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In a new interview, Kurt Angle reiterated his position that he is “retiring from TNA,” but not retiring from pro wrestling after his TNA contract expires in January. If he never wrestles again, though, Angle says he is content with his career.
“I have done it all from WWE to TNA to stuff over in Japan. I enjoyed it and every aspect of my career. It’s just the way the cards fell and right now I needed to get out for my own health. I don’t regret it because I had a lot of fun in TNA and both companies had been really great to me,” Angle said on the “Ring Rust” radio show with host Donald Wood.
“I did everything I wanted to and it was a fun ride. I never knew how good I was going to become or the status I would achieve, it didn’t really matter to me and I just enjoyed it. It was a fun ride with no regrets and was as good as it could have gone.
“It was just the best time for me to step away (from TNA). With me being able to be home a lot more this past year it helped me see what was more important to me, and that’s family. I thought it was a good move on both parts and we are both comfortable with each other.”
Looking past what Angle says will be a break from pro wrestling in 2016, Angle says any thoughts of returning to the ring will “depend on how I feel about the situation.”
Angle certainly welcomed the idea of having his “last match at WrestleMania,” but, again, is content with his career if he never does return to WWE for one last match.
As for the idea of returning to WWE through the rising NXT brand, Angle was asked if that interests him.
“No,” Angle said. “With all due respect, the talent on the NXT roster is phenomenal. They are doing something right down there as far as getting talent ready. I just don’t think it would be worth it for either side to have me go down there and work on NXT. Not saying I wouldn’t do it, but it is considered the WWE minor league. With that in mind, I think anybody would feel the same way about it.”