Since his retirement, WWE fans have wanted Stone Cold Steve Austin to return to the ring. The Texas Rattlesnake has made many appearances in the WWE in just the last several years. However, he hasn’t put back on his boots and jean shorts to lace them up once again. Due to back and knee complications, Austin wanted to retire and heal up.
Stone Cold is in great shape in 2015, but why won’t he return to the ring? WWE analysts say that he simply doesn’t need to. Austin had his final run, and it was successful. Just like Edge, even though he was forced out due to injury concerns, he ended his career on top with a victory over Alberto Del Rio at WrestleMania 27.
When Austin gets approached with the question of a return, he’s always been blunt about his feelings. Despite the teaser that he may wrestle Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 32, his Stone Cold Podcast with Paul Heyman will not lead to a match. Now, after Stone Cold was confirmed to appear at SummerSlam weekend, there’s still no chance for an in-ring return.
According to Cageside Seats, Stone Cold Steve Austin may not even appear at SummerSlam itself.
“Steve Austin’s role at SummerSlam this weekend is said to be limited to WWE 2K16 promotional work. There are still no plans for him to appear on Sunday night’s pay-per-view (PPV) and WWE Network broadcast.”
Being the cover athlete for WWE 2K16, Austin has had to promote that. Showing up on the pay-per-view wouldn’t make a lot of sense, since there’s no angle for him to put himself in at the moment. In an earlier report by the Inquisitr,surprises have the chance to take place at WWE SummerSlam. One of those surprises may be the Rock.
However, Stone Cold won’t be one of those surprises. To put his wrestling return to bed, Austin went on UFC Heavyweight fighter Daniel Cormier’s podcast and addressed that very issue.
“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.”
WWE SummerSlam will still persist without Stone Cold Steve Austin, as will WrestleMania 32. Stars like Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, Kevin Owens, Brock Lesnar, and Seth Rollins are doing just fine. Ratings aren’t as good as they once were, but WWE’s popularity is still high. Austin isn’t needed right now, and he understands that. An in-ring return is still doubtful for the Texas Rattlesnake.
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