WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle has weighed in on the possibility of ‘Stone cold’ Steve Austin coming out of retirement for a match at WrestleMania 38.
On February 15th, Fightful Select broke the news that WWE had made a “significant overture” to try to coax Steve Austin out of retirement. With WrestleMania 38 taking place in his home state of Texas, it was seen as a given that Austin would make an appearance at the event, but it appears that WWE wants to go one step further and have him compete in the ring for the first time since WrestleMania 19 back in 2003.
Now, speaking on his podcast, The Kurt Angle Show (available via AdFreeShows) the Olympic Gold Medallist has revealed his excitement at the prospect of ‘The Texas Rattlesnake’ lacing up his boots once more.
“Yes! You know what? I’m surprised, and I’m not surprised. I mean, he has been out for so long. As long as he is healthy and he is able to do it, I’m looking forward to it. I think we will (see Austin’s return). This is going to be incredible.”
It is thought that, if Steve Austin does return to the ring, he will most likely face Kevin Owens, who has been making his distaste for Texas known on recent episodes of Raw. Kurt Angle believes this would make perfect sense due to Owens’ use of the Stunner as a finisher in recent years.
“Well, it makes perfect sense. Stunner vs. Stunner, you know, Kevin Owens took Stone Cold’s finish, and I think that’s probably the best match-up for Stone Cold at this particular time. And Kevin Owens, he could go in that ring. He is very athletic, especially for his size.”
As well as Kurt Angle, Steve Austin’s longtime friend and AEW announcer Jim Ross has also given his thoughts on a return to the ring for the ‘Bionic Redneck’. Ross believes that Sting’s recent outings might have had an influence on the idea of Austin coming out of retirement.
H/T to Fightful for the above transcription.