Kurt Angle, a former WWE star who currently works for TNA, recently did an interview with The Sun in the U.K. to promote TNA's overseas tour. In it, he's asked about returning to the company that made him a big deal, and his answer is surprisingly honest.
"Yeah (I see a day where I go back to WWE). I can't say when, not just from a personal standpoint but I don't know. My contract is up in September, I've left my options open. I'm very happy in TNA, Dixie Carter's been awesome, she's treated me very well. She's always been there for me, she's been a great boss, a great leader, but I can't lie to myself anymore. I can't lie to TNA, I can't lie to WWE; Yeah, there is that desire to go back. I just don't know when. Could it be this year? Maybe. Could it be next year? Maybe, but I don't know yet."
It wasn't that long ago that Angle was claiming his contract came up in August, but that's a minor detail that hardly matters. The fact that he's openly promoting his desire to work for the competition of the company he's current employed by is incredible.
Then he takes it one step further:
"I think it has a lot to do with (unfinished business). There are guys up there right now that I would love to work with. I feel the same way now as I did in WWE when I was thinking about AJ Styles and Samoa Joe. I'm looking up there and seeing Daniel Bryan and CM Punk, all the guys, guys who I really... even Triple H, who I didn't have that five-star match with because I just started when I had that program with him. Now that him and I are both seasoned wrestlers, I can't imagine what it would be like if him and I main evented at WrestleMania. So, yeah, it's all about how do you want to go out? How do you want to be remembered? It's not a bad thing to stay in TNA, I don't think it is at all. But you're right, I just have some unfinished business in the other company and whether I do it now or three years from now I believe it will happen someday."
So not only does he want to go back because the roster of wrestlers in WWE is deeper with more opportunity for great matches with top stars, he's also concerned about legacy. And despite his attempt to save face with TNA, he makes it clear that he doesn't want to leave pro wrestling without a WWE send off.
Later, he would say TNA losing Hulk Hogan was tough, though probably the right move, but losing Sting is devastating because he's the cornerstone of the entire promotion.
It should be noted that both are likely WWE bound within the next month or so, and maybe sooner.
Don't be surprised if Angle attempts to join them later this year, assuming he can get his phone calls returned.