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Kurt Angle On Briefly Joining The Shield – “I Was A Fanboy”

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Kurt Angle has confessed that he “marked out like a fanboy” when he got the chance to become part of The Shield back in 2017.

On October 23rd 2017 at WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs, Kurt Angle competed inside a WWE ring for the first time in more than a decade. At the event, The Shield had been due to reunite to face Braun Strowman, The Miz, Cesaro, Kane and Sheamus. However, Roman Reigns was forced to miss the show, leaving the Hounds of Justice one member short.

Step forward Olympic gold medal winner, WWE Hall of Famer and Raw General Manager Kurt Angle. While Angle’s final run with WWE wasn’t exactly what he envisioned. The man himself couldn’t hide his delight at getting the opportunity to team with Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose.

Speaking during a recent Q&A on AdFreeShows, Angle reflected on his one night stint as part of The Shield. Angle said that he was marking out all the way to the ring, fondly recalling how much fun he had on the night.

“Yeah, I was marking out I was a fanboy. I was with The Shield up in the crowd and I’m like, ‘Holy shit. This is great. I’m actually part of The Shield tonight.’ I was all smiles even all the way in the ring. It’s just so much fun. You know, those guys, I’ve had a lot of respect for them over the years and the success they had was unparalleled. They’re one of the best factions in the history of wrestling, and to be a part of that one night was just a huge honour.”

After enjoying a victorious return to the ring, Kurt Angle’s career continued until WrestleMania 35 in 2019 where he was retired by Baron Corbin in a match he later described as “filler.”

Speaking on a recent episode of his podcast, Angle reflected on his decision to retire from in-ring competition. The WWE Hall of Famer admitted that his body simply wouldn’t allow he to do what he had always done.

H/t to Fightful for the transcription.