Stone Cold Steve Austin explains why he's back fighting after almost 20 years
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On March 30, 2003, at the age of 38, Stone Cold Steve Austin was forced to retire from professional wrestling. All this due to some neck and knee problems that have tormented him throughout his career. Before retiring, his last appearance in the ring was against The Rock at Wrestlemania 19.
However, after being out of the WWE ring for almost 20 years, Steve Austin has finally returned to wrestle in his home state of the Texas, defeating Kevin Owens at WrestleMania 38 in a match received quite well by fans and critics.
After the bout, the WWE legend garnered near-universal praise for his performance. In a recent interview, the WWE Hall of Famer wanted to reveal the reason why he chose to return to fight despite having denied every rumor about it for several years.
Steve Austin: "Kevin Owens is extraordinary on the mic and in the ring"
In an interview with The Wrestling Classic, Stone Cold Steve Austin revealed why he decided to return to fight Kevin Owens: "One day I had a call from WWE.
I was offered to wrestle at WrestleMania 38 in Dallas Texas. It has always been a special place for me, I just started playing football outside. I was done but promised that I would come back to wrestle if I got the right opportunity.
They told me they could do it with Kevin Owens and I was happy to share the ring with him. I love him, he's amazing both on the mic and in the ring." During the same interview, Steve Austin admitted that he received WrestleMania 39 match offers from WWE.
While he seemed happy to return to wrestling after his match against Kevin Owens, the Hall of Famer declined to face Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns for the big event. In recent months, however, The Texas Rattlesnake has posted a series of training videos on social media in which he appears in great shape. However, he clarified that he is training only for himself and not to return to the wrestling ring.