Steve Austin Rejected WWE WrestleMania Pitches Until Owens Match

Wrestling legend Steve Austin reveals insights into his WWE comeback journey.

by Noman Rasool
Steve Austin Rejected WWE WrestleMania Pitches Until Owens Match

At WrestleMania 38, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin delivered an unforgettable surprise to Vince McMahon and defeated Kevin Owens in a thrilling match. The WWE persuaded the iconic wrestler, who had been out of the ring for nearly two decades, to return with an offer he couldn't refuse.

Austin revealed why he returned to the ring and face Owens in a recent podcast episode called "Out of Character." In the 1990s, the "Texas Rattlesnake" began his wrestling career in Dallas, so the chance to finish it "where it all started" was a big draw for him.

Also, he communicated his profound respect for Kevin Owens, considering him a "magnificent" grappler, which further aroused his curiosity in the match. However, WWE had attempted to bring Austin back for a match before. He revealed that the business had previously approached him multiple times but that he had declined their proposals due to creative differences.

Oh, I turned them down several times before they kept coming back with new ideas," Austin stated.

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Despite the difficulties, Owens remained the focus of the conversation, and Austin was more than happy to face him in the ring.

He even talked about a time during their match when he accidentally hit Owens too hard, and he was surprised that Owens didn't react. Austin recalled telling Owens, "Dude, I cannot believe you did not give me a receipt out there." He shared that both wrestlers were thrilled to participate in the epic showdown and praised Owens' good-natured heart.

Austin addressed rumors that he had been offered the chance to appear at WrestleMania 39 but had declined, in addition to talking about his return. He stated his belief that the current WWE roster is as strong as during the Attitude Era, even though he confirmed that he had not communicated with WWE regarding the event.

Austin emphasized the significance of promoting and enabling emerging talent to shine. Fans will never forget "Stone Cold" Steve Austin's return to WWE at WrestleMania 38. Austin's presence in the ring indeed marked the end of an era and the beginning of a new chapter for WWE, from the high-stakes match with Kevin Owens to the special surprise of Vince McMahon.

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