Kurt Angle wrestled for WWE through 2019 and 2020 on a part-time basis in addition to his run as the Raw General Manager.
Angle decided to retire from being an active wrestler and had his last match at WrestleMania 35 when he lost to Baron Corbin. He had been working as a backstage producer for WWE, but was let go by WWE in 2020 due to budget cuts.
During an appearance on Talk Is Jericho, Angle stated that he felt if he had continued to wrestle for WWE then they would have used him to put over other talents.
“Well, Vince [McMahon] said, ‘Well Kurt, you can do that next year.’ I was like, ‘Vince, I’m retiring this year.’ He said, ‘Well if you wait another year, I could do that for you.’ I said, ‘No, no, I’m gonna do it this year’ because there was no way in hell I was gonna wrestle another year especially in WWE because all they were gonna do was job me out for the whole year so, I knew — I could see the writing on the wall and I didn’t know if I wanted to be a part of that.”
The WWE Hall of Famer was later offered a role to be Matt Riddle’s manager on SmackDown, but Angle turned it down. According to Angle, the two reasons he didn’t take the role were due to him focusing on his Physically Fit Nutrition and WWE didn’t offer him enough money for the role.
H/T to POST Wrestling for the transcription