– Kurt Angle spoke with Sports Illustrated’s Extra Mustard site to promote TNA Impact Wrestling. The full interview can be read at this link. Angle confirmed that TNA has offered him a non-wrestling deal that will see him work with younger talents and be the face of the company. Angle commented on why he doesn’t plan on talking with WWE during this upcoming year away from the ring:
“As far as WWE, I’m not going to talk to them. But I know my ability is just as good as it ever was. If WWE thinks I’m too old or my body isn’t durable or that I have a problem with medication–which I obviously don’t, I’ve been clean and sober for two years and nine months–but the issue has nothing to do with my talent.
“There is a reason they passed on me last time. You’ve got to remember WWE is a publicly traded company and they have people to answer to, and you have a person who was pretty reckless from 2008 to 2013. I got hit with four DUIs. That’s pretty irresponsible. You have to look at a company that is publicly traded, like WWE, and the reputation they have to uphold, so you really have to be careful who you hire. And TNA is the reason why I’m clean and sober, so I have to give them credit, too. They allowed me time off to go to rehab and get my life together. So it’s one of those things where I’m not going to expect anything. Is it possible I go back to WWE somewhere along the lines? Of course. I think I’ll end up in the Hall of Fame, but I just don’t know if WWE will ever want me to wrestle again. It’s up to them and it’s up to me. I don’t know what I’m going to do. But if I do decide to do it, it would be nice. A lot of people would like to see it, so we’ll see what happens.”
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