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Kevin Owens Says Career Is “All Downhill From Here” After Steve Austin Match

Kevin Owens and Steve Austin face to face

Kevin Owens has admitted that he may never top his WrestleMania 38 match with Stone Cold Steve Austin.

Former Universal Champion Kevin Owens has always been open about the fact that growing up he was a huge fan of Stone Cold Steve Austin. So naturally, getting to share the ring with the WWE Hall of Famer, especially after he was believed to be retired, was a special moment.

Owens’ match with Austin at WrestleMania 38 was the Texas Rattlesnake’s first competitive outing in 19 years, and is widely believed to be the final match of his illustrious career.

Speaking on After The Bell with Corey Graves, Owens reflected on the match, commenting that he can scarcely believe that it actually happened.

“It’s all downhill from here, really. It’s still unbelievable. Sometimes, I’ll have my moments where I’m not doing anything, I’m just sitting around, and I’ll pull it up on my phone and I’ll specifically watch the moment where the ref rings the bell. I still can’t believe it happened. It’s really hard to process what happened and hard to put into words,”

Owens added that there were a couple of moments that spring to mind when he looks back on the biggest night of his career. One of these being Austin pacing like a “caged lion” backstage before the pair headed out to the ring.

“It’s the moment where I say, ‘I’m looking for a fight.’ That’s when he turns and gives me that glare. When I say, ‘I’m looking for a fight,’ You see people behind him standing up and you hear the buzz. Moments like that are special. Another thing I remember really well — this might have been caught by a WWE 24 documentary crew — at one point, right before we went out, I caught a glimpse of him just pacing back and forth. He looked like a caged lion ready to murder me. I was like, ‘Oh man, this is going to be wild.’ It’s all very surreal and hard to put into words,”

Following WrestleMania, Kevin Owens has become wrapped up in a feud with Ezekiel, the artist formerly known as Elias.

Meanwhile, Steve Austin has refused to rule out appearing at WrestleMania in 2023, but admitted that his in-ring career is now done and dusted.

H/t to Fightful for the transcription.