Kurt Angle is a legendary wrestler for a variety of reasons, including his accomplishments as an Olympic gold medalist, a WWE Hall of Famer, and a nine-time TNA/Impact Wrestling champion with more than 1,500 matches under his belt. Could Angle have, however, included “AEW star” to that list of distinctions?

That was once very much a possibility because, according to his own admission, he had discussions with Tony Khan about joining the company in 2019 and even provided a figure for the amount necessary to close a deal, but for whatever reason (read: the $3 million asking price), that never transpired.

Would the Olympic gold medalist ever pull a Ric Flair or Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat and work one final match, perhaps as a member of AEW, though, with wrestlers who are far older than Angle wrestling matches to huge fan acclaim? According to what he said in his post-Christmas podcast, probably not.

Angle admitted, “Honest to God, you know, I spoke to Tony a couple of times” (source: Wrestling Headlines). I experimented and, you know, tossed some outlandish numbers at him to see if he would bite. But Tony is a decent man. He really enjoyed my work. He claimed that he wanted me in his organization since I was one of his favorite wrestlers. I imagine he was a big wrestling fan when he was younger. I was thinking about it, but I have such a strong bond with the WWE today.

They and I have a pact for nostalgia. I work with WWE on a lot of television content. So, regrettably, I don’t think it will happen, but I’m content with my current situation. When I reflect, I see that I left the WWE in 2006 and returned in 2017.

A small part of me wishes I had stayed in TNA, but I don’t regret it because I had a terrific career there. What kind of career I would have had if I had stayed in the WWE for another 11 years is beyond for me to fathom. I’m just glad to be where I am right now, you know.

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Unfortunate? While Kenny Omega‘s long-held desire to collaborate with Angle is now likely to never come true, WWE fans may still hold onto their hopes since the “Olympic Hero” would be happy to return to the ring for The Fed in a bout versus Shane McMahon… for the proper price.

Oh my, that’s difficult. The man would have to be quite wealthy, according to Angle (via The Sports Rush). “I’m looking at around $10 million. WWE was able to afford it.

Angle is technically true in that WWE may pay $10 million for about, but what are the chances of facing Shane McMahon? That certainly doesn’t make much sense. Fortunately, Angle has talked about two wrestlers who, despite having knee replacement surgery earlier this year, he thinks may help him get through a match.

 

Kurt Angle names his dream WWE partners for a comeback match.

Though Angle is unlikely to return to the ring anytime soon—again, he recently underwent knee surgery—if WWE were to bring him back, who would he want to face at WrestleMania 40, when the greatest event of the year will be held in his native Pennsylvania? Fortunately, Angle made the decision to discuss exactly that on another edition of his podcast, presenting three different opponents for either a singles match or as part of a multi-man upper-card showdown.

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“Oh, man. Well, I’m not really that dumb,” Angle remarked (source: Fightful). “Since I’m a little older, I’m going to make sure it’s a young guy. I took a small step backward. I’d have to choose Ricochet or AJ Styles because I truly liked that young man. I believe that we would make a fantastic fit.

Braun Strowman is one of the bigger guys. I would adore a match with Braun. For his size, he is incredibly athletic. His athleticism makes me think of Brock Lesnar quite a bit. Although he isn’t quite as athletic as Brock, he comes close. But I believe those people could get me through that battle very effectively.

Do any of the matches have a value of $10 million? Eh, probably not, but hey, if the two parties can reach a financially advantageous agreement, getting Angle back in the ring, especially as a part of a multi-man match with the likes of Ricochet, Strowman, and Styles – plus Gable Steveson for good measures too – could draw money, as “The Olympic Hero” is ratings draw for TV and could likely bring in a few extra eyes to WrestleMania too.

 

 

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