Kurt Angle is the only wrestler in history to have held the WWE Championship, the heavyweight title, the WCW World Heavyweight Championship, the TNA World Heavyweight Championship and the IWGP Third Belt Championship. The 52-year-old from Mount Lebanon was also a world wrestling champion in 1995 and an Olympic champion at the 1996 Atlanta Games in the same speciality.
Recognized as one of the most talented wrestlers of any era, Angle was inducted into both the TNA Hall of Fame and the WWE Hall of Fame. In 2010, the Wrestling Observer elected him as the best wrestler of the 21st century. Kurt was released from WWE last year due to the effects of the global pandemic.
He made a brief comeback to referee the match between Timothy Thatcher and Matt Riddle at NXT. During the last edition of 'Talk Is Jericho', the former Olympic gold medalist revealed that the Stamford federation has offered him a couple of new jobs after his dismissal.
Kurt Angle turned down a couple of offers
"They made me some proposals in the months following my release" - confided Kurt Angle. "In the beginning, they wanted me to become a coach at NXT. Then they asked me if I was interested in running Matt Riddle as a manager.
This last offer was attractive from a professional point of view, it would have been a lot of fun to work with a talent like Matt. However, I must admit that the compensation was horrible. Money is a very important aspect of the wrestling business.
I don't want to reveal what the exact figure was, it is enough for you to know that it was not worth it” - he added. Kurt Angle was playing the role of the producer before the Coronavirus brought the sports entertainment industry to its knees.
"I accepted that job at the request of Vince McMahon, I did it for a year, but I don't think I was particularly successful. When the pandemic broke out, I was one of the first to let go and I don't blame Vince for it,” admitted the former WWE Champion, who will soon have to undergo neck fusion surgery.
While speaking on the Talk Is Jericho podcast, he admitted that he wasn't very good at being a producer in WWE. “I took the job as a producer/agent. I did it for a year, I wasn’t very good at it. The thing is, I don’t like computers and you have to use a damn computer all the time.
Vince is like, ‘Kurt, open up your computer.’ I don’t even know how to do this thing. I was good at giving the guys ideas for the matches but I wasn’t really a quality producer. So when the pandemic hit I was one of the first ones let go and I don’t blame Vince for that,” said Kurt Angle.