Kurt Angle To Retire From Wrestling At Wrestlemania 35

Kurt Angle's Hall of Fame career will come to a close at this year's Wrestlemania.

Appearing on last night's episode of Raw in his hometown of Pittsburgh, the Olympic Gold medalist revealed that he will have a "farewell match" on the grandest stage of them all before retiring from in-ring competition.

"At WrestleMania, I will compete in my farewell match," Angle said in an emotional announcement.

"I'd like to thank the WWE, I'd like to thank every superstar that I've shared the locker room with, and most importantly, I want to thank each and every one of you."

Angle then went one-on-one with Apollo Crews in the first match of his WWE farewell tour, emerging victorious and embracing the 31-year old after the match.

There was a chorus of "Thank you Angle!" chants from the WWE universe, who have seen him churn in so many memorable moments and matches over the years.

He will have one last swan-song at the MetLife Stadium in New York on April 7 but there is no word on who will have the pleasure of being his final opponent just yet.

Angle, however, did drop a few household names in a backstage interview with WWE.

"There were a lot of names that were thrown in there," the 50-year old added.

"From [John] Cena to AJ Styles, to Samoa Joe, to Drew McIntyre, Baron Corbin, Bobby Lashley - so you never know who it's gonna be. I just hope I win and have a great Wrestlemania moment."

Having won gold in freestyle wrestling at the 1996 Olympic games in Atlanta, Angle was signed to WWE and made his debut in 1999.

Image: PA
Image: PA

He took to professional wrestling like a fish to water and went on to win a total of 12 championships, including six world titles, before leaving in 2006.

After a 10-year stint in TNA, where he won another six world championships, Angle returned as the headline Hall of Famer for the ceremony as part of Wrestlemania 33 and was announced as the Raw General Manager the night after "the show of shows".

Then, for the first time in 11 years, Angle returned to in-ring action for WWE when he temporarily joined the Shield for their match against The Miz, Braun Strowman, Cesaro, Sheamus and Kane at the TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs pay-per-view.

He subsequently wrestled for the WWE on a semi-regular basis, his most high-profile match being when he was Ronda Rousey's partner for her debut match against Triple H and Stephanie McMahon at last year's Wrestlemania.

Thank you, Kurt. One of the best to ever do it. It's true, it's damn true!!

Josh Lawless

Josh is a writer who specialises in football and wrestling. He has been published by Curzon Ashton FC, Late Tackle, Manchester City FC, The Mirror, Read Man City and Manchester Evening News. He provides coverage of professional wrestling and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the field - including the first UK interview with The Hardy Boyz after their return to WWE. He has never sported a pair of Lonsdale Slip-ons, contrary to reports.

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