In an interview this week with Ryan Satin at Fox Sports, WWE Hall of Famer ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin definitively confirmed his plans to step in the ring again in the future. Will we see him back for one more match?
Oh hell NO!
Having last laced up the boots at WrestleMania 19 against The Rock in March 2003, fans have clamoured ever since for the well trodden ‘one more match’.
The call was perhaps loudest in 2014 when both Austin and CM Punk dropped several hints about a WrestleMania clash that would have had fans selling their own grandmothers to buy tickets.
Alas, it wasn’t to be and now Austin has drawn a line under any future bouts. He said:
“I’m still the biggest fan of the business that I was when I was seven years old changing the channels and stumbled across it; and then got the chance to learn it and have a pretty good run. So, I don’t want to do nothing else in the ring. I’m done. I’ve retired. Everybody knows that. I don’t need to go out there and drop anybody on a stack of dimes and give them stunners. Once in a year, once every two years, whatever. So, yes. This connection makes sense.”
It is a cliche in wrestling for stars to retire in grandiose fashion, only to be tempted back to the ring in the pursuit of glory or more often, a pay day.
Ric Flair, Roddy Piper and Terry Funk are names that have famously stepped back into the ring after calling time on their careers. Even Shawn Michaels, once thought to be iron clad in his retirement, was tempted back for the ill-fated tag team bout with HHH against Kane and Undertaker in Saudi Arabia in November 2018.
Could Steve Austin be one of the very few names that sticks to his guns? It certainly seems that way from this statement.
But it won’t stop us all secretly hoping he’s working us, will it?