WWE is reportedly trying to get Hall of Famer ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin to come back for another match.
A serious neck injury prompted Austin to retire at 38 years of age in 2003. But at day one of WrestleMania 38 earlier this year, Austin surprised the WWE Universe by challenging Kevin Owens to a No Holds Barred match right then and there at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
The Texas Rattlesnake certainly didn’t look like someone who last wrestled 19 years ago. He put on a thrilling match and defeated the former Universal Champion via pinfall, thus seemingly ending his in-ring career on a winning and super high note. If WWE officials get their way, however, Austin will end up coming back for another match.
According to a report from Fightful Select (h/t WrestlingNews.co), Vince McMahon’s regime had some hope for the WWE Hall of Famer “to do another match.” The report added that the new Triple-H led “regime had actually made an offer for Austin to do another match.”
Sources that talked to Fightful weren’t sure if the match offer to Austin was for an event in Saudi Arabia, WrestleMania or something else. Fightful also heard from one source “initially, Austin and WWE were far apart on terms.” WrestleMania 39 weekend will take place at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California on Apr. 1-2 weekend.
There have been many instances of some all-time wrestling greats not knowing when to walk away for good. But Austin put on a top-notch match against Owens at WrestleMania 38. And as he approaches his 58th birthday, Austin certainly looks like someone who’s capable of putting on at least a couple of more exciting bouts.
We’ll just have to wait and see if Austin is up for another match. If he decides to stay firm on retirement, there shouldn’t be any blaming him. It would be hard to top the match he did with Owens just seven months ago, after all.