When Stone Cold Steve Austin recently ramped back up his involvement in WWE courtesy of a deal involving his popular podcast many fans hoped it would lead to a return to in-ring action for the Texas Rattlesnake.
Those hopes intensified recently when Austin, speaking on his podcast to Paul Heyman, appeared to talk up a potential WrestleMania 32 match against none other than Brock Lesnar - a sure fire ratings winner.
Angering the boss
That talk might have gone down very well with WWE fans worldwide but a new report has revealed that WWE CEO Vince McMahon was less than impressed and has used his power since to take control of the situation.
Stone Cold has since publicly downplayed his comments and has denied there is any plan in place for the match. This, according to NoDQ.com, only happened because Vince McMahon took Austin aside to tell him the story had to go away.
And why couldn't the WWE be allowed to dream of such an epic match? Because Vince McMahon knows that there is no chance that a Stone Cold Steve Austin comeback vs Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 32 will ever happen, and he is worried that whether the WWE do come up with won't be able to deliver on such an impressive scale.
McMahon is known as a control freak and has become a master at selling the big shows. WrestleMania 32 has already been earmarked as a potential record breaker for the business and clearly the man in charge doesn't want any rumor or hearsay to overshadow what he has in mind, even at this early stage of preparation.
According to the same report, McMahon had no idea that the interview between Stone Cold and Paul Heyman that began the rumors would head in the direction of match speculation. The fact that it did, and it happened on his own WWE Network, is likely to have angered Vince McMahon even further.
With Austin having now attempted to put talk of a Lesnar match to bed, McMahon is hoping that WWE fans quickly forget about the jaw-dropping encounter and focus on the storylines to come.
With almost a year to go until AT&T Stadium welcomes WrestleMania 32 there are sure to be plenty of twists and turns to set up an exciting main event. Whether any of them can match seeing a true WWE Legend like Stone Cold Steve Austin battle with The Beast Incarnate remains to be seen.
WWE fans: Who do you think deserves to main event at the next WrestleMania? And will Stone Cold ever return? Have your say in the comments below...