This past Monday night on the Stone Cold Podcast, Steve Austin and Paul Heyman really sold the fans on the idea of Austin returning to the ring at next year's WrestleMania in Dallas, Texas, to take on Brock Lesnar. If the match were to happen, it would be the most anticipated match the WWE has had in years, possibly bigger than the first John Cena vs. The Rock match. There's no guarantee that Austin will return to the ring, but WWE is continuing to tease that he will.
WWE put a poll up on their website asking the fans who they'd support in the potential Austin vs. Lesnar match, and, it's no surprise that an overwhelming majority of the fans are choosing to support "Stone Cold."
This past Wednesday, Austin appeared on the Sam Roberts Wrestling Podcast, and said that he doesn't have any interest in returning to the ring. But, the podcast was recorded well ahead of time, so Roberts couldn't ask Austin to elaborate on why he did what he did with Paul Heyman on Monday.
Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer believes that Austin and Heyman didn't just do what they did to just do it, and that there's a good possibility that Austin will end up facing Lesnar. Meltzer also believes that Austin would probably need about six months to get back into ring shape, so, if he is planning on doing the match, he'll begin his preparation this coming fall.
Austin, 50, hasn't wrestled a match in a dozen years, and since his retirement in 2003, there have always been rumors of his return to the ring, and almost every year, he has gotten offers to return. In fact, it was rumored that he was going to be returning to the ring back at WrestleMania 30 to take on Triple H. The idea was that there was going to be a power struggle storyline between Triple H and Vince McMahon, and that there would be a match at WrestleMania 30 to decide who got control of the company. Of course, Triple H would wrestle on his own behalf, but McMahon would pick someone to wrestle on his behalf, and that someone was planned to be "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. But, Austin turned it down.
Austin's argument for never returning to the ring has always been that he doesn't see the point in coming back and having one more match. But, he has always said that if WWE makes him the right offer, he'll consider it. Well, it appears that -- even though he hasn't verbally committed to returning -- WWE has offered him the right deal, and, barring injury, he will be back inside the squared-circle at WrestleMania.
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