Kurt Angle Reveals He Turned Down Wrestling Role In AEW
Did Tony Khan offer Kurt Angle a chance to return to the ring? Oh, it's true.
WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle has revealed that he turned down an offer to return to the ring.
Speaking with NBC Sports Boston, the Olympic gold medalist told Steve Fall that he had been approached numerous times by All Elite Wrestling, before he officially decided to call time on his active career.
Discussing the negotiations with AEW, Angle said:
"They actually wanted me to wrestle, in particular. Tony Khan gave me a call, 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 did want me to do on-camera personality as well, a non-wrestling role, I actually turned that down as well. I wanted to start up my supplement company and put more time into that and didn't want to leave the company at this particular time, so I decided not to do it".
With regards to the proposed schedule, Kurt claimed that it would have been a ten-match deal spread over three years. Angle ultimately turned it down due to a combination of factors:
"They wanted me to have big special matches. They gave me a contract for ten matches, they didn't say how long it would be. It might not have been for a year, it might have been for three years and I would have wrestled three matches a year. I decided not to do it because of my supplement company, and the fact that, I'm not the same that 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".
Angle's last match was a loss to Baron Corbin at WrestleMania 35.