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Stone Cold Steve Austin returns to RAW tonight

Stone Cold Steve Austin is coming back to the WWEFor the first time in seven years, Steve Austin and The Rock will be involved in WrestleMania. Stone Cold Steve Austin will return to WWE RAW Monday March 7. Austin will appear live for the first time in almost a year and is promising to open up a can of whoop a$$!

If pro wrestling wasn’t exciting enough with the return of The Rock, Dwayne Johnson’s biggest rival is also jumping back into the WWE scene. Steve Austin will appear live on RAW for the first time in over a year. Austin will be there to promote WrestleMania 27 and as he said on his Twitter, “I’m taking a 6 pack of WHOOP ASS to Monday Night Raw in Dallas Texas…Oh Hell Yeah!!!” I can’t wait!

Steve Austin’s role in WrestleMania 27 was leaked in a podcast. Stone Cold is scheduled be the special guest referee for the Jerry Lawler vs. Michael Cole WrestleMania 27 clash. There will be some kind of an angle I presume tonight at RAW to make it official. Michael Cole gets to pick the referee so the choice of Austin is a bit odd considering the storyline. I am sure it will make sense after tonight.

Until it is official on RAW, I won’t talk too much about his appearance in the Lawler vs. Cole match. I’d hate to judge an angle before it happens. The appearance will likely be the first of a lengthy run back on WWE RAW. Steve Austin is currently the WWE Tough Enough host which is in production. Austin will host the show which debuts the Monday following WrestleMania 27. I would guess that Austin will pop up periodically on RAW over the next few months to promote the show.

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I would suspect that the RAW rating for March 3 will be huge, if not the biggest number in years. Chances are that The Rock won’t be there live, but there is a good shot that he will be featured somewhere in the show via video. The thought of seeing both The Rock and Steve Austin on the same episode of RAW for the first time in well over seven years is sure to create a big enough buzz to spike the rating of the show.

I can’t remember a time other than possibly 1999/2000 where a couple of wrestlers or an angle or two had this kind of impact on the pro wrestling business as a whole. There is an excitement in pro wrestling across the board that hasn’t been there in years and it is all due to the return of The Rock. Combine that with a lengthy return of Steve Austin and you have a recipe for a big upswing in business.

Unfortunately in a few months both of these guys will be gone and it will be up to John Cena, The Miz, Kofi Kingston, Edge, CM Punk, and Randy Orton to keep business up. Enjoy it while it lasts.

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Eric G.

Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric's work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University's Fox School of Business.

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