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Angle says no to new WWE role

Six weeks ago, Kurt Angle -- two-time NCAA heavyweight champ and 1996 Olympic freestyle gold medalist -- was among dozens released from his WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) contract after decades in pro wrestling.

Kurt Angle
What has the former amateur wrestling star been doing since those WWE budget cuts?

Paul Davis, who covers pro wrestling for WrestlingNews.co, provided an update to readers Tuesday, "Last week, I exclusively reported that Kurt Angle would be offered a new contract to return to WWE after being released in April during the budget cuts."

"During an interview with CBR.com, Angle confirmed that he was offered a deal but it was for a role as Matt Riddle's manager."

"Angle said, "WWE has offered me a job to manage him. Unfortunately, I turned it down due to a few different reasons, but I would have loved to manage him. It just wasn't the right time."

In other words, Angle may not have found exactly the right assignment within WWE just yet… but does not appear to be about to walk away from the pro wrestling organization that has provided him with fame and fortune for decades.

As Paul Davis goes on to state, Angle is under a non-compete until July. Davis added that "some other furloughed producers are expected to be brought back in the next few weeks."

Angle has been retired from in-ring competition since WrestleMania 35 one year ago. He has made sporadic appearances on WWE television programs since.

Prior to launching his pro wrestling career, Kurt Steven Angle crafted a highly successful career in amateur wrestling, as a high school, college and international champion. A native of the Pittsburgh area, Angle was a three-time PIAA (Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association) state tournament qualifier, placing third in the state championships as a junior, and winning the state title as a senior in 1987.

Angle continued his folkstyle wrestling career in-state at Clarion University, where he was a three-time NCAA Division I All-American, winning heavyweight (285-pound) titles in 1990 and 1992, placing second in 1991.

After college, Angle focused on his freestyle wrestling career, winning a gold medal in the 100-kilogram (220-pound) weight class at the 1995 World Championships in Atlanta. One year later, in the same city, Angle earned gold in the same weight class at the 1996 Olympics. Angle was welcomed into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Okla. as a Distinguished Member for his amateur wrestling accomplishments in 2001.

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