It's almost hard to believe but Kurt Angle has now spent more time working for TNA than he did WWE. He's been hugely successful in both promotions, relatively speaking, and at 45-years-old, it's time to start thinking about winding his career down.
But will he do that with TNA or WWE?
In a recent interview with WEEI.com, the man himself said he won't rule out anything when his contract comes up later this year:
"I can't say I'€™ll never go back (to WWE). My contract is up in eight months, so we'€™ll see."
There is a question to be asked regarding whether or not WWE would want Angle to return, at least in the role he would probably like. Despite his advanced age and the wear-and-tear on his body, the Olympic gold medalist claims he's now in a good enough place that he feels his career is just beginning:
"I have a beautiful, wonderful wife. She'€™s the love of my life. Everything actually worked out, more than I ever thought it would. I'€™m in a better place now than I've ever been in my whole entire life. I'€™m 45 years old now and you'€™d think I would be at the end of my career. Now I feel like it's just beginning."
His problems were bad enough in 2006 that WWE chose to let him go to its (admittedly weak) competition than continue babysitting him through his drug abuse issues. And, remember, it wasn't that long ago that he was busted for his fourth drunk driving incident in six years. In fact, the last time his contract with TNA came up, Angle reportedly contacted WWE about coming back and found himself talking into an empty line.
Two things have changed since then:
1) Angle is now a couple years older with that much more damage to his already beat up body
2) He claims to be clean and sober after a stint in rehab following his arrest last year
If Angle is willing to take a reduced role that doesn't involve wrestling at the level he's at now in TNA, perhaps WWE would find it worthwhile to bring him back to put him in its Hall of Fame and use him as a legend. But Angle has shown no signs that he's prepared to take a reduced role like that anytime soon.
And that likely means another contract with TNA, a company that has shown it will turn a blind eye to all his past indiscretions and health problems.