Stone Cold Steve Austin recently opened up about the possibility of appearing at WWE's WrestleMania 39 after his highly praised performance at WrestleMania 38. Fans speculated early on if the WWE Hall of Famer would participate in this year's event, with rumors circulating about potential matches against Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar.
Despite his improved physical condition, Austin maintained that he had not heard from WWE about participating in WrestleMania 39. In a recent interview with Sports Illustrated's Justin Barrasso, Austin confirmed that he had discussions with WWE about wrestling at SoFi Stadium.
However, like Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Austin had to decline the offer due to other commitments that prevented him from adequately preparing for a match: Austin recounted his conversations with WWE, stating that he needed to focus on his upcoming show, Stone Cold Takes on America, and could not commit to WrestleMania 39.
Production delays and a grueling schedule prevented him from training appropriately for a high-profile match. His preparation for WrestleMania 38 was different, with a well-received match against Kevin Owens, which he only agreed to after multiple creative revisions.
Circumstances Prevent Austin's Return
Austin highlighted the unique challenges he faced this year, which made it impossible for him to commit to WrestleMania 39 without completing his show first. With a hectic production schedule, he found it difficult to allocate time for the rigorous training needed to be in top form for a high-stakes match.
Additionally, his access to workout equipment was limited, further hindering his ability to achieve the necessary physical conditioning. Ultimately, these factors compelled Austin to prioritize his TV project over participating in WrestleMania 39.
Stone Cold Steve Austin confirmed that he had discussed the possibility of wrestling at WrestleMania 39 with WWE but ultimately had to decline the offer due to other commitments and an inability to prepare appropriately.
Fans will continue to speculate about future appearances from the legendary wrestler, but Austin's focus seems to remain on his television projects.