Former WWE superstar Kurt Angle has been linked to a return to the organization for several months now as his TNA contract winds down. He was reportedly rebuked by Triple H in his attempt to manufacture a move this summer and drew anger from the WWE veteran by going above his head to hold talks with CEO Vince McMahon.
But, speaking in a recent interview with AlternativeNation.net, it looks like Angle may have been better of continuing to badger Triple H rather than aiming to convince the long time boss of the WWE.
"What I found out is that Triple H is pretty much running the show now," explained the Olympic Gold medalist when quizzed on his recent talks with Vince McMahon.
"I didn't know that, I really believed that Vince would always run the show until the day he dies, but now they're in a position as a publicly traded company where you're not only answering the Vince and Triple H, you're also answering to the shareholders."
What with the WWE's recent financial troubles and rumors of shareholder dissatisfaction it has become clear that Vince McMahon increasingly has to answer to a range of people as he continues at the helm of the business he helped make into a global brand.
There have even been some calling for him to step down. A far cry from Angle's time in the WWE when Vince McMahon wielded ultimate control and his word was the law.
And, even with Triple H's increasingly active role in front of the camera, it is still surprising to hear a veteran superstar reveal to just what an extent HHH holds sway over Vince outside of the ring.
Making peace with Vince
Angle's full interview can be found here and it is a must read for wrestling fans as the veteran goes into depth about his next contract and potential Hall of Fame future.
But it is his comments on Vince McMahon that are most intriguing.
Aside from discovering Vince's reduced role in proceedings, Angle also noted how his recent talks with the CEO allowed each man to get a few things of their chests:
"The only person that I really spoke my peace with, that I had a lot to do with in the past, and the problems I had and the way I left the company, I was able to speak my piece with Vince, and I'm happy with that.
"As long as Vince and I don't have any issues, I'm okay with that."
Kurt Angle, whilst proving popular with most fans, had his issues out of the ring during his time in WWE and was no stranger to confrontation with Vince McMahon because of that.
Entering the twilight of his career however it is clear that Angle is looking to make amends. Whether that means he will again be seen in the WWE before he calls time on his wrestling days remains to be seen.
Angle himself remains coy on where he will be wresting in the coming months.