Steve Austin – “My Days In The Ring Are Done”
The legendary “Stone Cold” Steve Austin has made it clear that his days as a pro wrestler are done even though he came back for a match at WrestleMania 38 last year.
In the main event of WrestleMania 38 in 2022, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin made his in-ring return against Kevin Owens in a match that was advertised as a “Kevin Owens Show” interview. The interview broke down, Austin was in a fighting mood and they went on to have a competitive match that Austin won with a Stone Cold Stunner to send the Dallas crowd home happy.
It was Steve Austin’s return to the ring after 19 years since he retired in 2003 at WrestleMania 19 when he lost to The Rock. Most guys don’t come back at 57 years old after 19 years on the shelf, but most guys aren’t the WWE Hall of Fame legend that Austin is.
Steve Austin recently did several interviews including this one with NBC Los Angeles where he made it clear that he is “over it” as far as being a pro wrestler and he doesn’t miss it.
“You have to understand that I retired in 2003, so it’s been a long time, so I’m over it. But when I walked away from the business of sports entertainment, I endeavored into other things; I work with Kawasaki motor sports on the side by side division, I’m in the beer business, and I do other things.”
“Coming back to do something from time to time is fine, because I love my relationship with WWE, but my days in the ring are done… although, I did do the main event at WrestleMania last year in Dallas, but that was kind of a fluke and we pulled it off. It’s good to be back and see some of the faces… But I’ve been gone for a long time, and I do not miss it.”
When asked what he missed about being a bigger part of pro wrestling, Steve Austin talked about missing the camaraderie with his fellow wrestlers.
“Well yeah (there are things I miss about being on the road), I miss the boys. That’s what I miss. You miss going up and down the road telling stories, laughing, and doing things to entertain each other when you’re doing the grind on the road… just living life.”
“It’s a different breed of animals, or guys, or human beings, that get into this business, and birds of a feather flock together and the sports entertainment industry draws some very unique characters.”
It should be noted that what Austin said in this interview is a bit different from what he said in another interview when he said “never say never” about a match while adding it could happen again.