Baron Corbin has discussed Kurt Angle wanting to share the ring with John Cena but finding himself opposite Corbin in his last match instead.
Corbin might be happy now lady luck is smiling on him once again but that pales into insignificance compared to how he felt when he found himself beating WWE Hall Of Famer Kurt Angle in Angle’s final wrestling match at WrestleMania.
At WrestleMania 35, Angle called time on his in-ring career, facing his loathed nemesis Baron Corbin in his final match. Angle has publicly stated since then that he had wanted to go out for his final bout against a man who shared the ring with Angle in their first-ever WWE match, John Cena.
Speaking to TalkSport, Baron Corbin has confirmed that he knows what Angle’s wishes were, and he doesn’t blame the Olympic gold medallist for wanting to go out with Cena:
“When you look at the guy, and not just what he’s accomplished in WWE, but what he’s accomplished in life, for him to step out… Yeah, everyone is going to have a dream match for their final match and I can’t ever imagine Kurt Angle was like ‘I want to wrestle Baron Corbin for my last match in WWE!’”
“He had history, he was Cena’s first match in WWE and I understand that completely. Who wouldn’t want to go out wrestling John Cena as their last match? It’s a phenomenal thing to do if you’re in the ring with him or Kurt – doesn’t matter.”
While the match might not quite have been what Kurt Angle had in mind, for Baron Corbin, it was a banner moment in his own WWE career:
“To me, it was more than I could have ever wished for to be in that position with Kurt, because he’s a living legend, Hall of Famer, gold medallist; you can list his accolades all day long and that’s who I got to share the ring with at WrestleMania, one-on-one. Most people fight their whole career for a one-on-one, singles match on the card at WrestleMania because it’s hard. It’s really hard to get on that show and be in a prominent spot, and I think I was.”
“To go out with a victory was something that surprised me. I would never have thought… I would have thought that Kurt was going to go out on a golden horse in front of everybody and give his salute. But I got the opportunity to get that victory and his kids were giving me the finger from the audience. It was amazing. I have the poster on my wall in the gym at home of everything. It’s a special thing I’ll always appreciate because I love Kurt as a person and a performer.”