Kurt Angle Reportedly Wrestling For WWE

The Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports that there are plans for Kurt Angle to do at least some wrestling for WWE in the near future. The 2017 WWE Hall of Famer will be inducted during WrestleMania 33 weekend but there’s no word yet on if he will get into the ring that weekend. The Observer notes that Angle still has to pass a physical and would likely be used on a very limited basis.

Angle recently spoke with Forbes and commented on possibly wrestling for WWE:

“I wouldn’t be surprised if I do a few more matches somewhere down the line, but they haven’t talked about it so it’s not official. This Hall of Fame thing is just the beginning, so let’s see how it goes and we’ll go from there.”

Source: WrestlingINC

Kurt Angle Wants Steve Austin To Induct Him Into WWE Hall of Fame

Kurt Angle will be enshrined into the WWE Hall of Fame in March, and he’s already decided who he’d like to induct him.

Speaking with Sports Illustrated’s Justin Barrasso, the Olympic gold medalist said “Stone Cold” Steve Austin should get the honors.

That’s a no-brainer. I had just started with WWE and had a program with Austin right after I beat Rock for the world title. I had a quick skit with Stephanie and Triple H, and then it was right on to Austin. We had some memorable feuds and some very funny segments, so he is at the top of my list.

Steve was one of the most giving individuals. He took me in and allowed me to shine even when it was still his time. I don’t ever compare myself to Stone Cold. He is the guy who elevated wrestling to a level that nobody ever went before, but he enabled me to show my talents when he very well could have said no. He was a very giving individual, and he is one of the guys who had the biggest impact on my career.

Source: The Score

Kurt Angle Comments On WWE HOF Induction

Angle spoke with ESPN after being informed of the news on Monday. He said:

“I was shocked. I’ve been out of WWE for a long time and out of touch with them so I didn’t really expect this. It’s a huge honor. This is the only Hall of Fame that I’m not in and probably [the one] I want to be in the most. This is the one that means the most for me. I had a lot of fun entertaining the fans for seven years with WWE, and I’m glad that my hard work paid off.”

Angle revealed that he received a phone call from Triple H on Monday with the news.

“I figured they either decided they didn’t want to do anything with me or they forgot. Hunter said they never forgot and he called and told me this is the first thing they want to do. And whether I wrestle or not after this — which is irrelevant right now — I’m just really proud to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. I gave a lot of energy and time to WWE those first seven years, and I’m grateful that they recognized it.”

Angle also told ESPN that his current deal runs through the Hall of Fame ceremony but does not include a WrestleMania 33 match.

“We have not talked about any wrestling. Whether we do or not, that remains to be seen… There are no guarantees. I think right now the most important thing is the Hall of Fame — and I think both sides feel that way.”

Source: WrestlingINC

Kurt Angle Headlining WWE Hall Of Fame Class Of 2017

It’s true, it’s true! Kurt Angle will be taking his rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017 just two days before WrestleMania 33, as first reported by ESPN.com.

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“Kurt Angle’s accomplishments both in the Olympics and WWE were extraordinary,” said WWE’s Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events and Creative Paul Levesque. “He was one of the most gifted athletes to ever enter the ring, and we are honored to welcome him into the WWE Hall of Fame.”

Before becoming a legend of the squared circle, the proud Pittsburgh native was a world-class amateur competitor, becoming a two-time All-American and a two-time NCAA Champion while wrestling for Clarion University in his home state of Pennsylvania. His incredible amateur career culminated at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, where he fought off the incredible pain of a “broken freakin’ neck” to win the gold medal for the United States of America.

In 1998, Angle made the jump from amateur to professional wrestling by signing with WWE. One year later, the gold medal grappler made his debut at Survivor Series 1999, picking up the first win of an undefeated streak that saw Angle capture the European and Intercontinental Championships. His unbelievable rookie campaign culminated at WWE No Mercy in October 2000, where he defeated The Rock to capture his first WWE Championship.

Though his wrestling ability was unparalleled, Angle adapted to the entertainment side of sports-entertainment better than anyone could have expected. Whether it was preaching his “three Is” – intensity, integrity and intelligence – taking part in a five-second pose with Edge & Christian or joining “Stone Cold” Steve Austin for a backstage sing-along, The Olympic Hero was able to make the WWE Universe laugh when he wasn’t wowing them with his athleticism.

By the time he left WWE in 2006, Angle had become one of the company’s most decorated stars in a short period of time. His resume includes four reigns as WWE Champion, a World Heavyweight Championship, the WCW, United States, Hardcore, Intercontinental and World Tag Team Championships. In addition, Angle was the 2000 King of the Ring and even served as General Manager of SmackDown.

In honor of these accomplishments, along with his incredible contributions to the WWE Universe during his storied career, Angle will be enshrined in the WWE Hall of Fame.

Tickets for the 2017 WWE Hall of Fame Ceremony will be available starting this Friday, Jan. 20, at 10 a.m. ET. For complete information on how you can see Kurt Angle take his place in sports-entertainment history, visit Ticketmaster.com.

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Source: WWE.com

 

Angle told ESPN.com, “I was shocked. I’ve been out of WWE for a long time and out of touch with them so I didn’t really expect this.”

Angle posted on Twitter that he is coming home:

Kurt Angle To Face Cody Rhodes In A Steel Cage Match

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Northeast Wrestling recently announced that Kurt Angle will take on Cody Rhodes in a Steel Cage Match on March 3rd, in Waterbury, CT. The two have faced each other twice before with the series tied at 1-1.

Kurt Angle Reportedly Tells Indie Promoters He’s Returning To WWE During WrestleMania Season

For what it’s worth, Kurt Angle has been telling indie promoters that he’s returning to WWE in April, perhaps in time for WrestleMania 33 on April 2nd.

Angle is scheduled to wrestle Alberto Del Rio for the first time on February 12th in the UK for WCPW and then will face Cody Rhodes for their third match but has told promoters he’s not accepting indie dates past those two.

Wrestling Observer Newsletter adds that there are all sorts of rumors going around in regards to Angle and WWE. It should be noted that this wouldn’t be the first time Angle has told promoters he’s returning to WWE and with the way the rumor mill heats up for WrestleMania season, this should be taking as a rumor for now.

Source: WrestlingINC

WWE Reaches Out To More Former Talent About Returning To The Company

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WWE continues to reach out to former talent about returning to help fill out the rosters. As first reported earlier by Pro Wrestling Sheet, Jinder Mahal was one of the names that WWE has talked with. Multiple sources told us that MVP and Shelton Benjamin have agreed to a deal. We were also told that WWE has shown interest in Melina but, as of last word, no deal has been reached yet with her.

For those that have asked about Kurt Angle, he is not taking additional independent bookings this year. He is taking time to heal up from his knee issues and the feeling from his management is that he still expects for something to pan out with WWE next year.

In regards to the stories going around about Jeff Hardy, he is open to a return to WWE but he is still on the last year of his TNA contract. His contract expires on February 28, 2017 so that would, in theory, be perfect timing for a return during WrestleMania season.

One story making the rounds within WWE is that some of the names that they have reached out to have turned down WWE because they were offering low-level deals to some names. That’s the reason why Carlito turned down their initial offer to return last year.

All signings are not official until the standard medical exams are completed in Pittsburgh and the talent is being told to keep things quiet.