WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle has opened up on making the decision to retire from active in-ring competition.
As seen on this week’s episode of Monday Night Raw in Pittsburgh, PA at the PPG Paints Arena on the USA Network, the former WWE Champion made it known that he would compete in his farewell match at WrestleMania 35. He did not announce his opponent at the show.
WWE’s YouTube channel has released this video of Angle talking about the decision following the segment. This is where Angle admitted that with him getting older, retirement was on the forefront of his mind.
“It was really tough for me to come to that decision. It actually has been nipping at me for the past year. I’m 50 years old, I know I’m not the same as I used to be. I’m slower in the ring, I can still get the job done.
If I can’t perform at the Kurt Angle of 2006, I don’t want to perform at all. You finally know when you’re time’s come and you got to make a decision. I’ve decided that I want to keep my legacy intact and I think that retiring is the best decision for me.”
WWE will hold WrestleMania 35 on Sunday, April 7, 2019 in East Rutherford, NJ at MetLife Stadium and be broadcasted on their streaming service, WWE Network.