The WWE hope WrestleMania 32 will be a record-breaking night for the company, but they could have to do it without one of the biggest names in their history.
According to Ric Flair, there is a real chance that Stone Cold Steve Austin could boycott the 2016 event.
Speaking on the most recent edition of his podcast, Flair noted that The Texas Rattlesnake had told him he won't attend 'Mania 32 if the WWE fail to induct a certain individual into the Hall of Fame on the eve of the AT&T Stadium show.
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Flair was speaking to former Superstar Michael “P.S.” Hayes of the Fabulous Freebirds when he made the comments:
"If he [Hayes] is not inducted this year into the Hall of Fame… in Dallas, with all he did for the Freebirds down there - I’m quoting Steve Austin - he will not attend WrestleMania."
Stone Cold has long been a champion of Hayes and his right to be a member of the Hall of Fame, but the WWE are yet to bestow the honor on the 56-year-old.
And, with the WWE banking on Austin being a central figure at WrestleMania 32 due to his connections with Texas, the host state, this latest revelation will likely set alarm bells ringing amongst the WWE hierarchy.
Fortunately, with the Fabulous Freebirds having their own strong relationship with Texas, there is growing talk that 2016 could finally see the WWE bow to outside pressure and honor Hayes.
That outside pressure will only intensify now that Austin's WrestleMania status appears to hinge on Hayes.
WWE fans: Who should Stone Cold Steve Austin fight at WrestleMania 32 if he does show up? Have your say in the comments below...