In 2015, with so many new stars dominating the scene of professional wrestling, there’s one guy that we sometimes forget about that changed the landscape of the business.
That guy is Steve Austin.
Maybe it’s just the bald head? I think not.
Austin had some fans thinking about one more run when on Monday he did a WWE Network sit down interview with Paul Heyman. During the video podcast, Heyman had one question for Austin.
“What would you think about getting in the ring with Brock Lesnar?” Heyman asked.
“I’d have to think about it,” Austin remarked.
This is not the first time an Austin return has piqued the interest of not just the WWE Universe, but all wrestling fans. For years, there had been talk of a Hulk Hogan-Austin match at Wrestlemania, but those plans never came to fruition.
Getting in the ring with Brock Lesnar makes more sense. A match with Hogan most certainly would be disappointing, due to Hulk’s injuries and inability to move around the ring like he used to. Lesnar is absolutely fantastic right now. Fans want to see him each time he gets in that ring, and is as good as anybody in this business right now.
Not speaking as a journalist but as a wrestling fan, I would definitely love to see this happen. Even though I have WWE Network, and have the advantage of getting Wrestlemania at a discounted price, I would pay $50-60 to see Wrestlemania 32, especially if Austin squares off against Lesnar.
But something in my mind tells me it’s not going to happen.
For one thing, I think Austin has moved on from wrestling. I think he enjoys doing his podcast, his shows on CMT and doing the occasional movie, but I also think if Austin was going to get in the ring, he would have already done it. He had many chances to take on CM Punk, but that never happened either.
Another question remains, “Is Austin healthy enough for one last run in WWE?” No one knows that for certain except for Austin, his wife, doctor and maybe Vince McMahon. Austin certainly looks great for his age, and doesn’t look weathered like other veterans do that hold on too long. But the neck injury he suffered against Owen Hart in 1997, and other health issues are major questions.
It does seem like the perfect scenario. Wrestlemania 32 is being held in Austin’s home state of Texas, at AT&T Stadium, the home of the Dallas Cowboys. You know the event is going to draw a huge crowd, but just think if Austin’s involved. They might put over 100,000 people in that stadium.
Also, if Austin faces Lesnar on the world’s biggest stage, another question comes to mind.
Who goes over?
The easy solution would be for Austin to beat Lesnar and have the crowd go home happy. But if Austin were to do the honors for Brock, it might cement Lesnar as one of pro wrestling’s true greats.
If Austin came back for a feud with Brock, how would he be able to get his persona over in the PG era? Certainly, he cannot cuss, and do the profanity he did during the Attitude Era. He would have to be way clever, and kind of have to re-invent himself in some way.
Austin still trains and works out every day. Ring rust is one thing he would have to work on. But I guess if Ricky Steamboat can come back after 15 years away, and look good in matches against Chris Jericho, Austin can do the same.
I’m sure by next year, there will be a couple of big feuds already established for this big show, but an Austin-Lesnar match is what’s going to get casual fans to buy this pay per view. If they marketed it right, and kept it going for a few months leading up to Wrestlemania, it could be one of the biggest ‘Manias ever.
Would you pay to see an Austin-Lesnar match at Wrestlemania? Do you think “Stone Cold” Steve Austin still has some fire left?