In a recent episode of "The Kurt Angle Show," the legendary wrestler took a deep dive into his illustrious career, reflecting on the two distinct eras that shaped his journey: his time in WWE and later in TNA. With a career spanning decades and accomplishments that earned him a well-deserved spot in the WWE Hall of Fame, Angle opens up about the possibilities that could have altered his trajectory and led to even greater heights.
Undoubtedly, Kurt Angle's tenure in TNA played a significant role in defining his later career. When asked about potential regrets, he emphasized his fondness for TNA, asserting that he had no regrets about joining the company.
He revealed that he would have continued his run in TNA for much longer had financial constraints not come into play. However, despite the love and success he found in TNA, Angle admits that a part of him always longed to return to WWE to culminate his career where it all began.
Career-Defining Injuries and Regrets
One aspect of his career that Angle laments is the persistent injuries he faced, which eventually contributed to his struggle with painkiller addiction. The toll of these injuries led him to decide to leave WWE, fearing that the addictive medication might lead to dire consequences.
Looking back, Angle wishes he could change the pattern of injuries, which could have potentially extended his WWE run to an astonishing twenty years. He firmly believes that he could have solidified his legacy as the greatest of all time if he had remained with WWE throughout that time.
In 2019, Angle officially bid farewell to the wrestling world, retiring at WrestleMania 35 after an intense showdown against Baron Corbin. However, his contributions to the WWE extended beyond the ring, as he also served as the General Manager of "WWE Raw." His passion for the sport never waned, even in his administrative role.
As Kurt Angle reflects on his remarkable career, his journey inspires aspiring wrestlers and fans alike. The Olympic gold medalist's resilience, talent, and dedication to his craft propelled him to the pinnacle of professional wrestling.
Despite the "what ifs" that arise when contemplating alternate paths, Angle's legacy remains undeniable, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of wrestling enthusiasts worldwide. Kurt Angle's career exemplifies the unpredictable nature of life in the wrestling business.
While his time in TNA brought him great joy and success, his dreams of lasting greatness led him to a bittersweet departure from WWE. The obstacles he faced, both in the form of injuries and addiction, added complexity to his journey but never tarnished his brilliance in the ring. As fans continue to celebrate his accomplishments, Kurt Angle's name will forever be etched in wrestling history.