Kurt Angle will see his career as an active wrestler come to an end after WrestleMania 35, having decided to call curtains on quite the lengthy career.
Angle, who has achieved a lot on both sides of wrestling, has been alive for a half century and doesn't seem keen on continuing with life in the ring into his old age. He just wants to take care of his children now.
As things stand, Kurt won't be going out in the blaze of glory as his farewell match will be against Baron Corbin. But there are hopes he could be matched up with a higher profile opponent ahead of the year's biggest wrestling event.
“We’re heading to WrestleMania next month and I will have my retirement match. 50 years old, I’m ready to hang it up and I’m going to have my last match at WrestleMania,” the WWE Hall of Famer said during an appearance at the NCAA Wrestling Championships in his native Pittsburgh over the weekend.
“I had a great career. 20 years, I enjoyed every minute of it, I also enjoyed [wrestling] so I’ve been very blessed/ Win 13 world titles in professional wrestling and obviously I’ve won six National Titles and an Olympic gold medal and a World Championship in amateur wrestling. So I’ve been very blessed.
“I’ve had a great career. Now it’s time for me to settle down and take care of my kids.”
It took some convincing to get Angle to become part of the WWE after he won the Olympic gold medal for freestyle wrestling back in 1996 as he wasn't very open to the idea of becoming a professional wrestler. But he ultimately proved to be one of the company's best talents after joining up a couple of years later and he certainly has no regrets.
What This Means
Angle could have definitely continued wrestling well past his fifties had it not been for the lingering injuries which have blighted his career.
Despite being more active nowadays, following his stint as the general manager of Monday Night Raw, he has decided that the best thing would be to step away from the ring altogether.