Angle has previously talked about how it wasn’t exactly what he wanted. He has made it known that he would rather have faced someone like John Cena in his final match, but that didn’t happen.
The WWE Hall of Famer gave some details as to what exactly he wanted out of his final stint as an in-ring performer in WWE.
Angle started off by noting how he planned to take a year off from TNA so he could wrestle 10 times that year before hopefully going back to WWE. He said he did that to stay in shape so when he did go to WWE then he would still be in shape and ready to go. He noted that during this time, he wasn’t the old version of himself, but very close to do doing.
“I was good enough that I knew, you know, if Vince wanted to give me a title run, I was ready for it, but when I got to the WWE, they had no plans of me wrestling, at least not at first.”
He understands why they wouldn’t have plans for him as he knew Vince McMahon would look at him as a liability due to his past drug issues. He thinks the other reason is he didn’t want to feel bad that he put him in that position, but Angle said that he’s an adult and he had different plans.
“I wanted to make a return, have a title run, wrestle…have my Wrestlemania retirement match with somebody that was a legend or a Hall of Famer, or you know, someone that would be a future Hall of Famer like John Cena, so it didn’t go out as planned but I understood why, you know Vince just…he looked at me as a liability and I wasn’t.”
Angle said the problem was that he started out by being in the Hall of Fame then as the GM. Thus, he became inactive.
“I told Vince that, he said “We’re going to induct you into the Hall of Fame first,” and that night he said, “Tomorrow on RAW you’re going to be the General Manager,” and I was like, “Vince, I still want to wrestle.” He goes, “We’ll get to it.”
Angle stated that he wrestled twice, but still was inactive and he dealt with a leg injury then pulled a muscle in his thigh doing sprints.
“I didn’t perform very well, so I think Vince looked at that and said “Uh, he might not have it anymore.”
Angle pointed out how while being inactive, his body started to become arthritic and he gained weight. He stated that he was aging so quickly because he was inactive and not bumping a lot.
He knew he started to look like an old man and that’s when he told McMahon he wanted to retire.
“He [McMahon] said “I thought you wanted to go another year?” I said, “No, no..Vince, whenever you do have me wrestle I’m doing a job for somebody, I know you don’t have plans for me, so I just want to retire at this Wrestlemania. I’d love to wrestle John Cena.” He said, “Well you have a program with Baron, you’re going to wrestle Baron regardless. If you want Cena, I might be able to do that next year,” and I said, “No, I’ll just wrestle Baron.” So I ended my career, Vince didn’t end it, I did because I knew it was the right thing to do. I just wasn’t performing at the level I wanted to.”
Angle also talked about McMahon, his background, getting into the business, a new company, and more. Check out the full interview here.