WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle posted a cryptic message on social media ahead of this week’s Monday Night Raw.
The 50-year-old, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, hinted at one last mega match before he decides to hang up his boots.
He said: "From my amazing WWE HOF career, to my work as GM of Raw, to the way things have gone down the past couple of months, I will address my future in WWE this week on Monday Night Raw. #itstrue #wwe #wrestling #thetruth"
With the ‘Road to WrestleMania’ in full force, speculation as to whether or not the Olympic Gold Medallist will be a part of WrestleMania 35 has begun.
The Showcase of the Immortals, at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on April 7, currently only has two advertised matches.
Before Angle addresses the WWE Universe tonight, Mirror Sport’s Tony Quant has picked five potential opponents for him at WrestleMania.
Perhaps the obvious choice for an opponent is Baron Corbin, who has not really done a great deal at WrestleMania, since winning the Andre the Giant Battle Royal back in 2016.
The pair have had a recent feud over who controls Monday Night Raw and so the story is near enough written to lead them into a bout on the grandest stage of them all.
It seems WWE see something in Corbin, which perhaps not everyone else does, and a win over Angle at Mania could be the catalyst to lead him on to bigger and better things in 2019.
If Corbin is able to overcome the six-time WWE world champion again, having notched a win against him on Raw last week, it would be one hell of a feather in his cap.
What better way to make your main roster in-ring debut than at WrestleMania, against a WWE Hall of Famer?
EC3 has been nothing short of unimpressive since graduating from NXT in some bland backstage segments. His real skills lie inside the ring as an arrogant, conceited heel and with an opponent like Angle, there is definitely a great opportunity to propel EC3 into a top tier guy.
They have a storied rivalry from IMPACT Wrestling – EC3 feuded with Angle in early 2014, then defeated him in July 2015 to win the TNA World Heavyweight Championship for the first time in his career – so a match between the two should produce the goods.
EC3 looks the part, is great on the microphone, but is currently unknown to the general viewers of WWE’s weekly TV programming. A match, let alone a victory over Angle, would effectively give him the opportunity to make an impact (pardon the pun) on the WWE Universe and get everyone invested in him.
It seems as though he has been away forever, but it’s a testament to how good he is that everyone is still missing seeing Kevin Owens inside a WWE ring.
One of the best in the business, KO welcomed Daniel Bryan back to WWE in a tag team match at last year’s WrestleMania, when he teamed with Sami Zayn against Bryan and Shane McMahon.
The former Universal Champion will himself be wanting to make a huge statement on his return from injury, having been out of the ring since October due to needing knee surgery.
Both men have history, stemming from Angle’s Raw General Manager role, but that aside, Owens is such a great heel that he is capable of making an intriguing storyline out of anything.
If Owens makes a return to TV in the next few weeks then that is more than enough time for the pair to set up a match at the MetLife Stadium.
Of all the names on this list, this is probably the one opponent we could be most likely to see Angle face, and equally one of the most interesting.
WWE Intercontinental Champion Bobby Lashley is a dominant force on the red brand, but doesn’t have a clear path ahead of him to WrestleMania.
Having overcome some muddled booking when he first returned to WWE, it is now highly unlikely that we don’t get to see Bobby and his hype man Lio Rush on the show
Lashley and Angle worked many classic bouts in IMPACT Wrestling and while physically Kurt is not the competitor he once was, it would be hard to see them put on anything less than a solid match.
Perhaps the odds of this match happening at WrestleMania would increase if Lashley wasn’t the Intercontinental Champion, with Kurt unlikely to pursue singles gold, but crazier things have happened.
Fans are hoping Drew McIntyre gets a high profile match at WrestleMania 35 and in that regard, it doesn’t get much bigger than a showdown with Kurt Angle.
Storyline wise, McIntyre made short work of Angle on Raw in Manchester back in November, humiliating the Olympian by forcing him to tap out to his own ankle lock submission.
If the proud former world champion wants to prove he can still hang with the best and demands one last shot at redemption, the Scottish Psychopath could be a logical pick.
Similar to a few other names on this list, there doesn’t currently seem to be a clear path to WrestleMania for McIntyre, so a clash between WWE’s past and its future could well appeal.
However, the Drew may be set for a collision with another of his recent rivals – an even bigger foe than Kurt – The Monster Among Men, Braun Strowman.
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