Kurt Angle opens up about WWE retirement match with Baron Corbin: ‘I would have liked to go out with a win’

At WrestleMania 35, the WWE waved goodbye to not just one legend, but two.

Batista retired after losing to Triple H and Kurt Angle had his farewell match against Baron Corbin, where he also lost.

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Kurt Angle and Baron Corbin faced off at WrestleMania

Once Angle announced that he was going to have his final match ever at WrestleMania, fans began dreaming of some worthy matchups.

Not many of those fans imagined that Baron Corbin would be the man to face Angle, let alone beat him.

The WWE Hall of Famer did a Q&A on Facebook over the weekend and he suggested he would have liked to have beaten Corbin.

“Honestly? My Wrestlemania 35 match. I would have liked to go out with a win, but I understand why it didn’t occur. Many people believe that I should have had a different opponent. Maybe. Maybe not. But my argument as to why it should have been Corbin is pretty strong. As a HOFer and Legend in WWE, I came to my final match last Sunday. It was my retirement match. As a legend or HOFer or- whatever you want to call me, my job is to leave the WWE by doing the honors for a younger talent. I did that. I would have loved to have won, but I don’t think I would have properly played my role if I did. You leave the company better than it was before you came.

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Kurt Angle during his final run with WWE

“I think I was able to do that by losing to Corbin and then getting laid out on Raw the next night to Lars. It may have felt wrong, but it was the right thing to do. Agree to disagree.”

It’s clear Angle didn’t get much say in who his final opponent would be. But you can understand the WWE wanting to give and up and coming talent like Corbin a big rub like that and, storyline wise, those two clashing did make sense.

Still, when you consider Stone Cold Steve Austin’s final match was against The Rock, Ric Flair’s was against Shawn Michaels’, HBK’s was against the Undertaker and Batista’s was against Triple H, Baron Corbin doesn’t quite fit.

However, they did all lose those matches.

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