John Cena, The Undertaker, Shelton Benjamin. None found a mention when wrestling champion Kurt Angle entered the ring on Monday night RAW to inform fans about his farewell match taking place at WrestleMania 35.
The Olympic gold medalist, who will be bidding goodbye to WWE, had fans on the edge of their seats when he made the announcement that he was given the opportunity to choose an opponent for his final WrestleMania appearance.
This is what he said.
"I wanna thank the McMahon family for allowing me to pick my opponent for my farewell match. There are so many superstars I would love to face, but there's only one I want to beat. And he's the man that has made my life a living hell, since I've been the General Manager of Monday night RAW. That man is Baron Corbin. Nothing will make me happier than to make Baron Corbin tap out at WrestleMania and I can end my career the happiest man in the world."
To his credit, Angle probably put Corbin first on his list as the two have been embroiled in a feud ever since Stephanie McMahon chose the latter as acting GM of RAW when Angle was away. The two have also faced each other several times in the ring, with Angle losing their last clash back in January.
Expecting big fish to pop up in his announcement, fans were disappointed, to say the least. That he will be facing an "underwhelming" opponent for the big night did not sit well with many in attendance at Chicago's Allstate Arena, who followed the big reveal with boos and chants of Cena.
WWE supporters on Twitter weren't pleased either. Angle deserves a better send-off, as mentioned by many.
Wrestlemania is cancelled— y (@cuntybiscuit) March 19, 2019
Cena (and us) right now: pic.twitter.com/9ZOldTyUXV— zony ztark saw cm 39 (@coupdebanks) March 19, 2019
No one:March 19, 2019
“Kurt Angle announces he’ll be facing Corbin at mania”March 19, 2019
I’m hoping this is a joke.— 2 DRINK MIKE (@NaturallyMike) March 19, 2019
Kurt Angle should have his last match against John Cena, makes the most sense since Cena had his first WWE match against Kurt & this would be a good sendoff for him since they have that connection.March 19, 2019
I wanna go back in time and tell 2007 Kurt that a dude named Baron Corbin is gonna retire him. See how that goes .— Matt . (@Raw_Wrestle) March 19, 2019
Well, look at the positives.
I'll play devil's advocate -- based on how we've seen Angle look in the ring, Corbin losing is a way to make them seem on the same plane— Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful.com (@SeanRossSapp) March 19, 2019
People are crapping on Corbin/Angle but guaranteed that match will have heat. Corbin is such an underrated heel, he'll have people rooting against him like crazy #RAW— Nick Kostos (@TheKostos) March 19, 2019
I know a lot can happen between now and #WrestleMania including the night of but as it stands now Kurt Angle deserves a better send off if this is truly the end of his in-ring career. Gave so much. Overcome so much. #WWE— Scott Fishman (@smFISHMAN) March 19, 2019
Angle's farewell WrestleMania match will be held on April 7.