There has been speculation for years that “Stone Cold” Steve Austin would come out of retirement and have one more match. WrestleMania would be the perfect calling card for him to have that one last match. At 48 years of age, should he really come out of retirement? Think about this: in 2003 his body was telling him to call it a day and he finally did at WrestleMania 19 against The Rock. Why should he really come out of retirement? It wouldn’t be for the money because we all know he is financially set.
The Rock was his greatest opponent and at one time they were the hottest feud in wrestling. Those guys headlined three WrestleManias. At WrestleMania 15, 17, and 19. That is unheard of these days and we may never see it again. At all three of those shows, they fought through a different storyline.
At WrestleMania 17 it was the young and upcoming Rock vs. the established “Rattlesnake.” At WrestleMania 17 it was in Austin’s hometown. Stone Cold did the unthinkable by siding with his evil boss in Mr. McMahon and cheating to beat “The Great One.” And finally at WrestleMania 19 that bald headed “SOB” entered to face the Hollywood Rock.
Austin quit the company in 2002 but deep down inside it probably gave him extra time to get to “The Grandest Stage of Them All” one last time. Austin entered this match and no one except him knew it would be the last time he would wrestle. It would be a great sendoff for him to go out and do what he does best: stomping a mud hole in The Rock. In a great promo The Rock did (which I recommend anyone to look it up on YouTube) he said, “This is the last chapter of the greatest rivalry that this industry as ever seen.” That quote speaks to the volume of how important this feud was to both of these guys careers.
Without Steve Austin I can’t say that The Rock’s career would be as successfully as it became. Both guys made each other better and it shows in their matches. If the “Rattlesnake” did come back for one more match, who would it be against? Some would say against CM Punk or maybe Triple H. As a huge fan of “Stone Cold,” I hope he stays retired because if he did come out of retirement it wouldn’t be the same “Stone Cold” out there working a match. It would be more of a shell of what he used to be.
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