Despite plenty of speculation, a new report seems to suggest that a deal to have ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin compete in a match at this year’s WrestleMania is far from done.
Although it was not common knowledge at the time, Steve Austin competed in his final contest when he took on The Rock at WrestleMania XIX in Seattle, Washington.
The match was the conclusion of their trilogy of contests at ‘The Showcase Of The Immortals’, and provided a fitting time for him to hang up the boots. He made the decision as a result of his well-publicised neck injuries, forcing him away from the ring at the age of 38.
Despite plenty of interviews saying that he was happy with where he was at and had little desire to step back in the squared circle, speculation has ramped up over the last few days regarding a possible match in his home state of Texas as part of the two-night WrestleMania. This included reports of a “significant overture” being made by WWE to get him to commit to the match.
A new report from Mike Johnson of PWInsider has shed further light on how close a match is to taking place.
Johnson comments that attempts began to get Steve Austin signed to a match for WrestleMania between late December and early January, finding out how open he would be to the possibility. However, he says that at this stage there is “zero” confirmation that it is going to happen.
It is also noted that Austin was always set to play a role in the event, given the fact that he has been involved in much of the promotion given his locality, whilst having a match would prove to be one huge send-off for ‘The Texas Rattlesnake’. Later in the report, Johnson again says that Austin is yet to commit to lacing up the boots one more time.
Kevin Owens fuelled the speculation both about Steve Austin potentially appearing at WrestleMania whilst also positioning himself as a potential opponent which has seemingly been discussed, as he reiterated on the most recent Monday Night Raw his dislike for the state of Texas.