WrestleMania 32 has taken a lot of hits in the talent department over the last couple of months, and it will certainly have a big effect on the card. By this time, there are usually a few matches that can be discussed or possible, but this year, a lot is up in the air. In order to make the event in Dallas, Texas, a big one, WWE is going to need to call in the big guns and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin has now confirmed he will indeed be there.
Last year, Austin said he was definitely going to be there as it is in his home state and it wasn’t expected that he would miss it. Still, stranger things have happened and nothing is even set in stone so who knows what could come about in the next two-and-a-half months?
Well, Austin was a guest of Jim Ross on the former WWE announcer’s podcast, and specifically asked about appearing at WrestleMania 32. He gave as close of a confirmation as he could give without actually showing up on the day of the event.
“I’m almost, at this point, 99% sure I’ll be in Texas for WrestleMania . In what form or capacity or whatever, I have no idea. We haven’t discussed anything creatively. One idea makes sense for me to be there, which I can’t talk about now, but obviously, I’d like to do this one endeavor they’re talking about, whether we do something in the ring or I’m part of the show remains to be seen.”
Having Austin show up anywhere is an instant draw for fans and it will mean even more being in Texas. He has already said that he won’t be wrestling again and has confirmed that his retirement is solid and that he’s done in the ring.
It is interesting to see that there is something in particular he would like to do though, but he can’t talk about it. That could be just about anything, but “never say never” in the world of professional wrestling.
At WrestleMania XXX in New Orleans, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin opened up the show with both The Rock and Hulk Hogan in a pretty awesome triple promo. It’s obvious that Hogan won’t be there with everything that has gone on, but again, never say never.
It is known that The Rock is expected to be there, but likely won’t be wrestling due to movie commitments not allowing him to do so. Still, it will be a big boost for WWE to have both Austin and The Rock at WrestleMania 32.
Cageside Seats is reporting that The Rock is scheduled to still play a huge role at the event in early April, even if he doesn’t end up with a match at all.
Austin has been very involved with WWE in numerous ways such as promotional visits and his “Stone Cold Podcast.” Him appearing at WrestleMania 32 just makes sense with it being in Texas and it would certainly help the WWE as far as star-power goes.
The former world champ has also been very vocal in ideas he has for the company. Austin’s most recent suggestion is for WWE to bring back Bill Goldberg for another few matches or at least to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
“Stone Cold” Steve Austin doesn’t necessarily need WWE, but WWE really does need “The Rattlesnake” right now. They are attempting to make WrestleMania 32 one of the biggest events ever, and with so many top superstars out, a name like Steve Austin would go a long way in bringing in the fans.
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