Kurt Angle recently teased that he's close to retiring from in-ring action, admitting that father time has hit the Olympic gold medalist and 2017 Hall of Fame inductee.
On the Feb. 4 episode of Monday Night Raw, Angle was seemingly about to announce his retirement before Drew McIntyre and Baron Corbin came out to confront him. Braun Strowman came out to aid Angle, and the duo would defeat McIntyre and Corbin in a match later that evening.
Last week, Angle, Strowman and Finn Balor won a six-man tag team match over McIntyre, Corbin and Bobby Lashley. Now, we continue to sit and wait for Angle's inevitable last match in the WWE.
According to Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Radio (h/t Ringside News), WWE is talking about plans for Angle's final match - with WrestleMania possibly being the time and place for his sendoff match.
Angle recently turned 50 years of age and has admitted in the past that he's not able to perform in the ring as well as previous years. He's dealt with neck injuries and has had to limit his moves in the ring, so it truly does seem like the right time for the wrestling icon to hang up his boots after he performs one last match.
The Olympic gold medalist was introduced as the new GM of Raw in April 2017, and he held the position until August of last year. Stephanie McMahon sent Angle home and told him to take a "vacation," and he's only appeared on television sporadically ever since. It remains to be seen what his future will be in WWE once Angle wrestles his last match.
What This Means
Angle is making the right decision to go out on a high note and accept when it's time to retire. There's a long list of wrestling legends who prolonged their careers far too long, even though they were clearly washed up as in-ring performers. Angle knows not to fight father time, and he'll be one of the few great stars to go out on a very high note - perhaps on the Grandest Stage of Them All.