WWE Hall of Famer and Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle retired from in-ring competition after losing to Baron Corbin at WrestleMania 35, but the man has kept himself busy with a prominent backstage role.
According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (h/t Ringside News), Angle is working with producers backstage to get a feel for the gig. The plan appears to be Angle to eventually become a full-time producer for WWE.
Angle did talk about his plans to stay on with the WWE in some form once his career ended. He excelled as the general manager of Monday Night Raw for 16 months, but WWE curiously decided to take him off that role last summer, when Stephanie McMahon sent him home on a "vacation."
After that, Angle wrestled a handful of matches before eventually deciding that it was time to hang up the cleats. The 50-year-old was extremely limited in the ring and unable to perform at the high level we had seen for two decades, so WWE had to book his matches to be short and sweet.
WWE booked Angle to go up against Corbin in his retirement match at WrestleMania 35, which the Hall of Famer surprisingly lost. Angle thanked the fans for all their love and support before exiting backstage - putting a close to his incredible wrestling career while opening the doors for his new role backstage.
The WWE is full of young talents now, and the vast majority of superstars from Angle's era are either retired or only wrestling part-time. Having his voice and input backstage for the new era of superstars should only lead to greater things, so it's easy to see why WWE is trying to prepare him for a powerful position backstage.
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It's nice to see that WWE is rewarding Angle with a nice gig backstage, especially after deciding to remove him from the Raw GM position - where he was succeeding. Angle has always been a great locker room voice and leader, so he should shine as a WWE producer.