As per a new report, there is no guarantee that Stone Cold Steve Austin will be competing in the ring at WrestleMania as Austin is yet to agree to a match.
Stone Cold Steve Austin wrestled his last match at WrestleMania XIX, in March 2003. On that occasion, Austin was defeated by The Rock as two of wrestling’s biggest ever names wrapped up their trilogy of WrestleMania matches.
Since that night, Austin has repeatedly spoken of his contentment in retirement, having resisted opportunities to return to action. In the meantime, the Hall of Famer has hosted a number of television shows and currently hosts The Broken Skull Sessions on the WWE Network, the evolution of his earlier podcast.
However, back in February it was reported that WWE had made what was described as a “significant overture” in an effort to get the Texas Rattlesnake back in the ring. In addition it has been suggested that Kevin Owens is in line to be Austin’s opponent should the match come together. This is supposedly the reason Owens’ anti-Texas promos on television.
Despite this, there has been no confirmation on Austin’s status. A new report has claimed that this is because Austin hasn’t actually agreed to compete in a match.
Writing in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer notes that “it is not certain” that there will be a match between Austin and Owens.
“As of right now this is not certain to be a match although there will be a confrontation. Austin has been very careful for years not to put himself in a position to be disappointing to fans and has not agreed to do it as a match as best we know. It is unknown the final form but the belief is it will be more than just Austin giving Owens a stunner, although that will be the final payoff most likely. But WWE wants a match.”
Over a number of weeks, Kevin Owens has taken on a one man mission to take on the state of Texas. While his promos have been designed to get Steve Austin back in a WWE ring, they have also draw scathing replies from both John Bradshaw Layfield and Booker T.