Wrestling royalty Kurt Angle has talked frankly about the looming prospect of finally ending a 16-year career in the ring and insisted 2016 will in all probability be his last as an active performer, but not before revealing he's not closed the door on a potential swansong in the WWE.
Angle last appeared in WWE way back in 2006, moving to TNA in a switch that he insists allowed him to expand a tremendous career at the top of the industry by working with the likes of Sting, Samoa Joe and Bobby Roode.
The 46-year-old ended speculation over his future by signing a rolling 12-month with TNA late last year, but that doesn't mean WWE fans won't see the Olympic Gold medallist back in the big leagues should the right opportunity present itself.
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Time will come to talk terms later this year
During a wide-ranging interview on the MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani the subject of what lies beyond the current TNA contract was tentatively broached, with an honest response surely something Vince McMahon will pay attention to.
Angle said: "I signed in December (with TNA), from January to January 1st next year. I signed a one-year deal. I've been debating it but I think its time for me to hang it up. If I do go for one more year that will be it.
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Never say never in wrestling
"Where I am now, I'm OK going out the way I'm doing it. I've had a great career in WWE and a great career in TNA, I can honestly say I've had a better career in TNA and a lot of WWE fans haven't seen that. That does suck but TNA fans have seen Kurt Angle at his best.
"I feel good about going out with TNA. If I do decide to go to WWE next year than that will definitely be my last year. Right now I'm happy where I am."
Angle has rebuffed all kinds of offers to stay surprisingly loyal to TNA over the last eight years, including the overtures of UFC president Dana White and a host of other MMA organisations.
The lure of one last run in the WWE would surely be too much to turn down though, particularly when legends like Sting, Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker continue to work for big bucks on contracts with limited appearances for Vince McMahon.
With Lesnar's future very much uncertain and The Undertaker surely close to retirement Angle is one of very few top-level stars who could be available to boost McMahon's roster next year, which means there's still a possibility the pair could reach common ground to give Angle the platform his final matches deserve.
WWE fans, would you like to see Angle have one more run in the company next year? Do you feel like McMahon missed an opportunity to sign a top star back in December when he was a free agent? Let us know your thoughts in the comment box below.
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