Booker T has claimed that Steve Austin could fill the shoes of The Undertaker following The Phenom’s retirement from the ring.
With Steve Austin turning back the clocks for his appearance at WrestleMania 38, many reckon the door is not closed on his career and that ‘The Texas Rattlesnake’ could continue competing in special matches.
It had been 19 years since Austin’s last match when he competed at ‘The Grandest Stage Of Them All’ in his home state of Texas, after his career had been cut short due to neck and knee injuries which forced him away.
However, his star power along with the performance he produced on the night leads many to believe that it wasn’t the only time he’ll lace up his boots. Speaking on his Hall of Fame podcast, fellow Texan Booker T has commented that Stone Cold could fill a role which was left by The Undertaker.
Booker T believes that Steve Austin could fill the mantle of The Dead Man, who made sporadic appearances during the latter years of his career but gave an opportunity for high-profile bouts and a chance for fans to see his greatest hits.
I wouldn’t say he’s a WrestleMania guy or anything like that. Star power is everything. Saudi Arabia, to have Stone Cold Steve Austin on that card – boom, I’m sure the people over there would love it. To see Austin in Cardiff, Wales, that would be awesome because those guys out there haven’t seen him in such a long time. To see Stone Cold Steve Austin live, up close and in person, that would just be a moment for those guys, just to see Steve Austin – forget about him in the ring.
I see Steve as maybe the new Undertaker. The guy that shows up, pop the crowd, give the crowd that moment that they’re going to remember for the rest of their lives – and, me personally, that’s a damn good position to be in.
Jim Ross recently spoke about how his friend Steve Austin was feeling following his WrestleMania appearance, with The Rattlesnake himself also saying he would be open to a discussion if he got the call about WrestleMania 39.
With thanks to Sportskeeda for the transcription.