Kurt Angle Names One Match That Would Get Him Out Of Retirement
Kurt Angle is happily retired from wrestling, but he does have one match type that could bring him out of retirement.
It was way back at Survivor Series 1999 when Kurt Angle had his first televised WWE match. Twenty years later at WrestleMania 35 in 2019, Angle had his last match when he lost to Baron Corbin.
In between his first WWE match and his last match, Angle had an incredible that saw him get inducted into the WWE & TNA/Impact Wrestling Hall of Fame while fans all around the world think of him as one of the greatest wrestlers of all time. Whether he was a face or a heel, a serious guy or there to provide a laugh, Angle truly could do it all.
Wrestling fans also know that Kurt Angle won his 1996 Olympic Gold Medal in wrestling with a “broken freakin’ neck” that broke a few more times during his wrestling career. Angle also had major knee surgery last year and upcoming surgery on his back too.
While Kurt Angle has no intention of having another pro wrestling match again (“never say never” does apply in this business), he did say on a recent episode of The Kurt Angle Show about The Undertaker that he’d be open to a cinematic match that was pre-taped. During the show, Angle talked about how much he ended the WrestleMania 36 Boneyard Match between The Undertaker and AJ Styles, which was Taker’s last match even though it wasn’t in a ring.
“What I loved about it is it was pre-recorded. I think that those guys — the sky was the limit with what they could do because every spot could have been filmed at different times. I think that was brilliant because, at the time, Undertaker was coming back, and he’s getting older… I think they did the right thing.”
Kurt Angle was asked if he would be open to doing that kind of match someday.
“I could do that. I’d be game for that. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not going to do it every year, but if I’m going to do a match, I would want to pre-record it, and I would want each spot to come whenever I was ready to do it.”
“There’s nothing wrong with doing matches like that, especially if you’re going to put them on TV. I mean, having a match, where you just do it all in the ring, and you do it live in front of people. That’s one thing that’s really impressive. That’s the most impressive match you can have, but having a match where you have spot after spot, taped at different times you put it all together.”
“It’s still a wrestling match. Now don’t get me wrong, you’re cheating a little bit, but it’s still going to come across incredibly well. That Undertaker/AJ match was awesome.”
The reason why The Undertaker-Styles match was a Boneyard Match was because the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 prevented a crowd from being at that WrestleMania.