Kurt Angle was never the most beloved wrestler during his initial run with the WWE between 1998 and 2006.
Whenever Angle came out to the ring he was plagued by chants of "you suck" in time to his instantly recognizable entrance music.
Despite all of this, a potential return to the WWE was hot talk among fans who were praying for a return of the big name star and former champion. However, the return unfortunately never happened and for the first time ever, Angle has revealed why.
Blame Triple H
The 1996 Olympic gold medalist had an exclusive interview with Sports Illustrated where he disclosed that it was Triple H, not Vince McMahon, who decided he wouldn't return to the WWE after nearly a decade away.
“Paul [Levesque] is in charge,” Angle said. “I found that out when I contacted Vince. I’ve always had a good relationship with Paul, so I didn’t consider that a problem. But he decided they had enough talent."
Angle was extremely close with Vince during his time at the WWE, with the company president taking Angle under his wing and developing him into the main event star he became.
In his quotes, Angle seemed so genuinely upset by his snubbing and went on to mention that McMahon would've bought him back in an instant rather than Triple H, who went as far as to cancel their meeting.
“For the Vince McMahon who I knew, enough was never enough. He always wanted more. I don’t know what was going on over there, but they even canceled our meeting. I never went to see them. They didn’t even sit me down and talk to me.”
Angle did however reveal that if he had made his return to the WWE he would have had an obvious match against Rusev, as well as a shock feud/match with fan favorite Daniel Bryan.
“The best match of the year would have been between myself and Daniel Bryan,” said Angle. “Rusev would have made sense, and Brock and I could have went at it again. There were just so many places to go. I don’t know if they just thought I was too old, but obviously they’re not watching our product. Triple H is the same age as me. It was hard, but at the end of the day, I’m really happy.
“Will I ever go back? I really don’t care. I’m happy to be here in TNA.”