Kurt Angle has finally admitted that he'd hoped for a better farewell match than the one he had at WrestleMania 35 last month.
The 50-year-old, now retired, participated in his final match at the recent event and many found it to be underwhelming due to the fact that the legend went out via a loss to Baron Corbin. It had been expected that WWE would have had Angle face a legend such as himself or an established superstar as part of his swansong, but Corbin was the man.
Angle recently spoke to Wrestling Inc on the WINCLY podcast and explained why WWE chose to go that route, also admitting that it wasn't the match he'd hoped for although it was the match that should have happened.
“I don’t think it’s the match that I hoped for, I think it was the match that should have happened," he said.
"Baron and I had been doing a program for a year now. I decided that I wanted to retire at WrestleMania, so I kind of put Vince McMahon in a position. What does he do? Does he go with Barcon Corbin—who I was supposed to go with—or do we change it up to John Cena, AJ Styles, or whoever else. It wasn’t really anyone’s fault, it was just the timing was Baron Corbin and it was the right decision.”
Angle also revealed he has no plans to wrestle again but did not rule out a tag match with Jason Jordan.
“I don’t plan on wrestling again," he declared. "If something comes about, maybe my son, Jason Jordan, comes back and wants me to tag with him, maybe. But for the most part, I’m good. My body, I put it through hell the last twenty years. I know how I feel now and I know I want to have a quality of life after wrestling. Want to be able to play with my kids and hold them. I’m 50 years old, I’ve been wrestling amateur and pro for the last 45 years, so it’s time for me to step down.”
What This Means
Angle had previously claimed to be fine with the scheduled farewell match - even though everyone else (including his wife) was unimpressed.
He's finally admitted that he had hoped for something bigger but, as he says, the company gave him the match that needed to happen.