WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle has explained why he has turned down multiple offers to join AEW, including one which would have seen him lace up his boots again.
Kurt Angle put a bow on one of the most spectacular wrestling careers of all time with a loss to Baron Corbin at WrestleMania 35 in 2019.
Angle had won everything there was to win in WWE becoming the fifth Grand Slam Champion in company history. After heading to TNA, Angle also conquered that promotion, holding the TNA World Championship on six occasions. These titles are of course in addition to Kurt Angle’s biggest title of all, his Olympic gold medal that he of course won with a broken freakin’ neck.
Appearing on The Ten Count on NBC Sports Boston, Kurt Angle revealed that he had been offered the chance to extend his pro wrestling career by AEW. One offer would have seen Angle sign up to wrestle ten matches for the company but Angle explained why it just wasn’t for him:
“They actually wanted me to wrestle in particular. Tony Khan gave me a call, they wanted me to wrestle. They offered me a pretty good deal but I just can’t do it anymore. I wish I could but it’s just not possible.”
“They did offer me two different times, they wanted me to do an on-camera personality as well or a non-wrestling role. I actually turned that down as well. I wanted to start up my supplement company, I want to put more time into that so I didn’t want to leave the company at this particular time so I decided not to do it.”
“[AEW] wanted me to have big, special matches. They gave me a contract for ten matches, they didn’t say how long it would be so it might not have been for just a year, it might have been for three years and I would have wrestled three matches a year but I decided not to do it because of my supplement company. And the fact that I’m not the same as I used to be. If I’m gonna go in there and wrestle I want to be the old Kurt Angle and I know I can’t be that anymore.”
h/t Inside The Ropes