Every year around the WrestleMania season, which includes the always entertaining Royal Rumble, the rumor mill picks up with a flurry of "is this the year that Stone Cold Steve Austin makes his return to the ring" talk. The WWE icon hears that that talk as well, and on a recent episode of his podcast decided to address it once and for all.
On the latest episode of The Steve Austin Show, Austin was asked by a listener if he will ever return to the ring for one more match, a question he is asked often, especially right after former superstars like Batista, Sting, The Rock, and Goldberg all decided to give things one more go (via IWNerd).
“I’m 52, and I get these emails all the time asking why I don’t come back. They’ll say, so and so did it. Goldberg did it, and you know what, I’m happy for all my friends that are making comebacks. Bill [Goldberg] going in and beating Brock Lesnar was awesome, setting it up for Wrestlemania 33 in Orlando, but I’m not making no comeback. I had someone cuss me out on the email the other day saying that they hated my guts because I wouldn’t do it a comeback, but listen, I’m done”
Austin is happy with the legacy he left behind, and coming back for one more go-round would only tarnish it.
“I road off into the sunset in 2003, whenever it was, after Wrestlemania 19; came back for a couple of appearances, but I’m done, and I’m happy being done, and I don’t want the pressure of having another match on my shoulders, because I don’t have to have another match because I’m satisfied with the career that I had. I appreciate everyone that had supported my career. Pro Wrestling has springboarded every endeavor that I am involved in right now, and I love the business, and the WWE and all the organizations that I work for, but man, I’m done”
Well, there you have it. The holder of the stone cold stunner has wrestled his last match, but at least he's still heavily involved with the profession he loves, something his millions of fans no doubt appreciate.
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