Kurt Angle will always be in WWE's books as one of the finest World Champions in history.
Last year, it looked like he would make a return to the company, but sadly for many WWE fans it wasn't meant to be. WWE fans have been waiting a while to find out why Angle hasn't returned and now finally the former World Heavyweight Champion has explained why.
Angle talked to The Daily Mirror in the UK to promote the upcoming Slammiversary event and was asked why he chose TNA. As you can imagine, what he said is not what WWE fans will want to read.
Massive blow for WWE
"You know what, when it came down to it, I talked to both companies and it was an easy decision. From every perspective, from amount of dates, to the amount of money, to the amount of interest, it wasn't a hard decision - TNA trumped the WWE," Angle told the Daily Mirror.
"And for whatever reason, maybe the WWE didn't think I could still go, maybe they just wanted to start grooming younger talent, although they've obviously hired Sting, brought in Batista and brought guys back like Jericho.
"I don't know the full story, it could be anything, but when it came down to it I had my options open. I never said I was going to leave TNA and I never said I wouldn't go back to WWE, but when I looked at the best scenario for me, hands down it was TNA. It wasn't something I had to sit down and think about for hours, the writing was on the wall. It was TNA for one more year."
It was rumored that Kurt Angle was in line to be the one to finally defeat Rusev last year when he was on his unbeaten run and was still disrespecting the USA. Many thought this would be a fitting return for one of the best all around wrestlers in WWE history, but it seems the schedule was one of the main reasons Angle didn't sign.
"I don't think that Triple H and I have any problems with each other, I've always liked him. He's always treated me with respect and I've always treated him the same. There was a point when my manager talked to them and I believe they did say 'he would have to wrestle full-time'.
"That is not an option for me, not at this point in my career. So, whether that was part of it, honestly I just don't think they had that much interest in signing Kurt Angle at that point. For whatever reason, it could have been my mishaps in my past, it could have been that they didn't think I was healthy enough to go - and obviously I am - but we never got a full answer of why they couldn't give me what I wanted. And it wasn't just what I wanted, it was a reduced schedule, but there was no option."
Given the year WWE have had with Samoa Joe, The Rock, Ronda Rousey, Sting and The Undertaker all playing a big part in some of the greatest months of wrestling for WWE, the company wont be disheartened by the fact that Angle failed to return. WWE always have a plan B and they have proved that more than once.
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