Will Kurt Angle be the next major superstar the WWE brings back?
Apparently, Vince McMahon’s hesitate about re-hiring the former WWE champ because he gets injured a lot. He also doesn’t believe Angle can handle a heavy workload because it will increase his risk of injury. Angle’s also had substance abuse issues and McMahon’s worried something will happen to him while he’s under contract. Such an event would be a lot of bad press. Angle’s won a gold medal at the Olympics and he’s a very high-profile athlete.
A photo posted by Kurt Angle (@therealkurtangle) on May 14, 2016 at 9:30am PDT
Angle recently gave a very open interview to The World According to Wrestling. He talked about legal issues and cited them as a reason the company doesn’t want him back:
“Well, for one, I don’t want to go back right now. Two, between 2008 and 2013, I got four DUIs. As a publicly traded company, it doesn’t matter if you’re Kurt Angle, Stone Cold Steve Austin or The Undertaker, when you get involved in that kind of trouble consistently, that’s the last thing they need. So when I did try and go back a year and a half ago, I think they were thinking “Let’s see how he pans out, let’s see if he can stay clean, let’s see if he got his shit together” so I think that’s part of it. I don’t blame them for that. I actually knew ahead of time that they were most likely going to say no. And I knew it was because of my own actions. But being clean now for three years and abiding by what I have to, I know that there will come a time where I will go back.”
It’s been two years since Angle got into any legal trouble. He’s working again and training other wrestlers. He seems clean.
Many wrestlers have gotten into legal trouble and worse throughout their careers and still managed to make returns to the WWE.
A photo posted by Kurt Angle (@therealkurtangle) on Apr 30, 2016 at 1:40pm PDT
While Vince might not be keen on Angle’s return, Triple-H might be. He’s reportedly meet with Angle on more than one occasion in the last couple months. In 2018, WrestleMania will be in Angle’s home state. If a retirement match is going to happen, that’s the most likely place for it.