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WWE News: Kurt Angle says he regrets leaving WWE, wants a WrestleMania match against AJ Styles

Angle also praised the wrestling ability of his SmackDown Live counterpart, Daniel Bryan.

News 23 Apr 2017, 13:17 IST
Kurt Angle recently returned to the WWE as the Raw general manager

What’s the story?

The General Manager of Raw, Kurt Angle, was recently interviewed by WETM NBC Elmira. During the conversation, Angle said that he regretted leaving the WWE back in 2006 and expressed the desire to take on AJ Styles in the main event of WrestleMania.

In case you didn’t know…

Having initially rejected an offer from the WWE soon after winning an Olympic Gold at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, Kurt Angle eventually signed up with the company in 1998. During his first WWE run, Angle won every possible championship that he could.

Also read: Kurt Angle announces a dumpster match for Raw

Apart from being a multiple-time world champion, he also held the Intercontinental, European, Hardcore and Tag Team titles. ‘The Wrestling Machine’ left the WWE in August 2006 citing health reasons but joined Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) just days after he quit.

The heart of the matter

According to Kurt, he regretted quitting the WWE in 2006 because he had only started to come into his own at that point. Here’s what he was quoted as saying:

“I had some regrets, because I was just starting to get good when I quit WWE in 2006. I was just starting to come into my own, where I was- not that I didn't have incredible matches there, I did, from 2001 to 2006, but I started really becoming a 'seasoned veteran' six years into my career and that was right around 2006.”

However, ‘The Most Celebrated Real Athlete in WWE History’ is glad that he was able to make enough of an impact in those days to warrant an induction into the WWE Hall of Fame. He stated:

“I'm really happy that I had that kind of impact in six and half years in WWE, where [they induct] me into the [WWE] Hall of Fame 11 years later.”

Asked about his dream matches in the WWE, Kurt Angle named Daniel Bryan as a potential competitor. He also claimed that he would love to wrestle AJ Styles in the main event of WrestleMania as he has only had matches with him outside the WWE. Angle said this:

“Daniel Bryan. I love his wrestling ability. I think that he is one of the best I've seen in a long time. I obviously wrestled AJ Styles, but never on the WWE platform, love to have a main event against AJ Styles at WrestleMania.”

What’s next?

There certainly have been on and off rumours about Kurt Angle competing in a WWE ring again, but it is difficult to say when that will happen.

Author’s take

Considering the whole Goldberg story that transpired over the past few months, there is no reason why Angle cannot get his dream match against AJ Styles at next year’s WrestleMania.

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