WWE Executive Director Bruce Prichard has given his thoughts on why Kurt Angle wound up in TNA after leaving WWE in 2006 despite him saying he needed to rest and heal up.
In 2006, Kurt Angle’s time in WWE was coming to a close. Angle had won everything there was to win in the ring for the company and injury issues as well as addictions were wreaking havoc with Angle’s life.
Choosing to step away from WWE in August 2006, the former four-time WWE Champion wasn’t out of the wrestling game for long as in October of the same year he made his TNA debut confronting Samoa Joe.
“No [on whether or not he was surprised to see Kurt Angle in TNA]. I think Kurt was in denial and I think Kurt needed something. Kurt always needs something to do. So while Kurt may say with his mouth, ‘I need to rest. I need to do that. I need to rejuvenate. I need to do this to recover or what have you.’ He will say the right things, but Kurt’s drive will not allow him to sit and do the things necessary a lot of times.”
The Olympic gold medallist competed in TNA for a decade, winning a record-setting six TNA World Heavyweight Championships before returning to WWE as part of the Hall Of Fame Class of 2017. Angle then took up a role as the General Manager of RAW before competing at WrestleMania 34 alongside the debuting Ronda Rousey to face Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. Kurt Angle had his last match in 2019 at WrestleMania 35 where he lost to Baron Corbin. Angle recently suggested a list of names of stars he’d love to have tapped out but didn’t get to face during his career.