When Kurt Angle was announced as a part of the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2017 back in January, his 11-year absence from the company officially came to an end.
For most fans, the move would be the first in a line of smaller signs that they might get to see one of their old favourites back in a WWE ring for the first time in over a decade.
With his last match coming in 2006, the entire process has been highly anticipated by the fanbase for years now.
On Tuesday night, they inched even closer to seeing the Olympic gold medalist back in action at Vince McMahon’s company.
He recently told the world that he spoke to the WWE’s head man for the first time in 11 years on an interview for the WWE Network called “Bring It To The Table.”
Then he was spotted backstage before SmackDown as he was taping another video piece for the WWE as a part of an upcoming WWE 24 special.
In it, the six-time world champion reflects on the warm reception he received from his former boss when the two saw each other for the first time. The emotion on display makes it absolutely clear that this ceremony and the honor mean the world to Angle.
When pictures first surfaced of the Olympic Hero backstage, many fans believed that Tuesday was going to be the day that marked his return to television programming with the company.
He left before the show started and that may have taken the air out of some fans’ sails, but that means that the company isn’t afraid to have the legend back in the fold at all.
While the big return didn’t happen, the trail of breadcrumbs is leading closer and closer to a moment where he will appear on the programming as a performer once again.
The heat for Angle will be on full blast after WrestleMania concludes in Orlando at the end of the month. Many people suspect that some of the part-time talent like John Cena and Chris Jericho will be leaving for a while.
Angle could conceivably step into that void in what would be both a huge win for the company and a huge win for the fans that tune in every week at home.
That day is still off on the horizon but little moments like this week’s SmackDown appearance make it clear that a return is inevitable at this point.
After such a long wait, any acknowledgement is going to be absolutely worth it.
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