Chris Jericho says that Kevin Owens is the perfect opponent for Stone Cold Steve Austin as the WWE Hall of Famer looks to return to action.
On March 8th, Stone Cold Steve Austin answered the challenge of Kevin Owens and said that he would “open up one last can of whoop-ass” on the star. While it remains unclear as to whether Austin’s return will be in a ‘proper’ match, or simply a fight after a KO Show segment, it’s clear that the former World Champion is coming back with a purpose.
One man who crossed paths with Austin more than once during his full-time career is Chris Jericho. Interestingly, the veteran also has an extensive history with Kevin Owens. The pair memorably clashing during Jericho’s last run in WWE.
Appearing on The Kurt Angle Show, via AdFreeShows, the now AEW star, reflected on Austin coming out of retirement. Furthermore, Jericho said that he believes that Owens is the perfect opponent for the WWE legend.
“He’s the best guy for the job,” stated Jericho. “He’s one of the only guys for the job because, first of all, if Steve does come back, he’s going to look like a killer. He’s going to be so big and jacked up, he’s not going to comeback and just be there wearing a shirt and shorts. He always told me, ‘If I go back, I don’t want to go back as anything less than before. If I go back, there’s going to be so much training going on, that I don’t want to comeback just for one.’ Maybe he wants to comeback for two, I don’t know, maybe he doesn’t comeback at all.
If he does, who is he going to work? You look at the guys on the roster, he’s not going to work with Brock because he doesn’t need to get dumped on his head. Nobody wants to see that. He’s not going to work with Goldberg because you don’t want to put those guys from the same generation out there. I would never work…I work with other guys because I remember when Matt Hardy came in, ‘we don’t need to see a Jericho vs. Matt Hardy match. We don’t need to see Jericho vs. Christian.’ We’ve seen them. We need to see Matt Hardy and Sammy, Jericho and Kingston.”
Jericho said that not only is Owens the perfect adversary inside the ring, he’s the perfect man to go toe-to-toe with Austin on the microphone.
“If Steve comes in, the best guy for the job is Kevin Owens because Kevin will sell it on the mic, he can go toe-to-toe with Steve. He has a comedy element to him that Steve has as well and probably really have because he can use that to his advantage because Kevin will sell perfectly. You can’t do that with Roman Reigns.
Kevin will be able to work with Steve exactly the way that Steve needs and can work, which is meat and potatoes. That’s Kevin Owens. he can do some flying and flipping, but if you ask him, he’d probably rather punch and kick you in the corner and that’s Steve’s whole offensive plan. I think it’s a great idea and I would love to see it happen. Kevin has been using (the Stunner) for a while because Steve allowed him to. There’s your story. You want a realistic story, you have it right there,”
Steve Austin hasn’t wrestled since being defeated by The Rock At WrestleMania XIX in March 2003.
H/t to Fightful for the transcription.