WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle was furloughed by WWE back in April as part of a mass talent and staff firings due to budget cuts.
Fast forward to May, Angle served as the special guest referee for Matt Riddle vs. Timothy Thatcher in a Cage Fight on an episode of NXT. After the match, it was announced that Riddle was headed to the main roster to be part of the SmackDown roster.
Around this time, it was confirmed by Angle that WWE had pitched him to be the manager of Riddle on the main roster. However, the WWE legend turned down the role.
Angle revealed in an interview with Wrestling Inc that WWE had tried to get him to sign a legends deal, but they weren’t able to get a contract done. Despite that, Angle states that he is still on good terms with WWE.
It turns out that WWE also pitched him a role where he would be a coach at the WWE Performance Center. This would’ve seen him work with Performance Center recruits through online meetings.
“Yeah, I talked to Triple H about not so much going down there a lot but being on the phone or on a Zoom call with the wrestlers and talking to them, going over film, going over there technique [and] talking to them about promos. So it was a pretty easy schedule for me.
Nothing came to fruition, but that’s OK. They brought up the idea a few months ago, and it kind of got lost, but it’s OK. I’m good where I am, and if they want to continue to use me here and there, that’s fine.”
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