One WWE great wasn’t too enthusiastic about their final run with the company.
In early 2017 it was announced that Kurt Angle would be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. However, the move turned into much more than just a one-off appearance to celebrate his career.
The night after WrestleMania 33 Angle became Raw General Manager and eventually returned to the ring. The veteran continued to make regular appearances on television both in and out of the ring until finally hanging up his boots after defeat to Baron Corbin at WrestleMania 35.
Following his in-ring retirement, Angle moved into a producer role backstage, although he was released in April 2020 as part of wide-ranging cuts related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Hall of Famer has continued to make sporadic appearances, but this marked the last time he worked for the company on a full-time basis.
Speaking on the Kurt Angle Show, the veteran reflected on being released, revealing he wasn’t putting much effort into his role as producer.
Yes, [Mark Carano] called me. ‘Hey, we’re going to let you go.’ Actually, I wasn’t that into my job. I was a producer. I was killing time. I knew that if they were going to do cuts, I would be the first one let go because they were paying me a lot of money, more money than other producers. I knew that if they were going to do cuts and they were going to let go of someone, I’d be the first. I didn’t put much into it, I really didn’t. I should have been a lot more passionate about it,”
When Did Kurt Angle Last Appear For WWE?
Despite having no fixed role with the company, Angle has continued to make occasional appearances on television with his most recent outing coming on the 30th anniversary edition of Raw.
During a different episode of his podcast back in August, Kurt Angle ruled out a return to the ring, disclosing that he needs yet more surgery.
H/t to Fightful