Amid rumours that Steve Austin was offered a match with Roman Reigns for WrestleMania, a new report says it was Brock Lesnar that was offered to Austin.
With WrestleMania 39 coming up very soon, Stone Cold Steve Austin’s name has been thrown around a lot about potentially wrestling in a match at that show. It was at WrestleMania 38 last year when Austin beat Kevin Owens in the main event of night one.
That match was 19 years after Austin’s last match at WrestleMania 19 in 2003. Even at 57 years old, the WWE Hall of Famer Steve Austin reminded fans why is considered one of the greatest wrestlers of all time. There have also been rumors that WWE wants Austin to wrestle again while Stone Cold remains in great shape.
Fightful Select reported that WWE made a pitch internally for Steve Austin to have a match with Roman Reigns. The report notes that “Austin’s camp was approached with the possibility of it happening, which was said to have been for ‘enormous’ money” in what would be the presumed main event of WrestleMania 39.
Speaking on Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer has poured cold water on those claims and says Steve Austin was offered a blockbuster WrestleMania bout – but with Brock Lesnar as his opponent rather than Roman Reigns:
“The match that was pitched was not Roman Reigns, it was Brock Lesnar. But as you can tell pretty much by the show tonight, it’s not happening.”
“It’s not on, I mean something could happen now and I guess this has been talked about probably for months. I know that when that Brock Lesnar/GUNTHER thing came up, I was told immediately that that’s not happening or that’s not the idea right now. Maybe it’s gonna happen now but the idea was something that was secret. Austin was that secret.”
“The match is not on and it looks like it’s gonna be Lesnar with Lashley based on the show tonight (3oth anniversary of Raw). I don’t have that confirmed as a WrestleMania match. Obviously, they would likely both be in the Rumble and probably feud. Whether that means Montreal (at Elimination Chamber) or WrestleMania I don’t know but it feels like it’s something to do with WrestleMania.”
“As far as Roman Reigns, I don’t know but I figure whatever Reigns’ situation will be, we’ll know on Saturday night based on who wins the Rumble.”
Bobby Lashley recently explained that he thinks a rubber match between himself and Brock Lesnar would have to take place with an extreme stipulation.
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