Wrestling legend Stone Cold Steve Austin may well have slammed the door shut on the idea of returning for the upcoming Wrestlemania, despite initial rumours that he could make a shock return for the ring.
Austin, who has become one of the most legendary characters to ever grace the WWF and WWE, revealed on Jim Ross’ new podcast, The Ross Report, that the idea of him returning to fight once more is one that fans shouldn’t hold on too tightly to.
Whilst admitting that life without professional wrestling was one that had initially cause him great sadness, Austin said that he has now become accustomed to life outside of the organisation.
“At this pace and with what's going on and with where I'm heading and not being in the ring for so long, you're really looking at too long of a time commitment to get ready for a match like that,” the Rattlesnake said.
“And, again, it's like I told Chris Jericho a couple of months ago, it took me three years to get the business out of my system, going through withdrawals. I hated life. I had fun and I wasn't miserable and I wasn't crying all day but man, I love pro wrestling. I loved being on the road.That's what I wanted to do with my life. And I had to give it up. It took me a long time to get over that. I'm over that now, I'm a happy camper.”
Of course any chances of Austin stepping foot inside the ring once more will have undoubtedly taken a blow if reports over CM Punk’s future are true.
The rivalry between the two wrestlers would have been the most obvious opening for Austin to make his return, but with Punk’s apparent retirement from the sport, that avenue has been ruled out.