That didn't take long. There are a lot of people working for WWE, but that number is much lower than it was six weeks ago. On April 15, WWE released several fighters from their contracts and also suspended a group of producers behind the scenes. It makes sense given that far fewer events are taking place, but at some point those producers would return. One is coming back in a different way.
Arguably the biggest, or at least the most famous, name on the list was Kurt Angle. Despite not being an active fighter in over a year, Angle remains one of the biggest names in all of wrestling and a true legend. He has a resume that no other wrestler can offer and that's the kind of thing that has value for WWE. At the very least, it can bring serious star power, and that will be the case again next week.
As announced on WWE.comAngle will serve as a guest referee for next Wednesday's cage match between Matt Riddle and Timothy Thatcher. The match will have special rules, no drops and the match can only end by submission or knockout. Thatcher challenged Riddle to face him in a rematch after Riddle pinned him last week. Riddle agreed to confront him, albeit in a cage.
The team rallied and fell apart in a hurry. See how we got here:
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Opinion: It's nice to see Angle back, but this also seems like a play to get a rating, even if Angle shows up he doesn't feel that special anymore. At least it's nice to see him still in the fold, but at the same time there are many other people who were fired who don't have the same story as Angle. They could probably use the look a lot more, although Angle is tailor-made for this. In other words, there are some people I'd rather see here, but Angle makes more sense.
What do you see Angle doing in the game? How will the party develop? Let us know in the comments below.
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