WWE Hall Of Famer Kurt Angle has discussed their last run in the company and why he thinks there were those in WWE that saw the legend as a “liability.”
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.
One year later, Kurt Angle had the final match of his career at WrestleMania 35 when he was defeated by Baron Corbin.
Speaking to Chris Jericho on his Talk Is Jericho podcast, the Olympic gold medallist discussed that he had originally longed for a title reign during that final run of his career but thinks the company may have seen him as more of a hindrance due to his history of injuries and substance abuse:
“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.”
Kurt Angle last held championship gold when he was part of TNA in 2015. Angle’s sixth reign as TNA World Champion came to an end in June 2015 when he was defeated for the belt by EC3.