WWE legend “Stone Cold” Steve Austin retired from professional wrestling nearly thirteen years ago, but his name continues to be relevant in the WWE world, as many would like to see him have one last match. However, that probably won’t happen, as Austin continues to say that he’s finished in the ring, and that he has no intention of ever stepping inside the squared-circle, in a wrestling capacity, ever again.
Steve Austin was a guest on Sirius XM’s Opie with Jim Norton on Wednesday morning, and the host of the show, Gregg “Opie” Hughes, asked “Stone Cold” if he’d ever return to the ring, and Austin responded by saying that he has no business in the ring, and that he has nothing left to prove.
“I’ve got no business (being) in a wrestling ring, I had a good time doing that job. You know, the last match I had was in 2003, and it took me about three years to get it out of my system because I loved that business – that was what I wanted to do with my life, and after about three years of hunting, fishing, drinking, and making bad decisions, I decided that it was time to move to L.A. and start doing some work out there. I’m done, I’ve got nothing to prove.”
Back in June, Austin inadvertently teased that he would return to the ring during his live Steve Austin Show podcast with Paul Heyman, when Heyman asked him if he would like to come back and wrestle Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 32. Austin went into full “Stone Cold” mode and gave the WWE fans the impression that he was intending to return to the ring at AT&T Stadium. However, just a few days later, Austin made it clear that he wasn’t intending to return to the ring, and that his promo that he cut on Brock Lesnar was just for entertainment purposes.
While he won’t be wrestling at WrestleMania 32 in April, Steve Austin has said that he’s almost certain that he’ll be at the event, and that he has an idea that he wants to pitch to Vince McMahon regarding his involvement on the show. There’s been no hint about what that idea is, but Austin said during his appearance on Jim Ross’s podcast, The Ross Report, that he’s really into the idea, and thinks it’ll be something great, and memorable.
Since his retirement, Austin has been a special guest referee in three different WrestleMania matches – in 2004 he was the referee for the Brock Lesnar vs. Goldberg match, in 2007 he refereed the Bobby Lashley vs. Umaga match, and in 2011, he officiated the Michael Cole vs. Jerry “The King” Lawler match.
After refereeing that Lawler vs. Cole match, Austin said that being a referee was getting old, and that the fans probably don’t want to see him officiated another match again, hence why he hasn’t really been a big part in three out of the last four WrestleMania’s.
Of course, Austin did return to the WrestleMania stage in 2014, as he was part of the opening segment with Hulk Hogan and The Rock.
There have been some who have suggested that Steve Austin will end up being the host of WrestleMania 32, much like The Rock was at WrestleMania 27, and Hulk Hogan was at WrestleMania 30. In fact, that could be the idea that Austin is planning on pitching to Vince McMahon.
With WrestleMania 32 being in Austin’s home state of Texas, WWE will find a way to get him on the show, even if it’s for a short backstage segment. But it’s likely that Austin will want to appear in front of the crowd, as there will be close to 100,000 people inside of AT&T Stadium the day of the show.
(Featured image via WWE)