Ever since the WWE successfully booked a year long build up and match between The Rock and John Cena at Wrestlemania, speculation ran rapid about who else the WWE Universe could convince to step into the squared circle for one more match. Not only was a legendary icon buzzed about, but a dream match itself was thrown through the rumor mill.
With CM Punk establishing himself as the new anti-establishment anti-hero of the WWE Universe, it’s a no-brainer that a match against the original bird-flipping bad ass, Stone Cold Steve Austin, would be a fantasy match fans pray becomes a reality. But the ball lies in Austin’s court without motion.
Austin has stated on numerous occasions that he has one more match left at him. While that statement alone holds hope for the potential of some fantasy warfare, sources close to him claim that Austin is absolutely done with pro wrestling and another match will never happen. A few weeks ago, the rumor mill was flooded with the rumor that Austin had agreed to wrestle Punk at Wrestlemania 30, claiming that he needed a full year to prepare for the match since undergoing surgery earlier this summer. There was also rumors that Austin did not want to share the spotlight if The Rock was being booked at the same event. Supposedly Austin preferred waiting till the following year where his match could be the featured match.
The reports began to conflict as to the reason why Austin wanted to wait, who he wanted to face and so on. To clear the air, Austin made a statement himself on Twitter where he referenced the rumors but did not lean towards any truths of his intentions. His “bottom line” Twitter rant simply stated the following: “If I decide to wrestle/not wrestle you will hear it from ME Not a dirt sheet and damn sure not from bleacher report”.
Regardless of what Austin claims, most believe that he will return to the ring one last time, if only for a monster payday. No one expects Austin to perform at the level he did during the Attitude Era, and in no way can you expect to see a match as competitive as the one displayed by The Rock and John Cena. In actuality, it could be as disappointing as seeing Ric Flair still wrestle. I’m not saying Austin can’t pull it off, but when you are plagued with career-ending injuries and unable to bump at the basic standard of the current WWE product, then you need to accept the fact that you’re in for a match full of just punching and kicking for at least 30 minutes. But it’s just the novelty of hearing the promo banter of these two motor mouths building up to the inevitable match. It’s the novelty of hearing the glass break, the 3:16 guitar riffs, and the middle finger poses from the ringposts. Seeing Punk take a stunner and then showered in a beer bath completes the fantasy, and you realize it was never really about the match to begin with. It was just knowing that it was Austin’s last and luxury of one final farewell.
Many insiders, including close friend Jim Ross, have admitted to not truly knowing what Austin’s intentions are – mainly because he doesn’t either. One day he’s good to go and the next day the business is far behind him. What will it take to get that itch again? What will it take to get Austin’s full commitment? And will the event itself live up to fan’s expectations? Only time will tell, but how much time does Austin have left on his clock?
Do you want to see one more match from Stone Cold Steve Austin? If so, who do you want the last match to be against?
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