It looks like Kurt Angle is returning to the WWE fold in time for this year’s Hall Of Fame. It is being reported that Angle will be headlining this year’s 2017 Hall Of Fame Class.
— WWE on ESPN (@WWEonESPN) January 16, 2017
Speaking to ESPN, Angle said he was informed of WWE’s decision to induct him into the HOF today.
“I figured they either decided they didn’t want to do anything with me or they forgot. Hunter said they never forgot and he called and told me this is the first thing they want to do. And whether I wrestle or not after this — which is irrelevant right now — I’m just really proud to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. I gave a lot of energy and time to WWE those first seven years, and I’m grateful that they recognized it.
“I was shocked. I’ve been out of WWE for a long time and out of touch with them so I didn’t really expect this. It’s a huge honor. This is the only Hall of Fame that I’m not in and probably [the one] I want to be in the most. This is the one that means the most for me. I had a lot of fun entertaining the fans for seven years with WWE, and I’m glad that my hard work paid off.”
Angle and WWE haven’t been on the best of terms since he left the promotion back in 2006. His time away from the company has been riddled with legal issues, personal problems, and of course, wrestling for TNA. Angle apparently has a quasi-contract with WWE that runs through WrestleMania but reportedly does not include anything regarding in-ring action.
WWE backed up the announcement made by ESPN on Twitter moments ago.
— WWE (@WWE) January 16, 2017
And, Kurt Angle says he’s coming home.
I'm coming home! #itsdamntrue
— Kurt Angle (@RealKurtAngle) January 16, 2017