‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin has been rumoured for a WWE return, and now Eddie Kingston has weighed in on the matter.
It’s been just under a month since Fightful Select reported that ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin was being discussed for a potential WrestleMania 38 match, though ‘The Texas Rattlesnake’ has reportedly not yet agreed to the match. He had been rumoured to be facing Kevin Owens at the event, with the former Universal Champion’s current program centred around disrespecting Texas.
Many of those involved in the business, including Kurt Angle and Jim Ross, have openly commented on the rumour but now, All Elite Wrestling’s Eddie Kingston has weighed in on the potential WrestleMania return of the three-time ‘Mania headliner. Speaking exclusively to Inside The Ropes’ Kenny McIntosh, Kingston noted that Steve Austin saved professional wrestling and would be open to see him returning:
“Yeah of course, why not? Steve Austin is one of those guys who saved the company man, he saved wrestling. Steve Austin connected with a lot of people and he connected with me too. Would I want someone like him to come back? If he can go then yeah sure, of course. Reading interviews from Austin, I don’t think he is going to put himself out there if he can’t put on a great show so I would love to see it.”
Although Stone Cold is yet to commit to the return, Pat McAfee heavily teased it on his show with Vince McMahon, frequently shouting ‘WHAT?’ at various points. This, of course, is a chant widely associated with the WWE Hall of Famer. His interview with Vince also saw McAfee offered a match on WrestleMania, though his opponent is yet to-be-determined.
One of the biggest names in the history of professional wrestling, ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin retired from the ring in 2003 after a match with The Rock at WrestleMania XIX. Prior to this, he had been a six-time WWF Champion, two-time Intercontinental Champion, and a four-time Tag Team Champion, while also being a three-time winner of the Royal Rumble match.
WrestleMania 38 takes place on Saturday, 2 April and Sunday, 3 April from Arlington, Texas’ AT&T Stadium. The full card, as of writing, can be viewed here.