WWE Hall of Famer "Stone Cold" Steve Austin recently confirmed discussions with WWE about a potential match at WrestleMania 39. The legendary wrestler spoke with Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated, shedding light on the rumors and providing an update on his involvement with the wrestling world.
In the months leading up to WrestleMania 39, reports indicated that WWE had offered Austin two major matches, one against Brock Lesnar and another against Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns. Although these matches ultimately did not materialize, fans were intrigued by Austin's social media posts, which showcased his impressive physical condition.
As rumors swirled about his possible involvement in WrestleMania 39, it was reported in March that WWE pitched an idea to Austin for a match or segment with LA Knight. However, Austin confirmed in mid-March interviews that no deal had been reached for his appearance at the event.
Austin's WrestleMania Absence
In his conversation with Barrasso, Austin revealed that he had met with WWE officials to discuss the possibility of wrestling at WrestleMania 39 in Los Angeles. This would have occurred one year after his No Holds Barred victory over current Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champion Kevin Owens at WrestleMania 38 in Dallas.
Austin admitted to turning down the Owens match multiple times before agreeing to it, stating his preference for a different type of match presentation. He went on to explain that his inability to commit to preparing for a WrestleMania 39 match was due to his new A&E show, "Stone Cold Takes on America." With the show's unpredictable production schedule, Austin felt he couldn't commit to getting into the necessary shape for a high-profile wrestling match.
The show's production eventually faced technical issues, which confirmed his decision not to participate in WrestleMania 39. Although "Stone Cold" Steve Austin did not appear at WrestleMania 39, his confirmation of discussions with WWE has reignited fan speculation about potential future matches. While nothing is certain, the WWE universe will watch closely for signs of the iconic wrestler's return to the ring.