The WWE Universe is waiting patiently for the day when they hear the glass smash and see Stone Cold Steve Austin walk down the ramp one more time for a legitimate match.
With the WWE legend having increased his workload with the company away from the ring recently, and with his name being strongly mentioned for a key role in WrestleMania 32 in Dallas next year, some WWE fans are starting to believe that that moment is as close as it has been for years.
That speculation threatened to hit fever pitch today when the WWE 2K16 cover star was revealed to be none other than Stone Cold. Austin, though, was quick to crush the hopes of fans the world over.
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The wrestling veteran spoke to MTV News about how having his face on the cover of the most popular wrestling game will affect the constant rumors.
"I said: 'You know, its been a while since I've been around so this may spark some rumors or speculation," said Austin when reciting a conversation with a marketing member of the 2K team.
"He goes: You know, Steve, its no different to when we put Michael Jordan on the cover of NBA 2k game a few years ago...I wouldn't put myself on the same level for the wrestling/sports entertainment industry as Jordan - but his appearance didn't mean he was going to put the uniform on again."
Austin knows the WWE Universe better than most, however, and clearly wanted to make sure no fans got the wrong end of the stick when he flat out put to bed the return rumors.
"I would go on record: don't look forward to me putting on the trunks and knee braces to get back in the ring and stomp a mudhole in somebody and walking it dry. How's that work for you?"
So, before fans can even begin to anticipate a surprise appearance from The Rattlesnake on a WWE show in the future the man himself is rejecting those ideas.
But do we believe him?
WWE is famous for throwing in curveballs and the people in charge do their best to keep everything under-wraps as much as humanly possible.
With Vince McMahon hoping to set records at WrestleMania 32 next year by bringing the old gang back together you have to imagine Stone Cold Steve Austin will be involved in the AT&T Stadium show in some way, shape or form.
Austin might not be fighting on a RAW show anytime soon but it is virtually guaranteed that he will not be missing his home state WrestleMania where the knee braces will most certainly be needed.
Until then, playing as his character on WWE 2K16 is the best we are going to get.
WWE fans: If Stone Cold does come back who should his opponent be? Have your say in the comments below...
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