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Jim Ross On How Steve Austin Felt Following WrestleMania In-Ring Return

Steve Austin hits a Stunner on Kevin Owens at WrestleMania 38

Jim Ross has revealed how Stone Cold Steve Austin felt after his return to action at WrestleMania 38.

On April 2nd, at WrestleMania 38 Stone Cold Steve Austin wrestled his first match in almost two decades against Kevin Owens. The WWE Hall of Famer had previously thought his in-ring career was over after being defeated by The Rock at WrestleMania 19 back in 2003, but as is often said, “never say never.”

One man synonymous with Austin, and his rise to legend status with WWE is Jim Ross. The announcer first met the Texan when they both worked for WCW in the early 1990’s, before later calling some of the biggest moments of his career while in WWE.

Despite Ross now working for AEW, the legendary announcer admitted that there was no way that he wasn’t going to check out his friend’s highly anticipated final match.

Speaking on a recent episode of his podcast Grilling JR, available via AdFreeShows, Ross said that Austin was happy and almost relieved after the show. He added that the segment which headlined night one of the spectacular was a “masterpiece.”

“I wasn’t gonna let the WrestleMania event pass by without checking out Stone Cold,”

You know, he and I talked going into that thing and we communicated on Saturday after the show. He seemed to be real happy and really almost relieved that they pulled it off. He and Kevin Owens deserve a hell of a lot of credit for what they did, and it shows you what kind of ballplayer Austin is. He hadn’t been on the field, what was it? 19 years, something like that. He didn’t look like he missed a step and they kept the match in their lane. I thought that was really smart. How they strategized and laid out that match, it was just absolutely a masterpiece, in my view.

Kevin Owens deserves a lot of credit, as well. You gotta have a dancing partner to make these things work, and Steve had a great dancing partner.”

Ross also revealed that he didn’t know that Austin would appear again on WrestleMania Sunday, before praising the overall production of the event.

“Why would I need to know that? If I want to go see a John Wayne movie, why would I need to know how many people he killed, how many bullets he took, or whatever? Just let me watch it. Let me form my own opinions. That’s kind of what it did. So I thought the production values of that WrestleMania event were nothing short of epic. You know, the camera shots, the audio, the look of the building, it was amazing,”

Following his performance against Kevin Owens, Austin isn’t expected to return to the ring again, meaning he wrestled his first and last matches in Dallas, Texas.

H/t to Fightful for the transcription.