At WrestleMania 38 Stone Cold Steve Austin returned to the ring for the first time in almost two decades to defeat Kevin Owens. The match was Austin’s first since a series of serious injuries, including well documented neck issues, forced him to retire after being defeated by The Rock at WrestleMania 19.
However, in Dallas, Texas on April 2nd Austin rolled back the years to the delight of those watching in the stands and at home, even taking a suplex on the concrete floor. Considering his inactivity, many were impressed by Austin’s performance in the match, with the bout receiving praise across the board.
In the days after the event the WWE Hall of Famer said that he was “done wrestling” but didn’t close the door on working with WWE in the future. Although it has now been reported that some within WWE feel the door is not completely closed on another in-ring outing.
Steve Austin “Elated” With WrestleMania 38 Appearance
Speaking to GiveMeSport, popular Twitter account and wrestling insider WrestleVotes noted that Austin was so pleased with how the match against Owens went, he may well be open to doing it again.
“I know that he had a wonderful time doing it last year in Dallas. He was happy, he was elated. Let’s say that the performance of the match, everything went so well and people loved it so much, So I know he was thrilled to post WrestleMania. And I’d say he was open to doing it again.”
It should be noted that this isn’t confirmation that he will be involved at WrestleMania 39 or wrestle again, merely that it’s felt that he could be open to it.
Continuing on, WrestleVotes commented that with The Rock potentially appearing at WrestleMania, it might make more sense to have Steve Austin appear at SummerSlam if available.
“If you’re gonna get The Rock, do you need both of them? As much as people would say absolutely, with all the shows that they do in stadiums now, and I understand WrestleMania is your biggest one, but you could do Rock at WrestleMania and Steve Austin at SummerSlam. That makes more sense.”
Steve Austin hasn’t wrestled at a SummerSlam event since 2001 when he was defeated by Kurt Angle.