Whether it was the last hurrah for Steve Austin or not, it seems Kevin Owens was relatively in the dark about whether he would be properly competing at WrestleMania.
In his native county of Texas, ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin was advertised as a guest on The Kevin Owens Show to main event the first night of WrestleMania 38. In the end, the set was chucked from the ring and the pair competed in an officially sanctioned match – something many didn’t think would ever happen for ‘The Texas Rattlesnake’ again.
However, it would seem that Kevin Owens wasn’t clued in to whether it would be an actual match or not until he was in the area ready for the show.
In a discussion with Ariel Helawni, Owens admitted that while he knew something would happen it wasn’t until the day of the show that the match was confirmed.
Even going into it. I’m not quite sure. Until that night, or that day, I wasn’t sure we were going to have a match. It’s weird because I’d spoken to Vince McMahon about it, I’d spoken to Steve about it, and it was always this weird, you know, ‘You and Stone Cold are gonna do something at WrestleMania.’ Okay. I called him. He’s super into it.
He’s really excited. But it’s, you know, whatever it is, whether it’s a fight or match or whatever, like, you know, we’ll figure all that out. Like, alright, and then I’m sitting going into WrestleMania, like, ‘When are we going to figure it out?’ It was just, that day, it was figured out.
The Match Was “Pretty Perfect”
Continuing on, Kevin Owens discussed the strange booking meeting where they went through the ideas, and how he feels what they came up with certainly lived up to the hype.
The feeling I had, and I don’t know if they had talked about it before or what, but at one point I was in the room with both Steve and Vince and it just felt like both were just like, ‘What do you want to do?’ ‘Well, what do you want to do?’ Then they were just kind of throwing ideas and then it just became what it became. I don’t know why it was like that. It seemed like maybe it was a way to not put too much pressure on Steve. I have no idea.
It was just a very funny position to be in. I had no idea. Even my dad was like, ‘Are you gonna have a match?’ I was like, ‘I have no idea’, but it turned out to be, you know, pretty perfect, I think, and regardless of whether it was promoted as a match before or not, I think the one thing we really did want to do is make sure people understood it’s not just going to be talking, talking, talking, kick, stunner. I don’t know if we managed to convince people of that. Either way, you know, I think it worked.
With thanks to WrestlingNews.co for the transcription.