Even though it didn't go down as a win in the win/loss column, in a recent interview, Kurt Angle admitted he would have liked to walk away with the victory in his retirement match at WrestleMania 35.
Kurt Angle wrestled his last match in professional wrestling (at least as a roster member for WWE) at this year's WrestleMania versus Baron Corbin. While a number of fans were upset with the choice of opponent, Kurt Angle was not as disappointed with who he faced as he ultimately was with the result.
Corbin got the surprising win in the match which was a good way to get him over as a heel but speaking to fans in a Q&A session on his Facebook page (via Fightful), Angle admitted that he would have rather had won his match against Corbin. He gets his job as a veteran is to help put over the upcoming talent and he was happy enough to do so, but he wishes WWE would have chosen things to go another way.
“Honestly? My Wrestlemania 35 match. I would have liked to go out with a win, but I understand why it didn’t occur... I would have loved to have won, but I don’t think I would have properly played my role if I did. You leave the company better than it was before you came.”
This isn't the only disappointment Angle felt based on the way WWE booked his final match. He admitted in a separate interview that he would have liked to face John Cena based on the way Cena came into WWE, but Cena was booked to interrupt Elias. Again, it was something Angle accepted as just the way things fell.
What This Means
Angle is an ultra professional. He gets his role as a retiring vet is to often go out on your back and no matter who the chosen opponent, his job was to make that person look as strong as possible. While this might not have been what Angle wanted for his last match, no one can say he didn't do the right thing.