WWE fans are anxiously holding their breath waiting for the legendary Stone Cold Steve Austin to return to the ring. The IWC are salivating at a match between him and CM Punk but according to the Texas Rattlesnake, a match with Punk or anyone is not very likely to happen.
I don’t know if it was the return of The Rock, his brief in-ring workout on Tough Enough, his captivating vignettes promoting WWE 2k13 with Punk, or just time away in general, but fans have convinced themselves that Austin is coming back. Austin on the other hand is not nearly as convinced.
“I’ve been gone 10, 11 years,” Austin said. “If you had a cow and you had a branding iron and it was in a fire and you put that branding iron on a cow you leave your mark and that mark is there forever. It can’t be erased. That’s why they brand cows. So if wrestling was a cow, I branded it and that mark will never go away. In another 10 years, in another 20 years, that mark I left on the business will always be there. I’m very happy about what I was able to accomplish and I had a great time doing it.”
It’s a much different response than Austin has given to the same question in recent interviews. Austin was even reportedly penciled into WrestleMania 30 by WWE Creative. Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer recently reported that there was a plan in place for Austin vs. Triple H for control of the company at WrestleMania. Meltzer was clear that it was a very rough idea but nonetheless Austin was in their plans.
Austin has not been on WWE television much since his show Tough Enough was not renewed. I loved the show and thought Austin was absolutely tremendous on it. Unfortunately the ratings never added up and Andy Leavine’s failed WWE career definitely didn’t help. Austin is still disappointed that he didn’t get another crack at it.
“When that show didn’t come back, I was pissed off,” Austin said. “It was a great show. The numbers were very good. We had a great time doing it. Why they didn’t bring it back still baffles me to this day because I loved doing that show. It was a great way to be in the business I know and love without having to be in the ring taking lumps.”
WWE NXT has taken the place of Tough Enough in a sense and according to Austin, the show is pretty darned near close to the real deal.
“It seems so organic and a little bit more true to what wrestling was. I fell in love with wrestling when I was seven or eight years old. It was a smoke-filled arena. It was Houston, Texas. It was the Houston Coliseum and you could barely see the second and third row in there. You could see the two combatants in the ring and it was about a championship belt. Back then it was real. Hey, we know the business ain’t real now, but you want to believe it’s real so don’t give me all of the shenanigans. I don’t want to laugh too much. If i crack a smile every now or then because something’s humorous or funny, that’s cool.”
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