WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle has explained why he turned down an offer from AEW, despite having respect for those in the promotion.
In July, Angle revealed that both AEW and IMPACT offered him the opportunity to return to the ring, following his wrestling retirement in 2019.
Speaking on The Paradox Of Sports, Angle noted that he likes the fact that wrestlers have more options nowadays, with two big US wrestling companies producing shows.
Wanting to remain loyal to WWE, Angle said:
“I like the fact that (AEW is) making noise. They’ve signed a bunch of great wrestlers; Chris Jericho is at the helm. He’s an incredible athlete, one of the best that has ever done it. They have some really talented guys; they even took some guys from WWE that got released.
“The good thing about it is there are two big companies going right now. That’s good for the wrestlers, that gives them options and gives them jobs to look for. It’s actually a good thing to have two companies instead of one.
“I considered (an AEW offer), I was offered a couple of deals. I turned them down. But I’m a WWE guy and my loyalty is there for right now. You know, I’m not signed with them in any particular way. But I do have some projects coming up that is part of WWE and I don’t want to mess that up. So, I am going to stay loyal to WWE right now.”
Following Angle stepping away from the ring, the Olympic gold medallist briefly worked as a WWE backstage producer, before he was released by the company in 2020.
In another interview, Angle stated that he doesn’t blame Vince McMahon for choosing to let him go from the position.
Quote via WrestlingInc.
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