotiate a deal that would see him work major events — similar to what Shawn Michaels worked late last decade.
This isn’t major news; last month on the Jim Ross Podcast, Angle made the proclamation that he would like to end his career in WWE. He also claimed his next contract would probably be his last. The bad news for Angle, however, is that WWE isn’t interested at this time. Vince McMahon himself is reportedly not high on the idea of Angle being back in a wrestling role.
Two factors come to mind with why the WWE would not want the talented performer: 1.) Angle has had issues in the past with substances that go against the WWE Wellness Policy. Legal issues regarding domestic abuse and driving under the influence have also haunted him. On JR’s podcast, he appeared to be in a much better place mentally, but this is still baggage. 2.) In a time when WWE is trying to cut back on their budget, signing another part-time wrestler like Angle wouldn’t make much sense. He was at the top of their payroll before he was released in 2006 and would probably demand a salary that would be costly
I, for one, would love to see Angle end his career in WWE. A performer with his ability could give young talent like Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns and Cesaro the best matches of their WWE careers. A long-term feud with Angle could cement a worker at the top of the card. Angle’s TNA contract is up near the end of September. It may take some time convincing the WWE brass, but if they come to terms by January, a Royal Rumble moment writes itself in Angle’s home state of Pennsylvania.
Rusev, still a monster heel, goes on a tear eliminating midcard fodder and is left alone in the ring. Lana laughs at the force of her massive Russian brute on the outside of the ring. The countdown clock ticks down, 3, 2, 1. Angle’s music hits, the crowd explodes and the American Hero saves us from the communist swine!
Sure it’s fantasy booking, but a guy can dream.