WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle was recently interviewed by ComicBook.com where he spoke about the disappointments he had with his WWE return. The legendary pro wrestler started out by bringing up his drug addiction and how that led to his departure from WWE in 2006 where he would later sign with TNA Wrestling.
This is when things got interesting as he talked about WWE eventually hiring him back. Angle brought up how he was upset with the way that he was used which was being inducted into the Hall of Fame, serving as the Raw General Manager and wrestling a limited schedule.
“So when you say, am I upset about coming back? Yes, I’m upset about it. I mean, don’t get me wrong, being part of the Shield was awesome, but to have my return, of course I want to … you know, I thought I was going to get the royal treatment and I’d be wrestling in main events. And I was wrestling pretty good at that point, ’cause I was very active. When I became inactive is when my body shut down and my age started to show.”
Angle brought up how being inactive hurt his performance as when he’s working several dates throughout the week, it actually helps him more than rest.
‘Cause when you sit out for nine months your body becomes arthritic and you start tensing up and you can’t move your legs, and your back, and your neck. When your wrestling five days a week, you’re bumping around, you’re breaking open that scare tissue. So whether you believe it or not, wrestling actively every week and beating your body up is better that not doing anything at all. So when I got into that match it was fun for me. And was I a little disappointed? No, because it was the Shield, but I was disappointed that I didn’t get a Kurt Angle feature match.”
Angle thinks that due to his history of drug abuse, WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon didn’t want to put him on a full-time schedule and that’s his fault, which Angle owned up to.
“When I came back here I was a liability. Vince McMahon knew that. And they were having me drug tested to make sure I was clean. But the thing is it’s my fault. So I understand why Vince did what he did. He brought me in, put me in the hall of fame. Then he had me do the GM role. Then he had me start wrestling. And by the time I started wrestling my body was all, you know, it just was all … what do you call it? Arthritic and cramped up. And I couldn’t move. It was just…
But I understand why Vince did it. He looks at me and says I don’t want this kid to screw himself up again. So I’m going to keep him straight by giving him these roles. So he only have me wrestle every once and awhile. And he wouldn’t let me wrestle for longer than seven minutes. So it was like, sure I was upset, but I understand.”