So, what does it all mean? When might we see Kurt?
Nowadays, the speculation, at least in the short term, is whether or not Angle would factor into the brand split coming in July. I have to say, I doubt it. He’s been pretty forward about taking limited bookings (four, all booked) this year, so unless he’s coming back in to serve on commentary or to become a show GM, I doubt there’s any rush to bring him back immediately.
Now, there is a good time this Summer to bring him back in some role. That would be around the Summer Games, something Angle knows plenty about. But, even though WWE airs on USA, which is part of the NBCU portfolio (and NBCU is broadcasting the Games), this one is also probably a long shot.
How would I do it? There’s one obvious way, and one I consider outside the box.
The obvious one is to have Kurt involve himself in the United States title picture-assuming you want to get him back over as a patriotic face. But I can’t see him getting too physical anytime soon, so while this is obvious, I consider this a long shot.
What is the outside the box option? Well, we have a young tag team in NXT, one whose background is heavily leaning toward the amateur/Olympic style. And, this same young team just got waxed by a new team managed by Paul Ellering. Now, as far as I can recall, Ellering and Angle never crossed paths, but that doesn’t mean that Angle couldn’t come back, specifically to initially work with American Alpha, before eventually easing onto a main roster farewell tour.
Or, there’s a chance we don’t see Angle until he’s a surprise entrant in the 2017 Royal Rumble. Or later. But I, for one, am excited about the chances of an Angle return, and what it could mean, even in the short term.