A new report has revealed that WWE Chairman Vince McMahon was furious at Stone Cold Steve Austin for teasing a match that was never going to happen.
Steve Austin famously walked out of WWE in June 2002 ahead of a proposed match on Raw with then-rookie Brock Lesnar. Austin eventually returned to the company, competing in his final match in spring 2003 at WrestleMania 19 against The Rock.
Since then there have been several rumours of Steve Austin returning to the ring, including eventually sharing the ring with Lesnar. Austin even went as far as to cut a promo on The Beast Incarnate but according to Dave Meltzer in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, this caused WWE Chairman to be furious with the WWE Hall of Famer:
”[Austin] had flirted with the idea of wrestling for Hustle in Japan but no deal was ever finalized and Austin basically felt that if he was going to wrestle again, it should be with WWE. There was talk in the past of Austin wrestling against C.M. Punk, but it never happened. Austin did a great promo once for a match with Brock Lesnar, who he also never wrestled, but Vince McMahon was furious at him for doing so and teasing and making people want a match that the company couldn’t deliver.”
Stone Cold Steve Austin’s name has been back in the news after news broke that the Texas Rattlesnake could be in line for an incredible return to the ring at WrestleMania 38 in his home state of Texas.