WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle competed in his ‘farewell match’ at WrestleMania 35 on Sunday night against Baron Corbin. Fan backlash was huge when Corbin was revealed as the former WWE Champion’s final opponent. Matters were only made worse when Corbin actually prevailed inside MetLife Stadium.
Speaking to fans in a Facebook Q&A, the Olympic Gold Medalist admitted he was hoping to have picked up the win in his retirement match, but understands why the decision was made for him to put over his younger opponent.
Honestly? My Wrestlemania 35 match. I would have liked to go out with a win, but I understand why it didn’t occur. Many people believe that I should have had a different opponent. Maybe. Maybe not. But my argument as to why it should have been Corbin is pretty strong. As a HOFer and Legend in WWE, I came to my final match last Sunday. It was my retirement match. As a legend or HOFer or- whatever you want to call me, my job is to leave the WWE by doing the honors for a younger talent. I did that. I would have loved to have won, but I don’t think I would have properly played my role if I did. You leave the company better than it was before you came. I think I was able to do that by losing to Corbin and then getting laid out on Raw the next night to Lars. It may have felt wrong, but it was the right thing to do. Agree to disagree.”
Kurt Angle wrestled one match in 2017 as a surprise replacement for an ill Roman Reigns, teaming with Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins at TLC. Angle actually said that he wishes he wrestled more when he returned to the company in 2017:
“Yes, I wish I would have wrestled more when I came back in early 2017. I was wrestling really well then. Because of my inactivity of being GM, my body started to get arthritic. I got tighter, more sore, and less flexible than when I was active 2 years ago. In other words, the inactivity of not wrestling consistently led me to retirement a little faster. But, I can’t complain. I loved doing what I did in WWE.”
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