It seems like the Stone Cold Steve Austin for WrestleMania 32 hype train has finally been derailed.
The WWE Universe had been hoping and praying that the Rattlesnake would finally be making his in-ring return at the 'Mania that is being held in his home state of Texas.
Alas, it isn't to be, with Austin saying that he is 99.9% sure he has had his last match. Austin had some much more telling comments, however, which seemed to criticize the WWE.
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The WWE Hall of Famer was speaking to Brian Fritz of Fox Sports when he revealed that he feels sorry for current WWE superstars because of the complete lack of creative freedom they have.
"I was just at the pay-per-view Hell in a Cell and prior to that I was in Dallas at a Monday Night Raw and, man, the system is very constricted right now," Austin said. "I feel for the guys in the system."
Austin went on to add that he had much more freedom with his character back in the day to veto any ideas. He exercised that right massively when he decided to walk out on the WWE over a decade ago when they wanted him to lose clean to Brock Lesnar on an episode of RAW.
"I had a lot more creative freedom back in the day. These days, it's a very rigid system and it's very political. Because of the system that I was in, I could never comply to the current system. I ain't knocking it. I'm just saying I couldn't fly in that system with so many restrictions on me."
Everything that SCSA says here is true. WWE Superstars are so tightly controlled in what they do now it is insane. If anyone differs from the script even slightly then you better believe they'll be hearing about it from Vince McMahon.
That's just not a healthy environment and you can see why Stone Cold would want to stay away from it.
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