The Rock Out, Steve Austin In? – Why A Dream Match At Wrestlemania XXX Could Happen


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Steve AustinSteve Austin’s friend Paul Lazenby was a guest on the April 21st edition of Live Audio Wrestling. As we reported here on WrestlingNewsWorld.com, Lazenby told the show Austin would entertain the “right offer” for one more match and he’s in better shape than most might think.

Take a look at this Tweet:

With The Rock not ruling out that his match at Wrestlemania 29 was his last, could there be a situation where WWE brings in Austin to work Wrestlemania XXX in New Orleans?

CM PunkWWE was interested in doing Austin vs. CM Punk at the show this year, however, were unable to get a deal done. Sources told us at WrestlingNewsWorld.com the situation had to do with Austin’s desire and money — not so much his health. While Austin has been recovering from knee surgery, many felt he would have been healthy enough for a bout at Wrestlemania this year had a deal been able to get done.  However, in the end Austin didn’t appear at the show in any capacity, ruling himself out weeks before the show.

Another one of Austin’s friends, fellow WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross, weighed in on the possibility of Austin returning for a bout at Wrestlemania next year. While he was certainly not optimistic, he didn’t rule it out either. The following is an excerpt from JR’s blog on Monday, April 22, 2013:

Interesting note….recently I read about @steveaustinBSR being in great shape physically and looking excellent ala being in ‘show shape’ but not wrestling shape for a return to a WWE ring. News flash or as the one person in the world that I would really NOT want to take a long, care trip with, Nancy Grace, might say….BOMBSHELL….Steve is ALWAYS in great shape. Old habits die hard and the Texas Rattlesnake (Thanks, JR) is a gym guy in that he hits the gym regularly and with P&V. With all that said, the only way that I see Steve returning to the ring for one, final bout is obviously on the biggest stage (WM30), with the exact, right opponent (Who is that?) , and with a strategic game plan that Steve can emotionally invest . That’s a bunch of if’s so the door isn’t closed but it’s not exactly standing wide open either. Austin fans will continue to hold out hope until it’s either a done deal or not but a Stone Cold return at WM30 would help insure that the biggest event of 2014 would be a can’t miss event. AS I have said in the past, I’d gage an Austin return to WWE for a farewell promotion as 50/50 or less.

Austin has talked plenty about being able to work a match against CM Punk, take a look at these comments from 2011:

“If it was the right time, right place could I do it (have one more match)? Yeah. I got a lot of respect for the kid (CM Punk), love the promos he cuts, love his work in the ring. He’s a guy that paid his dues, worked his way to top guy status, and I wish him all the best in the world. It’s a weird situation right now because he’s a babyface and I think he became a babyface too soon, and I would have liked to work him when he was a heel. It comes down to money and what’s on the table.”

This is more than sensationalism or over accentuating posts on Twitter.  Austin has said he would be open to one more match against Punk given the right time and right place.  Austin’s friends are on record as to saying he would entertain the “right offer.”  Jim Ross refuses to say there is no chance.  If The Rock bows out, the right time and right place could become Wrestlemania XXX in New Orleans. Not only would Austin be able to headline the show, he wouldn’t have to take a backseat to The Rock.  WWE has clearly changed their stance on part-time talent and haven’t been hesitant to pay big money for a main event dream match.

This could happen and could be in play for Wrestlemania next year.  Would you like to see Austin return for one more match?  Should it be against CM Punk or someone else?  I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.


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