Kurt Angle did an interview with Chicago Now to promote Thursday's Impact Wrestling tapings in the city. Below is an excerpt:
Impact Wrestling is slowly becoming a more main stream show to the general audience. With the WWE always being the focal point how do you feel Impact Wrestling will be in 5 years and be comparable to the top company in professional wrestling?
It continues to grow no doubt worldwide. We are on the road for good and we are taking little steps to improve the overall product. I believe in 5 years if things are done right we could be competing with the monster (WWE). They have amazing programming and Vince McMahon has done wonders for his product. I have been in Impact Wrestling for 7 years and I thought by now we would be up in the ratings. I believe that’s going to take a little more time.
You have said repeatedly that you want to retire from the ring in 3 years. Is that something that you still want to hold yourself to?
I might be involved in some way but not in the ring. I might have a part time schedule where I do some selected shows, which I can handle. If I decide to do that I won’t announce my retirement.
But I’m going to give TNA the next 3 years of my absolute best and see what happens.
Angle also speaks on the IOC's decision to drop wrestling from the 2020 Olympics and discusses his WWE past. Click here to read the piece in its entirety.