The latest WWE rumors are suggesting that a legend is about to make his return to the fold — could it be true, then, that Kurt Angle is making a triumphant return to the WWE?
That’s the truth if you believe FanSided, who all but confirmed the latest WWE rumors about the modern-day wrestling legend. According to them, Angle recently went on The Ric Flair Podcast — hosted, of course, by legendary wrestler Ric Flair — and said that the conversations between himself and the company have been “very positive” and indicative of his potential return to the ring.
“It’s been a very loose conversation. They have interest, and I have interest. If I do go back to the WWE, it will most likely be next year, or the year after.”
Though it’s an unfortunate reality that there are many wrestlers that have died, either in the prime of their life or long before their time (wrestling does take a heavy toll on the body, after all), Angle is one of the few who have reached middle age in fighting-quality health. And while popular opinion may say that he’s too old to get in the ring, there are plenty of wrestlers his age, and older — such as Jerry Lawler, Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, The Undertaker, and of course, Flair himself — who have fought in the ring, and successfully so.
— Kurt Angle (@RealKurtAngle) August 28, 2016
Other WWE rumors surrounding Kurt Angle’s return to the ring involve who, precisely, his opponents could — or should — be. Paste Magazine recently sat down with Cody Rhodes — the son of “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes — who infamously left the WWE ignobly, and is now currently making a name for himself on the indie wrestling circuit, and independent of his legendary last name. Rhodes fought Angle in a match called Wrestling Under The Stars (put on by Northeast Wrestling, and held in Dutchess County, New York) on Saturday, August 27, and told Paste that he would love to return to the WWE to fight Angle again.
“Kurt was [gone from WWE by] 2007 when I got there. We were like ships in the night, passing by one another. I was young and clueless and he was frickin’ Kurt Angle. I honestly didn’t think [it would ever happen]. When Mike Lombardi at Northeast Wrestling booked this match, it just… [exhales]. It grabbed hold of my heart like a person gripping it as hard as they could, and I didn’t want it to let go.”
— TitleMatchWrestling (@RealTitleMatch) August 24, 2016
If WWE rumors about Angle prove to be true, he will certainly have plenty to say in his interviews. Wrestling Inc. recently sat down with the former Olympian to discuss the infamous fight between Brock Lesnar and Randy Orton at SummerSlam, and he certainly had plenty to say about the fight being unfair to the controversial Lesnar.
“The thing is with Brock, he’s always going to excel at whatever he does. The thing that happened with Randy Orton at SummerSlam, Brock’s a pro. He follows orders. He’s not the kind of guy to take things into his own hands. I really believe that that was set up. Whether it was or not, I don’t see Brock just going outside of a parameter and saying, ‘you know what? I’m going to open this son of a b***h up and beat the hell out of him. Screw Vince McMahon. Screw WWE. Screw the fans.’ Brock’s not like that.”
It’s safe, then, to say that Angle isn’t on the “dump Brock Lesnar” bandwagon that many WWE fans — and superstars — seem to be on since SummerSlam.
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