WWE Hall Of Famer Kurt Angle has explained why he can’t criticise WWE Chairman Vince McMahon for releasing him from his WWE contract in 2020.
Angle returned to WWE in 2017 when he was inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame before a run as the General Manager of Raw. This run led Angle to a well-received tag team bout at WrestleMania 34 where he joined Ronda Rousey in defeating Triple H and Stephanie McMahon.
Kurt Angle had his last match one year later at WrestleMania 35 when he was defeated by Baron Corbin. From there the Olympic gold medallist worked as a producer backstage but as he told Chris Jericho on his Talk Is Jericho podcast, the job was not his forte:
“I took the job as a producer/agent. I did it for a year, I wasn’t very good at it. The thing is, I don’t like computers and you have to use a damn computer all the time. Vince is like, ‘Kurt, open up your computer.’”
“I don’t even know how to do this thing. I was good at giving the guys ideas for the matches but I wasn’t really a quality producer. So when the pandemic hit I was one of the first ones let go and I don’t blame Vince for that.”
Angle added that he had hoped to have one more title reign during his time back in WWE but says he thinks the company saw him as a liability:
“I was hoping to have a title reign. But I think the company felt I was a liability. The pain killer thing, the injuries I was having, my broken necks. I broke my neck four times in WWE.”
“So, I don’t think Vince had plans for me wrestling too much. I think he was more protecting me than allowing me to go ahead and wrestle. I understood that but I didn’t necessarily agree with it.”