We all know Kurt Angle didn’t retire the way he should have.
A legendary artist of his rank deserved to come out like Ric Flair did against Shawn Michaels or how Stone Cold Steve Austin did against The Rock, or even Batista against Triple H.
Cena openly wanted John Cena to be the man to put him aside. Instead, he received Baron Corbin.
No disrespect for the talented Corbin here, but fans didn’t want to see WWE wrap up their script at WrestleMania, they wanted to see Angle celebrated in a high profile match.
In his new podcast with Conrad Thompson, The Kurt Angle Show Podcast, The Olympic Hero explained how he did his best to secure Cena with Vince McMahon.
“I never contacted John,” Angle explained. “I decided to go see Vince and talk to him about it, when I had the meeting with him I’m not even sure he even contacted John.”
“I didn’t expect John to be at WrestleMania, so I went to Vince a good month and a half before WrestleMania to say ‘I want John Cena at WrestleMania, I want this to be my retirement game.
“I would love to fight John because I started his career and wanted him to end mine. I was hoping he would put me in this game, but that just didn’t happen.
We know that match didn’t happen, but Cena did end up appearing at WrestleMania 35.
He brought back his Dr. of Thuganomics gadget that originally made him so popular and confronted Elias, which made Angle Street the missed opportunity.
“That’s what drove me crazy is that he’s the Thuganomics Cena and I’m the Olympic hero, that would have been perfect,” Angle said.
“I didn’t think he was going to go back and ironically he did. I saw him at WrestleMania, gave him a big hug and told him I wanted him to be his match. He said I know it just couldn’t happen.
“I didn’t ask him why, maybe Cena didn’t want to wrestle at WrestleMania. Maybe that’s the reason why it didn’t happen, I don’t know.