Rock solid 19 years after his retirement due to neck issues experienced during his WWE career, Steve Austin committed the unthinkable. In the main event of WrestleMania 38, he laced up a pair of boots and unleashed a can of whoop-a** on Kevin Owens. The famous entertainer declined every chance to make a comeback this year despite receiving several of them.
Now, The Texas Rattlesnake’s name has come up for a retirement match that one of WWE’s all-time biggest stars, Hulk Hogan, intends to have shortly, potentially at WrestleMania 40. Hogan said that Shane McMahon had proposed a match to him for this year’s Show of Shows when speaking to Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour. The Hulkster, in response to McMahon’s invitation, said that his back needs more work but did not completely rule out a return to the ring the following year.
Reason behind choosing Stone Cold Steve Austin for the final game
Helwani asked Hulk Hogan who his preferred opponent for a WrestleMania 40 retirement bout would be, and Hogan responded saying, “If he would get in the ring with me… The reason I went back to wrestle The Rock was to get in the ring with Stone Cold Steve Austin. Because me as a bad guy, as ‘Hollywood Hogan,’ I could have torn the place down with him. He was the ultimate good guy at the time but he was having some physical problems with his legs and nerve damage, and he was about at the end of his run. So, if I had one guy to get in [the ring] with, it’d be him.”
At WrestleMania 30, The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin, and Hulk Hogan all competed in the same ring. The sequence had the crowd going wild as they watched the three legends team up in the ring for a promo to open the program.
As of this writing, Kevin Owens holds the distinction of being The Bionic Redneck’s penultimate foe and first opponent since 2003. Austin did make the statement repeatedly that he would return “if the stars aligned again.” This year’s Night One of WrestleMania featured Kevin Owens as the headline event once more. Owens and Sami Zayn competed in a tag team bout for the first time since WrestleMania I in 1985, making WWE history.