Kurt Angle Wants To “Keep The Option Open” For Wrestling Return

Kurt Angle wearing a suit with a WWE microphone

WWE Hall Of Famer Kurt Angle has refused to rule out a return to wrestling, although that’s only if he can feel as good as he did five years ago.

Although Kurt Angle said that he has no immediate plans to step back inside the squared circle, he did shed some doubt on the statement that his last match was on 7th April 2019 at WrestleMania 35.

The Olympic gold medallist has been vocal since that night about what happened on his final run. Having lost to Baron Corbin, Kurt Angle commented on the fact that his retirement match was seen as “filler” and that he was disappointed he didn’t have one final run with the World Championship.

Although in the past he has said that he had no plans to return to the ring at all, on a recent episode of The Kurt Angle Show he cast some doubt on the situation.

The former World Champion spoke of his difficulties during his the pandemic and put on weight, although he has now been able to turn it all round.

I gained a lot of weight during this pandemic. I got up to 260 and I got my butt down to 210 pounds so I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been in even before the Olympics as far as looks, not on a conditioning level or a strength level. As far as how I look, this is the best I’ve ever looked and I’m really happy with my progress.

Kurt Angle went on to discuss how some of these issues were caused by his time being inactive from wrestling.

Being out of wrestling the past few years, especially during the pandemic, I had a lot of physical problems. A lot of problems I had from not doing anything, not working out as much as I did, sitting all the time, nothing to do, being stuck at home. I started to have a lot of back pain and knee pain and it got to the point to where I was like I probably won’t wrestle again.

He went on to discuss that he has no immediate plans to return to the squared circle, but wants to keep the option open for the future.

I started training hard again to get my body back in shape and, not that I’m planning on wrestling, but I want to keep the option open. I’ve been training a lot of physical therapy training, working on my smaller muscles, my core, everything like that. I lost a lot during this pandemic, I couldn’t even walk in a straight line, my balance was off, my strength was off and I was going through a really difficult time. I went through a lot of depression too.

With all of that, I’m trying to work myself into pretty good shape. I don’t expect myself to be what I used to be 10 years ago but I would take 5 years ago over anything. If I’m able to feel as good as I did five years ago, I will probably wrestle. But right now, I don’t plan on it.

Kurt Angle spoke in 2021 of his day-to-day struggles with pain and how he didn’t care about his neck injuries whilst he was competing. He also discussed how he has received multiple offers from AEW since leaving WWE and how he now knows it was the right decision to leave the company in 2006.

With thanks to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.