His final match didn’t go down as a win but Kurt Angle admitted he would have liked to walk away with the victory in his retirement match at WrestleMania 35.
Kurt Angle faced Baron Corbin in his last-ever match at WrestleMania. Most fans thought it was a mistake for WWE to choose Corbin as the final opponent in Angle’s farewell bout but Angle wasn’t really upset with his choice of foe, saying there were plenty of good reasons for it to be Corbin he faced. It was more the result of that match that has left Angle a bit disappointed.
“Honestly? My Wrestlemania 35 match. I would have liked to go out with a win, but I understand why it didn’t occur… I would have loved to have won, but I don’t think I would have properly played my role if I did. You leave the company better than it was before you came.”
Just this response alone shows how much of a professional Angle is and how much more he understands the business than the typical fan who was more upset than he was to go out on his back. Angle has been around long enough to know that his role during retirement is to make that person you’re facing last look as strong as possible. He did that and then some with Corbin who got a win on the biggest stage WWE offers and in the biggest match of Corbin’s career to date.
Would Angle have liked a different result? Of course. It only makes sense. But, did he do what is often expected of guys in his position when leaving WWE? 100%.