Kurt Angle's homecoming to the WWE has been celebrated by the company and fans, but it wasn't always a sure thing they'd come together again.
Angle became a megastar when he joined the WWE, becoming one of the greatest in-ring performers of all-time. That he could match his in-ring brilliance with top notch microphone skills made him one of the best to ever do it.
Angle's opened up about his first meeting with Vince McMahon since his departure back in 2006 several times since the Hall of Fame announcement was made, but he went into further detail in a new interview.
“We met and the first thing he did was embrace me,” Angle told Brian Fitz of Sporting News.
“He hugged me like I was his son. It got really emotional. We didn't leave on the best terms. It wasn't bad terms, but there were some angry remarks, especially from my side and Vince was frustrated with me, with everything going on at that point in time."
That's a beautiful thing between two men who, for years, worked toward the goal of making the WWE great. Angle left the WWE in August of 2006, stating he needed time off to focus on his health. He went on to sign a contract with rival promotion TNA,
Vince and Angle were able to bury the hatchet immediately, and now the WWE is moving full steam ahead with the former WWE champion back in the fold.
Angle hasn't committed to what comes next for him after the big WrestleMania weekend Hall of Fame Induction, but with all of the anticipation built up around the returning Olympic Hero, it's hard to imagine the WWE doesn't capture the moment.
Fans waiting to hear Angle's music hit for the first time during a WWE show may have their wish granted, too. By the sound of things, McMahon was all-in for the return of one of the WWE's prodigal sons right out of the gates.
“To be able to come back and Vince say just let it go, let everything in the past go. We're here now, there's nothing you need to worry about that occurred in the past. Just worry about right now and the future. We have some wonderful plans for you in the future.”
The WWE Hall of Fame ceremony is Friday, March 31 in Orlando. Angle headlines the class, and the decision to have John Cena induct him makes it an even bigger event. It's true, it's true.
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