On this week's "The Kurt Angle Show," Angle talked about renegotiating his contract in 2002, and whether or not he saw Stone Cold backstage at WrestleMania 38.
Kurt Angle said he renegotiated his WWE contract in 2002:
"Well, I still had three years left on my former contract, but it was a shitty deal. I was getting $75,000 a year guaranteed," Angle said.
"Now don't get me wrong, my rookie year I made a lot more than that because I main-evented just about every show. Once I got my groove in a few months, I was main-eventing all the time. So I made an amazing amount of money in my rookie year. I was really impressed and very happy with that money."
"I went to JR. and I said, 'I need to get a new deal because this other deal is really bad.' He said, 'Okay, what do you want?' I said, 'Well, I made this much last year. I want a guarantee this year because I'm going to make it again, maybe more.' He said, 'I can't give you that. That's what Rock and Austin get.' I said, 'I want what Rock and Austin are getting. Please talk to Vince.' He said, 'I'll go talk to Vince.' He talked to Vince and Vince said yes right away and then they gave me the deal. So I got the same guarantee as The Rock, Austin, and Undertaker."
Angle said he did see Steve Austin at WrestleMania 38:
"Yeah, I gave him a hug and said good luck to him. I didn't see him afterward," Angle said.
"I'm sure he was a little pissed off about Vince and the way he took the stunner (he laughs). Yeah, it was crazy because Austin was chugging these beers, and you could see his lips say motherfuc*er. He actually said that motherfuc*er."