When the WWE (then called the WWF) first approached Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle to consider a career in pro-wrestling, he turned them down. As everyone is well aware he eventually changed his mind after watching the company’s weekly programming and the athleticism that went into each of the matches.
He obviously fell in love with the wrestling industry and was happy to honor an age old tradition of going out “on his back” in his final match.
Most legends of wrestling will make sure they give a younger opponent a bit of a push by having them “go over” or win their match over a retiring legend. During a Q&A on Facebook, Angle addressed doing the same for Baron Corbin at Wrestlemania 35;
“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.”
While many were upset that the young talent he lost to was Baron Corbin, its hard to argue with the end result. Corbin was already disliked and the build-up to the match only made the fans hate him even more. The former general manager of Monday Night Raw is one of the most despised heel characters on the roster at the moment.
It wasn’t just Angle that he was able to help put over either. Angle made an appearance on the RAW after Wrestlemania to not only get a little revenge on Corbin by applying an ankle lock but also put a new talent over.
Lars Sullivan made his long awaited debut and proceeded to attack Angle.
During the Facebook Q&A, Angle also addressed and acknowledged that he wasn’t at his best. He believes part of the reason that he had to retire when he did was the fact that he had been out of the ring for quite some time.
He had been wrestling fairly consistently up until his return to the WWE and he believes taking the role of RAW General Manager were the reason he had to retire earlier than he had planned.
“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.”
While his final match wasn’t up to his usual high standards, he did give a stellar effort and put on a decent match at Wrestlemania 35. The live crowd also gave him the send off he truly deserved.