Jim Ross has discussed how ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin felt about his return to the ring at WrestleMania 38.
At WrestleMania 38 on April 2nd, ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin stepped in the ring for a match for the first time in almost two decades against Kevin Owens. The WWE icon had originally retired due to injury issues following his match with The Rock at WrestleMania 19 back in 2003 but made the decision to open up “one more can of whoop-ass” on the ‘Grandest Stage Of Them All’ in Dallas, Texas.
One man synonymous with Austin and the WWE Attitude Era he spearheaded is Jim Ross. The announcer first met Austin when they both worked for WCW in the early 1990’s, before later calling some of the biggest moments of his career while in WWE.
Although ‘Good Ol’ JR’ now works for AEW, the WWE Hall of Famer said there was no way that he was going to let WrestleMania pass by without checking out his friend in the main event one more time.
Speaking on a recent episode of his podcast Grilling JR, (available via AdFreeShows) Ross revealed that Austin was happy with how the match turned out and said that both he and Kevin Owens deserve a lot of credit for pulling it off.
“I wasn’t gonna let the WrestleMania event pass by without checking out Stone Cold,”
“You know, he and I talked going into that thing and we communicated on Saturday after the show. He seemed to be real happy and really almost relieved that they pulled it off. He and Kevin Owens deserve a hell of a lot of credit for what they did, and it shows you what kind of ballplayer Austin is. He hadn’t been on the field, what was it? 19 years, something like that. He didn’t look like he missed a step and they kept the match in their lane. I thought that was really smart. How they strategized and laid out that match, it was just absolutely a masterpiece, in my view.
“Kevin Owens deserves a lot of credit, as well. You gotta have a dancing partner to make these things work, and Steve had a great dancing partner.”
Jim Ross went on to admit he didn’t know Steve Austin would appear again on WrestleMania Sunday, before praising the overall production of the event as “amazing”.
“Why would I need to know that? If I want to go see a John Wayne movie, why would I need to know how many people he killed, how many bullets he took, or whatever? Just let me watch it. Let me form my own opinions. That’s kind of what it did. So I thought the production values of that WrestleMania event were nothing short of epic. You know, the camera shots, the audio, the look of the building, it was amazing,”
H/T to Fightful for the above transcription.