Stone Cold Steve Austin is one of, if not, the greatest WWE superstar the company has ever had, and the WWE wouldn't be where it is today without him.
The role which The Texas Rattlesnake played for the WWE during the Monday Night Wars in his feuds with Vince McMahon and The Rock helped solidify WWE as the top dog in the sports entertainment industry.
Stone Cold had some great matches during his active career in the WWE before he was forced to retire as an in-ring performer on medical grounds in 2003. This left many great feuds and matches for him on the table as he retired at the age of 38.
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Speaking on a recent episode of The Steve Austin Show, the WWE Hall Of Famer took listener calls and one listener asked who he would like to travel back in time to wrestle. Austin revealed he would have loved to have wrestled Hulk Hogan and Bruno Sammartino.
Stone Cold said, according to Wrestling Inc: "Right off jump street, if I went back to recent history, I've got to say Hulk Hogan because [he was] one of the biggest draws in the history of the [professional wrestling] business and everybody thought that match between 'Stone Cold' and Hulk Hogan should've happened a couple of years back.
"It never did just for whatever reason and I didn't feel like stepping back in the ring and I think Hogan was ready to go. I wasn't and so I never got a chance to wrestle the guy and it would have been fun to be in the ring with him."
Austin added: "So I'd say Hulk Hogan right off jump street and I would say because Bruno Sammartino was so highly respected back in the day, if I could go back in time to throw another guy on the list, it'd be a guy like Bruno Sammartino."
When Hogan returned to the WWE after his time with WCW, it was proposed for Austin to have a match with him at WrestleMania X8 in 2002, but that never happened because he refused to lose to him, as did Hogan.
Austin once said on an episode of Jim Ross' podcast, according to WWE.com: “I guarantee you, if my head had been at a little different place, then by all rights, a [match] should have happened.
"Physically and mentally where I was at, I could go. I think Hogan probably would have been a step or two behind that. That wasn’t acceptable to me, and I didn’t want to slow myself down. I say that with all due respect to Hulk Hogan, because he had a hellacious run. That was my thought process back in the day. I didn’t think we could deliver.”
In the end, The Rock instead faced and defeated Hogan, whilst Austin defeated Scott Hall at WrestleMania X8, so it wasn't all bad in the end for the fans, but it meant they never got to see what might have been if Stone Cold and Hogan had shared the ring instead.
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