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Hall Of Famer Wanted Another WWE Championship Run Before Retiring

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• ON THIS DAY IN WCW HISTORY (July 30, 1989) – NWA Main Event

On this day in 1989, Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘NWA Main Event’.

This episode happened a week after the ‘NWA Great American Bash 1989’ PPV and featured pre-taped matches & storyline segments.

The card can be found below:

– The Ding Dongs vs. Fred Avery & the Enforcer

– Interviews w/ Terry Funk & Ric Flair

– Tommy Rich vs. The Iron Sheik

– Dick Murdoch & Eddie Gilbert vs. Norman the Lunatic & Bill Irwin

• Hall Of Famer Wanted Another WWE Championship Run Before Retiring

WWE Hall Of Famer Kurt Angle retired at WrestleMania 35 after losing to Baron Corbin.

While speaking to Instinct Culture, Angle revealed that he wanted to win the WWE Championship one last time before retiring, but Vince McMahon didn’t allow it to happen.

Below is what Angle said:

“It didn’t go the way I wanted it to. Vince McMahon had an idea for me, I think he was looking at me as a liability, someone that was addicted to painkillers, someone that broke his neck 5 times. So, I think Vince didn’t have the same idea I did.

I wanted to get a title run when I came back. I actually took a year off after I left TNA and I wrestled around the world. I did events in the UK, Europe, Asia, Mexico, Arizona; I did a pay-per-view down there with Rey Mysterio.

I wanted to have another title run and retire. And Vince McMahon wanted me inducted into the Hall of Fame and I told him, ‘Well, I am not done wrestling’ and he said, ‘That’s okay’ And I said, ‘Well, you know eventually I would like to wrestle,’ and he said ‘We’ll get there.’

So, after the Hall of Fame, that night, after I had my speech, Vince McMahon came up to me and said, ‘You’re going to be the GM of RAW starting tomorrow.’ And I was like ‘Well, I still wanna wrestle,’ he said, ‘We’ll get you there.’ So, I think he did everything he could to kind of push that off. And when it was time for me to wrestle, I was doing the GM job for a year and a half; I was inactive, not bumping, not wrestling. My body started getting arthritic, my neck tightened up, my back, my knees.

Before I knew it, I got in the ring and I looked like an old man wrestling. And I knew that. Even though the company wanted me to continue to wrestle, I didn’t feel right about it for a couple reasons. One, I wanted to come back and have the title run, that wasn’t going to happen.

Basically I wanted to come back and have a good way to retire. Vince McMahon told me that I had a program with Baron Corbin, and I told him that I wanted to retire at WrestleMania, and he said ‘Well, you’re going to wrestle Baron Corbin because you had a program with him for the last seven months.’ I said, ‘Vince, I want to retire, Baron is a great talent but he’s an upcoming talent, how about John Cena?’ He said, ‘If you want John Cena, next year you got him, but this year you get Baron’ I said, ‘Vince, I am not going next year. I am done. This is it.’

He said, ‘Well, you’re stuck with this.’ So I respect it, I understood why because they had spent a lot of time building up Baron Corbin and we had to have a match. If I wanted to continue for another year, I could have got Cena, but I didn’t want to go a whole other year. I knew I was done.”

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