Steve Austin – “You Can’t Take That Belt Off Roman Reigns Right Now”
Steve Austin is no stranger to WrestleMania main events, and he had high praise for the efforts of Roman Reigns this year.
From beating Shawn Michaels to win his first World Championship through to facing Kevin Owens in his return match at WrestleMania 38, ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin’s name is one of the most synonymous with ‘The Showcase Of The Immortals’. That certainly means he’s one of the top guys to judge what’s worked and what hasn’t.
Whilst promoting his new show Stone Cold Takes on America, which premieres on A&E on April 30, in an interview with Sports Illustrated Steve Austin discussed why he feels WWE got things “just right” with the title match between Roman Reigns and Cody Rhodes at WrestleMania 39.
I have a five-star scale, O.K.? I’m going all-in. To me, they got it just right. I was wondering how they were going to do this match. They built it perfectly. I told my wife, ‘I think they’re going 30 [minutes].’ They ended up going just over 34, and it was a classic. I loved it, and I wouldn’t have changed a thing. I texted a couple people who were involved, and I sent a one-word text: Magnificent.
Continuing on, Steve Austin spoke on some of the details of the match, and what the future holds for ‘The Tribal Chief”.
I loved the finish. I loved all of it. Roman is so good right now. The story was there—Cody coming back from injury, coming back into the fold after he left from AEW, and putting himself in the position he’s in now, overcoming all this adversity as part of one of the most famous wrestling families that’s ever been in the business, and trying to finish the story against Roman.
I watched both nights of WrestleMania 39 very intently. To me, you can’t take that belt off Roman right now. You want to get it to Cody somehow, someway, some time – but now’s not the time.
Also during the interview, Steve Austin revealed the reasons why he didn’t compete at the same event.