Kurt Angle's rise to the top of the WWE was an ascension that few others have ever experienced in pro wrestling. 16 years later, Kurt Angle is taking some time off from pro wrestling, but don't say he's retiring.
Angle told WrestleTalk TV that he simply wants to take time away from professional wrestling. At age 47, many speculated that the Olympic Gold Medalist would be calling it quits after the TNA UK tour in January. Angle says that isn't so, and he's told TNA as much.
"I told TNA I was taking a year off, they respected my wish," Angle explained. "They would like to talk to me in a year. WWE's an option. I haven't lied to TNA, I haven't lied to anybody, I just want time off. I've been doing it for 16 years. I didn't want to say I was retiring because I'd be lying.
Angle said that he will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, he just isn't sure of when. He also mentioned that even though he's finishing up with TNA at the end of January, it won't be his final match.
"Even if I do only wrestle one more match, if I say I'm retiring January 31, I'm lying, and I'm not going to do that. I'm going to wrestle again, I just don't know when. Is there a possible WWE return? Yes. Is there a possible Hall of Fame induction? I'm going to be inducted, it's just a matter of when," Angle said.
You can see Angle's full comments above.