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Kurt Angle On The Retirement Bout He’d Have Loved & His Body Wouldn’t

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Kurt Angle may have hung up his boots at WrestleMania 35 but the Olympic gold medalist has named the opponent for a retirement match that may have pushed his body past its limits.

Angle was speaking on a Q and A edition of The Kurt Angle Show podcast [first available early and ad-free at AdFreeShows.com] and discussed who his ideal final opponent would have been.

For Kurt Angle, he went back to a man he had one of his most brutal matches against all the way back in 2001, Shane McMahon.

Angle explained:

“Shane would have been a great retirement match, but I don’t know if I want to go through a match like that. An ‘Anything Goes Street Fight’ with Shane McMahon when I’m 50 years old? I don’t know how my body would hold out with that thing.”

Kurt Angle did have another name in mind that he says would have made better sense:

“I thought Cena made sense because I started his career and I thought Cena could end mine. so, it made better sense, but I would have done Shane McMahon. I just don’t know if I would have been up for (the physicality).”

Ultimately it was Baron Corbin that put the full stop on Angle’s career in 2019 in MetLife Stadium. Prior to that match Angle had gone on a farewell tour of sorts in WWE as he shared the ring with Apollo Crews and Chad Gable, as well as revisiting old rivalries one last time with Samoa Joe and AJ Styles.

Angle and Shane McMahon met in a gruelling Street Fight at King Of The Ring in 2001. That match lives in infamy for the moment where Angle tried time and again to throw McMahon through glass panels that were part of the set. Kurt Angle won that match which was his third of the evening as he failed in the final of the King Of The Ring tournament to retain his crown, losing to Edge.

Credit: The Kurt Angle Show via AdFreeShows.com

h/t Fightful for the transcription