As noted earlier, Kurt Angle was interviewed by Mark Madden on 105.9 The X out of Pittsburgh yesterday and revealed that he would not be re-signing with TNA when his contract expires at the end of the year. Angle said that he would take a break from the business after his deal expires.
The full audio of Angle's appearance is now available online at iHeart.com. Angle noted that while he is not going to re-sign with TNA, he's not going to pursue a WWE return either. Angle's TNA contract was up last year and he publicly stated that he was open to a WWE return, only to re-sign with TNA last December. Angle spoke to Sports Illustrated this past April and noted that Triple H cancelled a meeting with him.
"Paul [Levesque] is in charge," Angle said. "I found that out when I contacted Vince [McMahon]. I've always had a good relationship with Paul, so I didn't consider that a problem. He decided they had enough talent. For the Vince McMahon who I knew, enough was never enough. He always wanted more. I don't know what was going on over there, but they even canceled our meeting. I never went to see them. They didn't even sit me down and talk to me.
"It blew my mind. It was as if I was a nobody, that I wasn't Kurt Angle. From a wrestling standpoint, they just weren't interested. But TNA not only stepped up, they gave me everything I wanted: the dates, the money, and it's no secret that I've went to rehab in the past, and they gave me time off. You talk about a company that's loyal to you, and you want to be loyal back. So I didn't pursue the WWE any further. When it comes down to it, you've got to stick with the people who want to take care of you. Dixie Carter took care of me."
Angle told Madden that he was open to a final match in WWE, but plans to take time off next year before deciding what he wants to do next. He complimented TNA for always treating him fairly. He said that he doesn't know what is happening with Destination America, but hopes that something is worked out for the sake of all of the talent. He also said that he plans to be at TNA's Bound For Glory pay-per-view in October.