It seems like there’s a new rumor every week about the future plans of former Olympic gold medalist, WWE Champion and TNA Hall of Famer Kurt Angle. Sometimes he’s sticking with TNA, sometimes he’s dropping hints that he’d like to wrestle Daniel Bryan and Rusev before he retires.
In an interview on Mark Madden’s radio show on 105.9 The X, Angle made his future plans clear: He’s taking a break from pro wrestling next year.
Angle said he’s “close to 100 percent healthy” and will appear at TNA’s Bound for Glory pay-per-view event in Charlotte, North Carolina, but that when his contract is up, he will not re-sign. He made sure to note that he’s not pursuing a deal with WWE, either. This is a full-on break, the first of its kind for Angle (not including surgery, employment gaps and various injuries) since he started.
It’ll be interesting to see where Angle goes from here. He’s one of those guys who deserves credit for the work and entertainment he gave WWE in the early 2000s, but hasn’t been able to get it because of his association with TNA. When it comes to wrestlers who built a foundation for the sport in the decade, it’s hard to find someone more proven or worth the credit than Kurt.
We’ll keep you update on the story, including the “Kurt Angle’s sabbatical only lasted two weeks and he showed up at this Global Force Wrestling show” followup most of us are expecting.