WWE Hall of Famer and Olympic Gold Medallist Kurt Angle has revealed that a three-week program with WWE was cancelled at the last minute, with a rumoured angle with Chad Gable what fans are theorising was the plan.
On last weeks episode of The Kurt Angle Show, Kurt Angle revealed that WWE had contacted him for a three-week stint in WWE in the build up to Wrestlemania. It was rumoured that he would be partaking in segments with Chad Gable as part of the Alpha Academy stable.
“I did [receive a call] from WWE and they want me to be involved in the show for the next month or so,” Angle said on his podcast, “I’m really excited about it, so we’ll see what’s in store for me.”
However, he revealed just one week later that WWE had cancelled his involvement in the storyline. Angle revealed that he was set to take part in a three-week angle with WWE, and was even present at the 2022 Royal Rumble. He did not mention whether he was meant to perform as a surprise Royal Rumble entrant, however.
Angle did reveal that WWE cancelled the angle at the last minute. This is not uncommon in WWE, who regularly rewrite their TV shows at the last minute, and even when the TV show is already broadcasting live. He also revealed on the podcast that he is not currently signed to WWE, so this gives hope for those hoping to see Kurt Angle in AEW, or a return to Impact Wrestling.
“I went to the Royal Rumble,” Angle said. “The WWE wanted me to do a short program that they ended up cancelling at the last second… But I want to make it clear, I’m not signed with the WWE. They weren’t going to sign me anyway. It was gonna be a three-week program. It got cancelled, but you know my obligation is to the show, the Kurt Angle show, and that’s it.”
Why was Kurt Angle at the 2022 Royal Rumble?
Kurt Angle was present at the latest WWE premium live event, WWE Royal Rumble 2022. The former Olympic Gold Medallist took part in multiple interviews for documentary projects, as well as hosting a meet-and-greet on Friday, the day prior to the event.
Angle retired at Wrestlemania 35 in a disappointing match against Baron Corbin. Fans were hoping for one more match in WWE against John Cena, but Angle has stated that he is retiring for good.
It was revealed at the end of the last year that Kurt Angle to AEW was a possibility, with the promotion offering Angle a contract to wrestle. He was in a backstage role after his retirement at Wrestlemania, but was released as part of the first wave of COVID-19 cuts in April 2020.
However, Angle turned down the deal from Tony Khan and instead chose to stay as a freelancer. It is unknown whether he ever plans to wrestle again, or if he will sign for AEW, WWE or another company at any point further down the line.