At 44-years-old, it's fair to wonder how much longer Kurt Angle is for the pro wrestling business. After all, taking bumps for 20 years straight is enough to absolutely wreck a man's body and the Olympic gold medalist is now only held together by a few screws, plates, rods, and some duct tape.
In a recent interview with the Wrestling Observer, Angle revealed his exit strategy:
"I've got two more years left at Impact Wrestling and then I'm going to have a retirement year and that's going to be it. I think I'll be done and once I retire, you're not going to see me back in a ring again, that's for sure. I'm not going to be a guy that retires and keeps coming back. When I'm gone, I'm gone. Same thing as amateur wrestling; when I won the world championships in Olympics, I left and I never went back. Same for pro."
It's hard to imagine Angle lasting another three years, even with a company like TNA that requires little travel and a lighter schedule than WWE ever would. He's consistently injured but somehow manages to do better work than nearly the entire roster.
To that end, it's good to know he'll be around.
That said, what's left to accomplish? Angle has done all there is to do in this industry and all that's left is to make a few more bucks and bang his body up a little more. If he's willing to pay the price, fine, but at some point these wrestlers have to get out of their own way.