WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle has recalled how Vince McMahon stopped him from making an earlier return to WWE with two words that summed up his thoughts on Angle.
Kurt Angle began his illustrious career back in 1999 and within one year of his debut, he had already captured the European, Intercontinental, and WWE Championships. From there Kurt Angle went from strength to strength becoming one of the biggest stars of the vaunted Attitude Era and beyond in the company.
By 2006, Kurt Angle was looking for a change however and he left WWE, joining TNA just a few short months later. Plagued by personal problems over the next decade, Angle’s time in TNA was littered with on-screen success but off-screen issues with addiction and several DUIs.
These proved to be a sticking point as the Olympic gold medallist looked to make a return to WWE in 2015. Speaking on The Kurt Angle Show, Angle explained how Vince McMahon was the one to put a stop to any return at that time:
“There was one point where I wanted to come back in 2015, and I reached out to Triple H, and actually, I’m sorry, I reached out to Terry Taylor. Terry Taylor reached out to Triple H and Vince and two words Vince said, ‘Bad reputation.’ Vince didn’t want any part of me in 2015. That’s when I had the DUIs, you know, my whole life was spiraling down. He had no interest in bringing me back.”
Kurt Angle did return to WWE in 2017 when he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. He had his final wrestling match at WrestleMania 35 where he lost to Baron Corbin.