Kurt Angle is considered to be one of the greatest in-ring technicians of all time as there is no one who picked up the business as fast as The Olympic Gold Medalist. After Daniel Bryan’s untimely retirement, Angle praised Bryan to be one of the greats in the squared circle, along with the likes of Shawn Michaels and Chris Benoit.
When it comes to an in-ring return, many have considered Angle vs Bryan to be a dream match of sorts. Unfortunately, that may never come to fruition now that Bryan has retired and is under contract with WWE until 2018. WWE refuses to let him wrestle and also aren't willing to let him leave.
However, The Olympic Gold Medalist still holds some hope to wrestle the Smackdown Live General Manager. On a Facebook Q&A on his official page, he was asked by a fan as to which dream match he was disappointed didn’t happen, him against Bret Hart, or him against Bryan. Angle responded, “I knew Bret wasn't possible because of his stroke 15+ years ago, so I'd say Bryan. We could still have it. I'm holding out hope but chances are very slim."
This would be an implication that Angle may still be wrestling by 2018, and by the time Bryan’s contract with WWE runs up. Bryan has been open about the sleepless nights he’s had when he thinks about getting back in the ring.
The burning desire to get back into the squared circle is quite evident, but one of the biggest factors barring him from doing so is not just his WWE contract but the fact that he now has a baby girl coming in the way. Even if he does not renew his WWE contract in two years, a lot can happen in that period of time that may make him change his mind on getting back to the ring.
That’s why, for now, it remains to be just a dream match between two of the finest technical wrestlers of their respective eras. Angle himself is slowing down his schedule as he winds down on his career. There have been several rumours before the draft this year of Angle making a return, but those rumours were shot down. However, with professional wrestling, it is always a “never say never” mentality, and there is always a high possibility of Angle returning for a good, part-time run before a well deserved Hall Of Fame Induction.
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