KURT ANGLE has tipped Brock Lesnar to stay at WWE unless AEW can pay him £15.5million.
Lesnar, 43, sparked rumours he could switch promotion or even make a UFC return after his WWE contract ran out.
But Angle thinks his former on-screen rival and close friend – who is believed to earn £8m a year despite working part time – will re-sign with Vince McMahon.
It comes following doubts on whether AEW boss Tony Khan could match his WWE wages.
Angle, 51, told WrestlingInc: “[WWE], obviously, they’re not going to let him go.
“Brock’s pretty level headed. He doesn’t get in any trouble. So there’s no reason to fire the kid.
“He’s a tremendous athlete, a tremendous employee. So I think Brock just got tired of doing it.”
“I don’t know if he wants to fight again. I don’t know if you want to go to another company.
“I cannot see him going to another company, unless Tony Khan wants to pay him $10-20 million.
“I don’t know, but you never know, but I think Brock should just end his career in WWE.
“I mean the way they treat him and the way he gets paid, I don’t know why he’d not want to just stay. It’s really up to him, but I think he wants to fight.
“I think that’s the reason.”
UFC president Dana White opened the door for Lesnar – who has not fought since 2016 – to make an octagon comeback.
But the ex-heavyweight champion saw his last fight marred in controversy after his failed pre and post-fight drug tests caused his win to be reversed to a no-contest.
MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko, now at Bellator, as well as Jon Jones are potential opponents for Lesnar if he was to fight again.
But having achieved all his goals in amateur wrestling, WWE and the UFC, retirement remains an option for the superstar.