When asked about it during a Facebook Q&A, Kurt Angle gave this answer:
“Yes, I wish I would have wrestled more when I came back in early 2017. I was wrestling really well then. Because of my inactivity of being GM, my body started to get arthritic. I got tighter, more sore, and less flexible than when I was active 2 years ago. In other words, the inactivity of not wrestling consistently led me to retirement a little faster. But, I can’t complain. I loved doing what I did in WWE.”
When Angle did wrestle for WWE on this last run, it looked like he was moving at half speed. He also seemed to be perpetually injured. If we’re to believe him, that could have been due to simple inactivity.
Then again, he also thought his retirement match with Baron Corbin at WrestleMania 35 was great:
“I felt it was a great match. Could it have been better? Maybe. But it was solid and I played my role in it.”
What more can you say, right?