As noted, Kurt Angle was pulled from his booking at this Saturday's "5 Star Wrestling" Dominant Wrestling TV show, which is set to air live on Spike TV UK at 8pm ET, which will be hours before the Royal Rumble pay-per-view. The timing was interesting, however Angle spoke to TMZ Sports, as seen in the video below, and shut down rumors of appearing at the Rumble.
"The Royal Rumble is not going to happen, A lot of people are assuming it, a lot of writers are writing about it. I haven't talked to WWE about anything after the WWE Hall of Fame. I'm sure they're going to want to do something eventually,
I'm not sure if it's wrestling- related or not, but I would imagine that I would be attached to WWE most likely for the rest of my life. There aren't any clues or anything that led me to that, I just believe that this is the start our our new relationship and we're only focusing on the Hall of Fame."