Kurt Angle took part in WWE Royal Rumble. Photo credits: WWE.com
Kurt Angle was just one of the two WWE Hall of Famers who entered the ring during WWE Royal Rumble that took place on Sunday. The proceedings opened with Elias present in the ring. Hall of Famer Jeff Jarrett was the second one to join the match. Shinsuke Nakamura was the third participant and then came the turn of Angle, who was the second superstar to be eliminated after Jarrett.
At no stage, it looked like he was there in the ring to win as he could just survive for three minutes and 15 seconds before being eliminated by Nakamura. A report in Wrestling Observer Newsletter has now suggested that Angle was never supposed to compete in the match and he ended up replacing Zack Ryder, the new tag team partner of Kurt Hawkins.
It is a big surprise to learn that Angle was not a part of original plans for Royal Rumble as the WWE legend had himself given indications that he wants to compete in Royal Rumble.
Angle was not the only superstar to replace another wrestler in the match as Niax Jax also entered the match in place of R-Truth, whom she attacked from behind to not allow him to enter the ring. In the end, Seth Rollins would send Braun Strowman from over the top to win the 30-man Royal Rumble.
Talking of Angles’ WWE future, there is still no clarity over it as Angle had recently said that he cannot take part in matches. On Monday, however, he took part in a one-on-one match against Baron Corbin, where he also lost the tie.
Angle was expected to replace Corbin as the General Manager of Raw after TLC but that didn’t happen. Going forward, there are chances that Angle might take over the role soon. Presently, the McMahon family is the head of all the proceedings in WWE.