Kurt Angle Comments On Wrestling Again: "I Want To Keep That Option Open"
Angle retired in 2019
Kurt Angle has refused to rule out a return to wrestling, saying that while he does not necessarily believe it will happen he would like to keep the option open.
Angle retired from in-ring competition at WWE WrestleMania 35 in 2019 and has publicly admitted his decision came down to feeling like he had lost a step inside the squared circle.
The Olympic Gold Medallist notes that the COVID-19 Pandemic badly affected his physical health but is now working on making himself fitter than ever.
While the WWE Hall Of Famer has no plans to step back in the ring, Angle is not ruling it out either.
Speaking on the Kurt Angle Show, he said: "I gained a lot of weight during this Pandemic. I got up to 260 and I got my butt down to 210 pounds so I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been in even before the Olympics as far as looks, not on a conditioning level or a strength level. As far as how I look, this is the best I’ve ever looked and I’m really happy with my progress.
"Being out of wrestling the past few years, especially during the pandemic, I had a lot of physical problems. A lot of problems I had from not doing anything, not working out as much as I did, sitting all the time, nothing to do, being stuck at home. I started to have a lot of back pain and knee pain and it got to the point to where I was like I probably won’t wrestle again.
"I started training hard again to get my body back in shape and, not that I’m planning on wrestling, but I want to keep the option open. I’ve been training a lot of physical therapy training, working on my smaller muscles, my core, everything like that. I lost a lot during this pandemic, I couldn’t even walk in a straight line, my balance was off, my strength was off and I was going through a really difficult time. I went through a lot of depression too.
"With all of that, I’m trying to work myself into pretty good shape. I don’t expect myself to be what I used to be 10 years ago but I would take 5 years ago over anything. If I’m able to feel as good as I did five years ago, I will probably wrestle. But right now, I don’t plan on it."
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