When he left the WWE in August 2006, there was a feeling and a hope that he'd return to the fold at some point. Nobody could have predicted it would take almost 11 years, but Friday night's WWE Hall of Fame ceremony in Orlando made it official.
Kurt Angle is home.
The Olympic gold medalist, five-time WWE world champion and former Wrestling Observer 'Wrestler of the Decade' headlined an emotional proceeding that carried on for almost five hours at Orlando's Amway Center.
In one of the most star-studded Hall of Fame classes in recent memory, Diamond Dallas Page, Rick Rude, The Rock 'N' Roll Express, Beth Phoenix, Teddy Long and 'Warrior Award' winner Eric LeGrand joined Angle as part of the class of 2017.
There were also eight new 'legacy' inductees announced during Friday's ceremony, including Japanese legend Rikidozan and promoter Toots Mondt.