If you go back to the early-mid 2000’s, Kurt Angle was one of the most entertaining personalities on the WWE roster. Whether it was as a face or heel, he excelled tremendously. It doesn’t hurt too that he was a great wrestler.
Angle left the company in 2006 because of severe injuries that he was working with. He even claimed on the Kurt Angle: Champion DVD that WWE lost their best talent because he was at the top of the payroll. Ever since he left, fans have always wondered if he would come back.
I’m happy to say that there is some good news on that topic, kind of (according to Wrestling Observer Newsletter via Bleacher Report).
Angle is trying to pitch WWE on a deal that would be similar to the schedule Michaels did in his final years with the company, where he worked big shows and limited dates. As best we can tell, WWE hasn’t shown much interest. As noted before, in the past, Vince McMahon was extremely negative on the idea of bringing Angle back.
The concern from McMahon likely stems from the injury concerns, especially since Angle is 45 years old.
I would love to see Angle return in anyway possible. If it’s in the ring, a rivalry with one of WWE’s rising stars like Dean Ambrose or Seth Rollins could be a lot of fun. Could you imagine the intensity of the promos? I think fans would love to chant this again, too (skip to 1:12).
Even if he doesn’t get into the ring, he could be signed and used as host for a major pay-per-view or be a contributor for WWE Network. If WWE wants a reason to get fans to purchase the network, they could make a featured documentary about the former Olympian exclusively on the WWE Network. Fans from the Attitude Era could be drawn in and possibly pay the $12.99 for a single month subscription just for that (speculating).
Kurt Angle on WWE programming would bring in a ton of viewers, which has been fluctuating a little bit as of late. Fans of the Attitude and Ruthless Aggression Eras would be drawn back in and introducing him to the younger viewers would be good as well. Let’s just hope that Vince McMahon changes his mind on this.