The first night of WrestleMania 38 was headlined by “Stone Cold” Steve Austin defeated Kevin Owens in an impromptu No Holds Barred Match. In a post match interview, Austin spoke about what it meant to him.
What WWE advertised for the main event of WrestleMania 38 Saturday was Austin as a guest on the Kevin Owens Show. There was no promise of a match or advertisement of a match although there were rumors that it might happen. After Owens continued his verbal assault on Austin’s beloved state of Texas as well as taking shots at Austin himself, Owens challenged Stone Cold to a No Holds Barred Match. After Austin asked the huge crowd at AT&T Stadium what they thought, they gave him a “hell yeah” and Austin agreed to the match.
Austin would go on to brawl around the stadium with Owens. They fought outside the ring, they broke tables, went into barricades and even fought in while in the crowd. Austin even took some pretty big bumps like some hard suplexes on the cement. During the match, Austin also drank several beers because that’s what he likes to do. After Owens hit a Stunner in the ring, Austin kicked out at two and Austin would go on to finish Owens with a Stone Cold Stunner of his own after about 14 minutes of action.
After the match, Austin celebrated with more beers, another Stunner to Owens and he even brought his brother into the ring as part of the beer bash. Austin also gave a Stone Cold Stunner to announcer Byron Saxton as well. It was a fun moment as Austin celebrated some more with the loyal fans in Dallas, Texas.
Austin was interviewed by WWE for a digital exclusive after the match.
“I came here looking for anything. This is where I started and I was lucky enough to finish here. KO is outstanding, but he ran his mouth a little too much and it finally caught up with him. It was an honor to be here on such a stacked card with so many great matches.”
Stone Cold also praised the crowd at AT&T Stadium in Dallas for showing him a lot of support just like they did during his active days as a wrestler.
“You just love the crowd, you love the crowd, the guys and gals before me had so many great matches. It’s really hard to follow that, but you live and die by that crowd. This crowd is so faithful, so loyal, so rambunctious, they’re behind everything you do. I give a shout out to the WWE superstars that worked before me and will work tomorrow night, but I give the biggest shout out to the crowd because I never expected to headline a WrestleMania at this day and time. It’s all about the WWE Universe.”
The 57-year-old Austin also set a new record as the oldest man to headline a WrestleMania in WWE history. Also, since Austin’s last WrestleMania main event was WrestleMania 17 in 2001, that meant the 21-year difference between WrestleMania main events was the largest in WWE history.
H/T to Fightful for the above transcription.