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Kurt Angle Discusses Turning Down Managing Matt Riddle

Kurt Angle announcing Matt Riddle's move to SmackDown.

In a new interview with PWInsider, Kurt Angle has revealed why he turned down the chance to manage Matt Riddle earlier this year.

After initially leaving the WWE as part of the budget cuts back in April, Kurt Angle appeared as a special guest referee for the cage match between Matt Riddle and Timothy Thatcher a month later. Before announcing on SmackDown that Riddle would be joining the blue brand. However, that’s where the on screen relationship between the two started and ended. Although an offer was made to Angle to mange Riddle going forwards, he turned it down. Citing a couple of reasons in particular.

“One was my company I started needed my attention 100%, especially with the virus thing and I had to just be there for the company and the other thing was the money, it just…it wasn’t enough. I wasn’t going to manage somebody for the amount of money they wanted to give me.”

The Olympic Gold Medallist goes on to agree with interviewer Dave Scherer, that to take the risk of travelling during the pandemic especially with having small children, he would need to be “paid significantly” or it just wouldn’t be worth it.

Elsewhere in the interview, Angle talks about numerous topics including his match with Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania 19. As well as his current health situation and turning down an offer from UFC in 1997.

This is the latest in a series of interviews and media appearances Angle has made in recent weeks. Including returning to WWE programming, with an appearance on The Broken Skull Sessions with Stone Cold Steve Austin to discuss his life and career. While he has also been confirmed for Chris Jericho’s Rock ‘N Wrestling cruise, which is set to take place on the 21st to the 25th October next year.