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Kurt Angle says there’s mutual interest in his WWE return, but it’s still a year or two away

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It’s difficult to remember where we stand on the whole “Kurt Angle returning to WWE” issue.

Fans seem split on desperately wanting to chant “You Suck” along with “Medal” and being worried their Olympic Hero’s long list of spinal injuries & concussions mean they’d have to watch his return match in a state of constant fear.

Actually, that pretty much describes the debate WWE is probably having about bringing him back, too.

Last we heard, Kurt and Triple H has a brief chat which supposedly helped mend some fences in their relationship. After some hopeful rumors Angle would be a part of the post-brand split wave of returning veterans (which has thus far only produced Rhyno, Jinder Mahal & Curt Hawkins) that pretty much everyone involved shot down, the TNA Hall of Famer is back to working occassional independent dates while pursuing other opportunities in entertainment.

As a guest on The Ric Flair Show podcast, Angle spoke on a return to WWE again. Unfortunately, it doesn’t tell us much more than what we already knew:

If I go back to WWE it would most likely be the year or year after. I did talk with Triple H a few months ago, very loose conversation. They have interest, I have interest. They don’t know what to do with me yet, you know, it was more of a loose conversation. Put it this way, I wouldn’t be surprised if I go back next year and I wouldn’t be surprised if I don’t go back at all.

But it was kind of cool to talk to Triple H and bury the hatchet with the past. We are both on good terms with each other. I reach out to Vince every once in awhile.

It’s just good to be able to let the past go behind you and you know, if something does happen, it just feels good to know that I will end my career there. If I don’t, then that’s fine too. The Hall of Fame is important to me, but it wouldn’t kill me if I wasn’t in. You just never know.

The most concrete thing we can take from this is probably that an in-ring return is very unlikely. Next year, Angle will be 48. If it’s “year after”, he’ll be pushing 50. While guys like Undertaker and Sting have worked a part-time schedule or the occassional feud at that age, neither had as serious, or well-publicized, health issues as Kurt.

A 2017-18 comeback would most likely consist of Angle Slamming Heath Slater in a comedy segment or cornering American Alpha for a match en route to a Hall of Fame induction.

Either of which would be pretty cool.

What do you think, Cagesiders?

H/T WrestleZone for transcription

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