“Stone Cold” Steve Austin is one of the few wrestlers to retire and never return for that one more match – sometimes to the chagrin of the WWE Universe.
Speaking on WWE’s The Bump, the Texas Rattlesnake has opened up about how he knew his final match against The Rock at WrestleMania XIX was going to be his curtain call, but that only The Rock and a few others were in the know.
“Nobody really knew this was going to be my last match; The Rock knew, and a couple of guys in management knew. I was going to go ride off into the sunset. I defeated The Rock two times prior at WrestleMania, and at WrestleMania 17, we rocked the house… I thought the match was good, but it could have been better.
Austin also reiterated the conversation he and The People’s Champ had in the middle of the ring, with The Great One pushing referee Earl Hebner out of the way so the pair could express their love and gratitude for one another.
“I love The Rock. Right there, that part in the ring, he pushes Earl Hebner out of the way and says, ‘Hey man, I appreciate everything you did for. I just want you to know that I love you.’ I’m laying there with my eyes closed, and I said, ‘I love you, too.’ He meant it, and I meant it. Like we both said, we bring out the best in each other.”
Stone Cold would also open up about his rivalry with Vince McMahon, discussing their similarities.
h/t Wrestling Inc.