Kurt Angle made his professional wrestling debut with WWE more than 20 years ago. Last year he made the decision to retire from his wrestling career and we seen him in his last match ever against Baron Corbin at WrestleMania 35.
Wrestling fans around the world were disappointed by this. They felt that his last match ever should have been against another opponent. Most fans wanted to see Angle go out against John Cena which would have been fitting considering Cena’s first match with the company was against Angle back in 2002.
It seems that the fans are not the only ones disappointed not seeing Angle Vs Cena at Wrestlemania 35 as he himself has revealed that he really wanted to finish his career against John Cena.
In a recent interview with Denise Salcedo for Instant Culture, Kurt opened up about discussing his final match with Vince McMahon. Me mentioned that when talking to the WWE boss he was pushing for a match with Cena but they were not hot on it.
Here is what he had to say:
“Basically I wanted to come back and have a good way to retire. Vince McMahon told me that I had a program with Baron Corbin, and I told him that I wanted to retire at Wrestlemania, and he said ‘Well, you’re going to wrestle Baron Corbin because you had a program with him for the last seven months.’ I said, ‘Vince, I want to retire, Baron is a great talent but he’s an upcoming talent, how about John Cena?’ He said, ‘If you want John Cena, next year you got him, but this year you get Baron’ I said, ‘Vince, I am not going next year. I am done. This is it.’ He said, ‘Well, you’re stuck with this.’ So I respect it, I understood why because they had spent a lot of time building up Baron Corbin and we had to have a match… if I wanted to continue for another year I could have got Cena, but I didn’t want to go a whole other year. I knew I was done.
“There’s nothing I can do, I believe WWE played it safe with me, and I don’t blame them. I think I would have done the same. But when I came to WWE I was ready to wrestle, I was in great shape, my technique was great, my body was great. But that year and a half/two years sitting out; it’s just when you turn 50 years old, your body is not the same as it was 20 years prior. So, I had to deal with that and I knew my career was coming to an end quickly, so I did what I had to do.”
Check out Kurt Angle’s full interview with Salcedo below: