Even though “Stone Cold” Steve Austin has continued to deny that he’s going to make his return to the ring at WrestleMania 32, some WWE fans are still hoping that the “Texas Rattlesnake” is working the fans, and that, in reality, Austin is currently preparing for a return to the ring. But Austin is continuing to say that he isn’t planning on wrestling ever again.
Austin recently had UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier on his podcast, the Steve Austin Show. Cormier, who is a huge WWE fan, spent a good deal of the podcast talking pro wrestling with Austin, and at one point during the interview, DC asked Stone Cold why he’s not going to wrestle at WrestleMania 32 next year. Austin responded by saying that he’s not wrestling again because it would take too much time for a guy who has been out of the ring as long as he has to get back into ring shape.
“When people always ask me, ‘Hey, would you have one last match at WrestleMania 32?’ No I’m not. But, I always tell people, I had a gut-full, I had a good time. But, what it would really take to perform at WrestleMania 32 for anybody who has been out of the ring, especially as long as I have, you know, 12, 13 years, you would have to go through a full, shoot MMA-type camp.”
Austin, who will turn 51 this coming December, has been out of the ring since the spring of 2003 after he lost his retirement match to The Rock at WrestleMania 19. At the time, Austin’s retirement was a surprise and felt a bit abrupt, which is why WWE fans want to see him get back into the ring one more time, so after the match they can give him the send off that he deserves.
Back in June, Austin had Paul Heyman as his guest on the Steve Austin Show, which aired on the WWE Network. Heyman asked Austin if he would be interested in wrestling Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 32, and Austin responded by cutting a promo on both Heyman and Lesnar, and convinced everybody that he was planning on returning to the ring for a match with “The Beast.”
Shortly after Austin’s podcast aired on the WWE Network, the “Texas Rattlesnake” said that he wasn’t planning on returning to wrestle Brock Lesnar and that he was just having fun with the idea. Furthermore, Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer reported that Vince McMahon doesn’t want Austin to return to the ring because of his history with neck injuries, which ultimately forced him to retire.
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