Angle told The Sun, “When I do retire, I won’t be coming back. But I do see myself, after my contract is up, going on a reduced schedule where I will be part-time and only doing particular PPVs and TVs.”
The 1996 Olympic gold medalist confirmed he would not be walking away from wrestling when his contract expires as he still wants to be part of the sport.
Angle said, “I definitely am going to still be involved in wrestling because even though, thank God, I’m financially set, I love what I do.It’s hard to walk away from it when you can still do it. I’m still kicking hard and in my prime, I haven’t lost a step.”
He then summed up his comments by saying, “When the time comes, when my contract is up, I’ll definitely do a part-time schedule.”
This news is not exactly a surprise.
Angle is in his mid-40's and has been active in professional wrestling for nearly 15 years. Other well-known superstars like The Undertaker and Triple H also took on a part-time schedule at a similar point in their lives.
This does not mean that Angle will be going part-time immediately though.
He signed a three-year deal with TNA in October 2011, so is scheduled to work full-time for another 18 months. That should give the company plenty of time to give Angle one last run as champion, followed by a good send-off as he reverts to semi-retirement.
What many fans will want to know is whether Angle is interested in doing a part-time run in WWE.
He told The Sun, “If this happens in TNA, then great. I’ll be there for the big shows and represent them the best way I can. Hopefully they’ll get a lot more success out of it, more PPV buys and more attendance.”
His statement certainly doesn’t rule out a return to the WWE.
There would certainly be a number of marquee matchups if Angle did decide to have one last run. Return matches against Brock Lesnar, Undertaker and Triple H would all sell in the same way that the Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar feud has this wrestling year.
Angle will always be remembered as one of the great wrestlers of our time.
His decision to drop down to a part-time schedule should allow him to have the best quality of life. That has to be the right choice for the man and his family.
If it happens to be that a fully healthy and rested Angle can give the fans a dozen more memorable matches, then that will be even better.