Kurt Angle holds WWE return talks, flying to Royal Rumble venue
WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle is expected to attend the Royal Rumble.
According to Fighting selectionformer WWE Champion Kurt Angle is expected to be in St. Louis, where the WWE Royal Rumble will take place, this weekend after talks to return to WWE television.
The report says that while Fightful has not heard details regarding Angle’s plan, the Olympic gold medalist will be in St Louis where WWE will be hosting community and press events around the Royal Rumble.
Kurt Angle is on the AdFreeShows roster, which will host live shows, but Fightful confirms the presence is more likely WWE-related after talk of Angle “returning as an on-screen presence” in WWE.
The report notes that the only confirmation they have had with WWE sources is that Kurt Angle was to be in St. Louis.
“I’ve gained a lot of weight during this pandemic. I’ve gone up to 260 and brought my butt down to 210 pounds, so I’m in the best shape I’ve ever had before the Olympics even as far as appearance, not fitness or strength.
“As far as my appearance, it’s the best I’ve ever looked at and I’m really happy with my progress.”
Continuing, Angle explained that being inactive for a long time took a physical toll on him.
“Having not done wrestling for the last few years, especially during the pandemic, I had a lot of physical problems. I had a lot of problems doing nothing, not training as much as I did, staying sitting all the time, doing nothing, being stuck at home.
“I started having a lot of back and knee pain and it got to the point where I was like I probably wouldn’t wrestle anymore.”
Watch WWE Royal Rumble 2022 live on the WWE Network – and via Peacock in the US – on Saturday, January 29, 2022. Find out everything you need to know ahead of the event here.