Now that Kurt Angle has announced he would retire following the company’s tour of the United Kingdom in January, is there a chance the former WWE superstar would take a final lap in Vince McMahon’s world?
According to Donald Wood of Forbes.com, “After Angle announced he would retire from Impact Wrestling following the company’s tour of the United Kingdom in January, a buzz has surrounded the veteran and if a possible return to WWE would be in the cards.”
Right now, that is purely speculation, but as a fan of Angle the wrestler, a curtain call should be in order, regardless of past communication with the company over a retirement party earlier in the year. His career achievements warrant some consideration. Throughout his tenure in the WWF/E, Angle was a six-time world champion (four-time WWF/E Champion, one-time World Heavyweight Champion, and one-time WCW Champion), a one-time United States Champion, one-time Intercontinental Champion, one-time European Champion and one-time WWE Tag Team Champion. He is the tenth Triple Crown Champion and the fifth Grand Slam Champion in WWE history.
Wood, who hosts Ring Rust Radio, spoke with Angle about getting back in the ring, even after he reties from TNA. Angle was more willing to consider the possibility.
Angle has been quoted as saying he wants his final match of his career to be against Daniel Bryan. With Bryan still out of action and there being no timetable as to his return, that match may have to be put on hold. Angle did say he could see himself back in the ring at some point down the line.
“If I feel good after I take my time off, I might want to continue wrestling. That’s why I didn’t say I was retiring from wrestling for good. It was just the last matches I had under contract with TNA. It’s more of a TNA retirement thing rather than anything else…I don’t know to be honest. It all depends on how I feel about the situation. Is there a possibility that there will be a meeting in the future? Yes, I’m not counting it out. I think anybody in pro wrestling wouldn’t mind their last match being at WrestleMania.”
While I have been vocal about veterans coming back to the company when the current roster is packed with talent, Angle, who is one of the best pure wrestlers to ever get in the ring, deserves a change to retire for good with the company that helped him start his career as he won his Olympic gold medal in 1996.
JOHN CENA RETURNS!
Right on cue, following Christmas, John Cena makes his triumphant return to Raw when he faces Alberto Del Rio for the United States Title he lost prior to his “break” from the business.
As if we did not expect this, look for Cena to reclaim what is his, possibly with another title change on basic cable next week. It’s another “win” for the company and Vince McMahon to show a title change hands without the benefit of a pay-per-view event. Should Cena reclaim the title, how will he be booked heading into the Royal Rumble and the possibility of a confrontation down the line with the current WWE World Champion, Roman Reigns?
Also, does this mean Cena will have to face all four members of the League of Nations?
The Cena-Reigns confrontation has been discussed before, especially since Cena would have to beat Reigns to claim his 16th title reign. Does that mean Cena could win the Royal Rumble to force the colossal confrontation?
SETH ROLLINS RETURNS
Seth Rollins picked up the “Performer of the Year” award at the Slammy’s on Monday night. Rollins appeared on stage on Raw, to the delight of the fans in attendance. The loss of Rollins on the roster due to a severe knee injury proves just how important he is to the company moving forward.
How WWE plans to use Rollins upon his return is anyone’s guess right now, but whichever side of the fence he sits, he vows to be even stronger and to challenge for the title he never lost. Frankly, I think the company should continue to promote a Rollins-Reigns feud upon his return, potentially with a down-turn in order.
If Reigns is still in limbo with title in hand when Rollins returns, that could be a suitable option for the company and something the fans could get behind.