What Is Next For Kurt Angle After WWE Departure?
Angle was one of several superstars fired by the promotion in a way to cut costs while battling the novel coronavirus.
On Twitter, Angle confirmed the news. Despite the setback, he remained positive.
I wanted 2 say thank you to the WWE for the time I spent there.I made many new friends and had the opportunity to work with so many talented people. To the Superstars, continue to entertain the WWE Universe as well as you possibly can. They’re the best fans in the world. #itstrue
— Kurt Angle (@RealKurtAngle) April 15, 2020
Angle was not the only former champion to be let go. Former tag team champions Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows, ex-cruiserweight champion Lio Rush and former 24/7 champ Drake Maverick were among some of the releases.
BREAKING: WWE has come to terms on the release of Drake Maverick (James Curtin), Curt Hawkins (Brian Myers), Karl Anderson (Chad Allegra), EC3 (Michael Hutter) and Lio Rush (Lionel Green). We wish them all the best in their future endeavors. https://t.co/cX449nNSLU
— WWE (@WWE) April 15, 2020
The 51-year-old Angle is a former United States Olympic gold medalist, winning in freestyle wrestling in 1996. Shortly after, he entered into pro wrestling, making his debut in 1998.
Angle announced his official retirement from the ring on April 7, 2019. In his farewell match, he put over Baron Corbin at WrestleMania 35.
During his time in the WWE ring, Angle captured the world title five times, including four reigns as WWE champion. He also became the 10th triple crown champion and fifth grand slam winner, going into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2017.
In a short time, Angle become one of the greatest superstars to lace up their wrestling boots. Whether in the ring or on the mic, Angle always delivered.
Working For Another Promotion, Other Positions
Angle, however, left WWE over 10 years ago. He won the Total Nonstop Action heavyweight title six times during a stint with TNA (now called Impact Wrestling). He also was inducted into the TNA Hall of Fame in 2013.
While the world continues to sort through what will be “normal” in the aftermath of COVID-19, Angle would seem to be a big name on the free agent market for someone like All Elite Wrestling.
Many of us are struggling right now. We are unsure of our future, due to this pandemic. As of right now… this is the calm before the storm. Because we will bounce back, and will end up in a better place than we were before. Believe!!!! #Prayer #Faith #Hope #Positivity
— Kurt Angle (@RealKurtAngle) April 12, 2020
He has plenty of connections in the sport and has held a role as an on-air personality as RAW General Manager. Angle transitioned into a role as a backstage producer following his retirement match at WrestleMania 35 against Baron Corbin.
Angle’s future could be working backstage or with younger talent to help them become better in the ring or on the mic. The former wrestler turned himself into a sports entertainer with his ability to control a crowd.
— Kurt Angle (@RealKurtAngle) April 14, 2020
WWE could always bring Angle back, but do not be surprised if someone else makes a play. That is the danger in releasing an Olympic Gold Medalist.