After a decade, Kurt Angle returned to WWE in April when he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame just before WrestleMania 33. Shortly thereafter, Vince McMahon officially announced him as the new General Manager of Monday Night Raw.
In the special WWE Network titled WWE 24 – Kurt Angle: Homecoming , the subject of the Olympic relationship with Vince McMahon was discussed, and how Angle entered the world of professional wrestling:
“In 1996, after winning the gold medal, Vince McMahon said he would like to meet with me. He gave me a contract right away. It was a 10 year contract. It was more money than I had ever seen in my life. I looked at the contract and turned to Vince and said, ‘Mr. McMahon, thanks for the offer. I hope you know that I am an Olympic gold medalist, so if I sign up with you, I could never lose .
“After that, I no longer heard from Vince McMahon. I did not understand. I did not understand what it was. When I was a kid, my brothers and coaches taught me not to see the professional fight: ‘Do not look at that, it’s false. And you are real. ‘
In 1998, the then chief of Talent Relations, Jim Ross , told Angle that the contract he was offered two years earlier was no longer on the table, but that he was more than welcome.