As reported by Fightful Select, Kurt Angle has revealed that he was offered the chance to return to the ring by both AEW and IMPACT Wrestling following his retirement.
Fightful notes that Angle told them directly that he was offered the chance of a “run” with AEW after he retired from the ring at WrestleMania 35. However, Angle said that while he was flattered by the offer, he was unable to compete physically at the level he once did.
In addition to AEW, Angle also revealed that he was offered the chance at a comeback by former home IMPACT Wrestling. The former six-time TNA World Champion previously competed for the company from 2006 until 2016. This time, the offer was a “one shot deal” rather than an extended run. Despite Angle having a soft spot for the company, he explained that he never seriously considered the offer.
Fightful add that they haven’t confirmed either story with AEW or IMPACT themselves.
Speaking on a recent episode of his podcast, The Kurt Angle Show, the former WWE Champion gave an insight into his current physical condition. Angle described how he “didn’t care” about his neck injuries during his career, but admits he’s now paying a heavy price.
“I didn’t [care about my neck] even in WWE, I broke my neck four more times,” Angle said. “All I cared about was getting back into the mix. I’m paying for it now, I’m 52 years old and I’m in a lot of pain man. My knees, my back, my shoulders, my neck. I’m paying the full price for everything I did. I don’t regret what I did, the Olympics and with the broken neck and wrestling with a broken neck in the WWE and going to TNA and everything like that. You look back and second guess, maybe I went a little too hard. Think about it, I wrestled pro and amateur for 43 years, that’s a lot of time, a lot of years.”
The report comes off the back of news that former WWE Superstars CM Punk and Daniel Bryan could be about to arrive in AEW.
On the most recent episode of AEW Dynamite, Darby Allin appeared to call out Punk, saying that AEW is the place wrestlers come to prove themselves, even if they’re the “best in the world.”