The rivalry between "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and The Rock was one of the most important in WWE history and many found it consistent that the Texas Rattlesnake had decided to retire against its eternal challenger.
The two clashed one last time at WrestleMania 19, in 2003, and the match was appreciated by all, especially because of the nostalgic factor. The only one to have regrets, however, seems to be Austin who, speaking to the host of the show The Bump, said: "Nobody knew that this was going to be my last match.
Perhaps only The Rock and some executives knew about it. I didn't say I was going to retire. I had already defeated The Rock twice at WrestleMania and we had split. Our last match was good, but I think it could have been better."
The Rock’s recent message for "Stone Cold" Steve Austin
The Hall of Famer then added: "In any case, I love The Rock, that part where he shoves Earl Ebner and talks in my ear was not in the script, he really wanted it.
He told me that he appreciated everything I had done for him and that he loved me. Obviously, esteem and affection are mutual. As I've always said, we've always tried to bring out the best in both of us every time we shared the same ring."
There are still many who hope that sooner or later "Stone Cold" Steve Austin will decide to return to the ring, but the person concerned has repeatedly said that he was withdrawn and that he was happy with the choice made.
Of course, everything can always change since even wrestlers like Shawn Michaels and Goldberg had declared that they had finished Wrestling, only to return to the fore during the shows in Saudi Arabia. In any case, Austin continues to make his television appearances when contacted by the WWE and remains up to date on the current product, often also launching constructive criticism.
Speaking on The Kelly Clarkson Show, Austin said The Rock knew he did not want to retire. Following the match, they shared an emotional moment together in front of the crowd in Seattle, Washington. “After the three-count, after he pinned me, after three Rock Bottoms, he just said, ‘Man, I can’t thank you enough for what you did for me.
I just want you to know I love you, man.’ I’m laying there, we got 70 thousand people there, a couple of million people watching on pay-per-view. I just kind of looked up at him, I think I had my eyes closed, I said, ‘I love you too.’ Verbatim”.
The Rock is usually very active on social media. Last week, he responded to a Twitter account which shared a picture of himself moments before he drank a beer with Steve Austin.