At the moment, it feels like not a day goes by without a new update on Kurt Angle's rumoured return to the WWE.
Speculation about an impending comeback has built up over the past few weeks, largely thanks to news that Angle and Triple H held a meeting recently.
Exactly what was discussed at that meeting remains unclear, but the multi-time champion has gone on record today to reveal two intriguing points that came out of his rendezvous with HHH.
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Speaking in an interview with Sports Illustrated, Angle reiterated that a meeting with the WWE had taken place, and even gave a tentative date for a return to the company he left in 2006.
That return, though, will not coincide with the impending Draft, as had been speculated in recent days:
"I had a talk with WWE,” Angle said, via Sports Illustrated. “It’s confidential. I will not be returning for the draft.
"Possibly in the future, most likely next year, but that is not a guarantee. It was a loose conversation, but I will be in touch with Triple H [Paul Levesque] in the future."
The interview backs up a statement the veteran wrestler made on his official Facebook account yesterday in which he denied the brand split had been a topic discussed at his meeting with Triple H.
Unlike that social media post, however, the Sports Illustrated comments do offer the WWE Universe some real hope that they will see Angle inside the company's squared circle once again.
The fact he is willing to go public with talk of a 2017 comeback is actually pretty significant considering only a few months ago there were stories about Vince McMahon's refusal to discuss an Angle return due to his checkered past with addiction and DUI's.
On that note, the four-time WWE champion revealed he has been clean for over three years now as he went into detail about how things spiralled out of control during his initial run in the WWE:
"I was at a company where everybody was drinking, and you were encouraged to drink with them," he told SI.
"That’s where the alcohol came in. I didn’t go crazy with it, but when you mix it with pills, it can make you do some really crazy things. It can make you careless. When I traveled, I was drinking and driving, and I got nailed a bunch of times."
With both the WWE and Kurt Angle in a very different place now compared to the legend's last match in the company, there looks to be a real chance a reunion will eventually take place.
WWE fans will, though, have to be a little more patient than they first hoped.
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