Following his retirement from in-ring competition at WrestleMania 35, Kurt Angle swiftly transitioned into becoming a producer backstage. However, the multiple time world champion left the company in April 2020 as part of cost-cutting measures associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since leaving WWE, Angle has launched his own nutrition business as well as recently joining the ranks at AdFreeShows where he hosts the Kurt Angle Show.
Speaking, on a recent episode of his new podcast, Angle explained how, due to being fairly new in his role, he wasn’t surprised to leave the company when he did, especially considering he was being paid more than the other producers.
“I wasn’t surprised, I knew when they were furloughing talent and employees I knew I’d be the first one,” Angle said. “I was the last producer to be hired and I had the least amount of experience, even though I am who I am. I’m not probably supposed to say this, but I was getting paid quite a bit more than the other producers. Thank god, it was kind of cool that Vince did that for me because I asked for a little bit more money so they granted me that. But that meant that if they were going to do furloughs, I was going to be the first one.”
“I wasn’t as experienced as the other guys and girls and I just knew I was going to be let go first. I wasn’t surprised by it, I actually texted Vince right away and said I understand why you did it. I understand because I’m inexperienced, making the most money and it just made sense.”
However, the Olympic Gold Medal winner went on to reveal that WWE had in fact asked him to return to the company only a month after his departure.
“They offered me a job a month later,” Angle said. “A few different jobs. They offered me to coach in NXT, they offered me a job to manage Matt Riddle, they offered me a Legends contract. I turned down all 3 because of my new company Physically Fit Nutrition.”
While Angle has expressed dissatisfaction with his retirement match, branding it “filler,” that hasn’t manifested itself in a desire to get back in the ring… yet. Following AEW’s announcement that they will unveil a “Hall of Fame” worthy talent at AEW Revolution, Angle uploaded a video to social media showing him putting on his ring gear, with the line, “to be continued.”
H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.
AEW Revolution takes place on March 7th. Viewers outside the United States can watch the pay-per-view via Fite TV.