Steve Austin has no intention of ever wrestling again, but if he did there are two names at the top of his list of potential return matches.
Even though wrestlers retire on a regular basis, are they ever really retired? There are very few examples of pro wrestlers who retire from in-ring competition and never return. Shawn Michaels was the greatest example of that, and then he went and ruined it by returning for a terrible tag match at WWE Crown Jewel last month.
Ric Flair, Mick Foley, Daniel Bryan, all wrestlers who retired only to return a little while later. Okay so Bryan didn't really want to retire, but the other two could have walked away from wrestling for good but simply couldn't tear themselves away. There is still one man who retired more than 15 years ago and as it stands, he has kept to his word.
That man is Stone Cold Steve Austin. At WrestleMania XIX, Austin wrestled The Rock. It was the third time in five years the two Superstars clashed on the Grandest Stage Of Them All. Even though Austin hadn't revealed it to the fans, he knew going into the match that it would be his last. However, more than a decade and a half later, we still like to fantasize about a comeback from The Texas Rattlesnake.
In fact, Austin even gets in on the fun from time to time. On a recent edition of The Steve Austin Show, the WWE Hall Of Famer revealed who he would to face if he were to return to the ring today. Top of the list would be Brock Lesnar, mainly because Austin famously walked out of a show where he was meant to face The Beast in 2002. Interestingly, the other man he would like to square off with is Elias.
While Austin would likely never admit it, HBK returning for a match in Saudi Arabia must have piqued his interest at least a little. He and Michaels were the only two big names to retire and stay retired, but WWE managed to tempt Mr. WrestleMania back one more time. If the Saudi shows have enough money behind them to persuade HBK to wrestle, then perhaps there's enough cash to turn Austin's head too.