WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle has opened up about the few regrets he has from his wrestling days. The 52-year-old former WWF Champion said he regrets not having fulfilled his dream of facing off against wrestlers Daniel Bryan and fellow Hall of Famer Bret Hart.
In an interview with Inside the Ropes, the Olympic gold medallist also spoke highly of Dolph Ziggler, confessing his desire to work with the ‘The Showoff’ as well. However, he said Ziggler was not at the very top of his list of his dream opponents.
“I always wanted to work with Dolph. From the beginning when I came back to WWE, he was on my radar. The kid is such a special talent, he can do just about anything and I think that his size really helps him,” he said.
“He's a little bit smaller, so he's able to do a lot more. But I've always loved his work. I've been a big fan of him since he started and I would have loved to have a match with him. He wasn't my dream match per se: Daniel Bryan was, or Bret Hart.”
Angle revealed how he tried multiple times to get a match against both Bryan and Hart, but it didn’t work out. And this isn’t the first time he’s confessing his desire to have faced Hart in a match. In an interview last year, Angle said he tried to convince Hart for a fight.
However, Hart – also known as ‘The Hitman’ – turned down the offer as he did not think it would be the kind of ‘Bret Hart match’ that the two would’ve wanted. Angle said that if a young Hart had approached him now for a dream match, he also would turn it down.
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“So, I understood why Bret didn't want to do it. Because he had the stroke and he had a lot of bad luck, you know, some things happened that made it medically difficult for him to come back and be at his very best.”
Angle retired in April, 2019 at Wrestlemania 35 but has time and again hinted at a possible return.