WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle revealed on his podcast that there were indeed plans for him to return to television.
Before last week’s Royal Rumble pay-per-view, it was reported that Angle would be traveling to St. Louis, Missouri — the host city of the event. Royal Rumble was held inside The Dome at America’s Center. This naturally led to speculation that Angle would be a surprise entry in the 30-man Royal Rumble match. That never wound up taking place, however.
Speaking on a recent episode of The Kurt Angle Show (h/t WrestlingNews.co), the Olympic gold medalist explained that he went to the Royal Rumble as the company wanted him “to do a short program that they ended up canceling it at the last second.” Angle added they “had a great time”, as they got to visit Kim Orton, who’s close friends with his wife, Giovanna.
Angle added that he did some interviews for documentaries and took photos with fans. The former WWE Champion stated that his canceled program was scheduled to last three weeks, emphasizing that he isn’t signed to WWE right now.
The men’s Royal Rumble match greatly lacked in surprise entries. Shane McMahon was an unannounced “surprise” return, though many reports stated ahead of time that he would be back. Drew McIntyre had been out of action for almost a month with a neck injury before showing up unexpectedly as the No. 21 entry.
Angle returned to the WWE in 2017. Shortly after his Hall of Fame induction, the longtime fan favorite was named the new general manager of Monday Night Raw. He held that position for a year and four months while also wrestling occasionally.
After retiring from wrestling, Angle moved into a backstage producer role. He was let go as part of budget cuts in April 2020. WWE later offered him a job to manage Riddle on the main roster, but the Olympic gold medalist turned it down.
Kurt Angle’s Last WWE Match
Angle’s final match for WWE took place three years ago at WrestleMania 35. He lost a singles bout to Baron Corbin, who briefly served as the “Constable of Raw.”