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Stone Cold Steve Austin Vs. Triple H Rumored For WWE WrestleMania 30

The idea of Steve Austin returning to the WWE ring at WrestleMania 30 is hardly a new rumor yet the story has taken a very interesting turn. While you are hoping to see Austin vs. CM Punk, Vince McMahon appears to be on a completely different page regarding Austin’s match.

Dave Meltzer dropped something of a bombshell in a recent edition of The Wrestling Observer newsletter regarding a very preliminary idea for Austin’s match at WrestleMania. While Meltzer states that it is hardly a solid plan, one plan would have Austin in the match you’d probably be least likely to get excited about in New Orleans.

I don’t want to say working idea, because that’s too strong a statement, but a working idea for next year’s Mania main event is Austin vs. HHH, with the control of the company at stake, with Austin representing Vince. That would indicate HHH ends up as the heel because no way Austin comes back and is not the babyface.

Wow! That tidbit just blew me away. Of all the ideas that you could have for Austin, this is what they are working on? Austin has been away from the ring for a long time and I can almost guarantee you that there is nobody out there clamoring for a match with Triple H. I am generally a fan of Trips but this one just reeks of selfish booking.

Now the storyline is not a bad idea. I can’t think of a bigger match to determine the future of the WWE. There are only a few problems with this. One being I can’t imagine anyone would care who owns or runs the WWE. This is a storyline we have seen rehashed dozens of times over the last twelve years and it has really played out in my opinion.

The other thought here is that I can’t imagine anyone feeling sympathetic for Vince McMahon, especially against Triple H. Vince is not someone who has played to the sympathies and hearts of the fans in recent years. Maybe I am misreading the casual fan base but I just don’t see a big rooting interest in the Chairman of the Board.

As far as Austin goes it has always been somewhat of a given that if he came back he’d wrestle CM Punk. I certainly have had my problems with the idea which I have expressed in a few blogs here. I think the money match is with John Cena and Brock Lesnar before Punk. Maybe even The Rock? I can tell you that I never even considered Triple H in the equation because well quite frankly, why would anyone?

I know there are a lot of Vince critics that are excited about the prospects of Triple H and Stephanie taking over the WWE someday. Don’t get too excited. Now I don’t know if this whole thing is Triple H’s idea and who knows if it even sees the light of day but there is a scary pattern here. This is starting to remind me of the Dusty Rhodes booking I watched growing up in JCP with one difference. Dusty was still in his prime.

Let’s not jump off a bridge just yet but if these are the kind of brilliant ideas batted around for WrestleMania I would temper your excitement just a bit.

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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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