With the rumours swirling of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin’s return to action, AEW’s Jim Ross has provided his comments.
It was reported in the early hours of Tuesday, 15 February by Fightful Select that WWE was attempting to get “Stone Cold” Steve Austin to come out of retirement for a bout at WrestleMania 38 on 2 and 3 April. The working plan, allegedly, was to get “The Texas Rattlesnake” to face Kevin Owens.
Now, ex-WWE and current AEW announcer Jim Ross has commented on Austin’s potential return, doing so during an Ask JR Q&A session on AdFreeShows.com, linking the possible return of the Hall of Famer to that of Sting in All Elite Wrestling (h/t Sportskeeda):
“Well, you know, Steve still has great passion for the business. He is 50 years old; I don’t think he wants to reignite his wrestling career. I don’t know if the success AEW has had with a guy that’s older than him and another legend in Sting has influenced that creative or that idea I don’t know.
Although primarily viewed as the voice of many historic wrestling moments, Jim Ross also worked extensively behind-the-scenes, and, alongside Kevin Nash, was responsible for convincing Vince McMahon to sign the then-“Superstar” Steve Austin in 1995. Ross and Austin have formed a relatively close friendship ever since.
One of the most prolific names in wrestling history, Steve Austin retired from the ring following a loss to The Rock at WrestleMania XIX in what was the pair’s third WrestleMania classic, the others occurring at WrestleMania XV and WrestleMania X-Seven. Unlike other wrestlers, Austin has stayed true to his retirement for close to two decades.
Austin last appeared on WWE programming on the 16 March 2020 edition of Monday Night Raw, dubbed 3:16 Day, delivering Stone Cold Stunners to Byron Saxton, Montez Ford, and Angelo Dawkins.