WWE legend Kurt Angle reveals how Vince McMahon denied his dream retirement match against John Cena
KURT ANGLE was denied his dream retirement match against John Cena by Vince McMahon.
The Olympic gold medallist called time on his legendary WWE career at WrestleMania 35.
His defeat against Baron Corbin proved to be the final chapter – but it was another star he wanted to bow out against.
The 52-year-old returned to WWE in 2017 and always planned to retire from in-ring competition with the company.
And Angle would reveal how McMahon prevented that from happening, unless he waited another 12 months.
He told Instinct Culture in November: “Vince McMahon told me I had a program with Baron Corbin and I told him I wanted to retire at WrestleMania this past year.
"And he said, ‘Well, you’re gonna wrestle Baron Corbin ‘cause you’ve had a program with him for the last several months.’
“I said, ‘Vince, I want to retire. Baron’s a great talent but he’s an upcoming talent, how about John Cena?’
“[McMahon] said, ‘If you want John Cena you got it. But this year you got Baron’.
“I said, ‘Vince, I’m not going next year. I’m done, this is it’. And he said, ‘Well, you’re stuck with this'.”
Angle added: “So I respected [the decision], I understood why because they spent a lot of time building up Baron Corbin and we had to have a match.
“If I wanted to continue another I could’ve had Cena.
“But I didn’t wanna go a whole another year. I knew I was done.”
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