It's been over a decade and a half since 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin wrestled his last match in WWE, but the Hall of Famer continues to follow the product closely - and he's never afraid to share his thoughts on the current state of the company.
Austin watched last Sunday's Clash of Champions pay-per-view, in which every title was put on the line. The vast majority of titles didn't switch hands, but the wrestling icon still loved what he saw in Charlotte, North Carolina.
On The Steve Austin Show (h/t WrestlingInc.com), the Texas Rattlesnake offered major praise for both women's title matches. Austin said that he "enjoyed" the Bayley-Charlotte SmackDown Women's Championship match, even though it was "very short."
As much as he liked the Bayley-Charlotte bout, Austin explained why the Becky Lynch-Sasha Basha Banks Raw Women's Championship match was his favorite at Clash of Champions.
"As much as I love Bayley and Charlotte, I love Becky and Sasha, two more of my favorites out there going for the RAW Women's Championship...And I was so happy when Bayley turned heel, but when Sasha came back and turned heel because I just love her work as a heel.
She's just a better heel than she is a babyface. It's more natural for her and when she's 'The Boss' and has that swagger. And, of course, Becky is 'The Man' and has been dropping some monster promos lately and just very articulate and eloquent and just she's 'The Man' and they had a damn barnburner. And it was probably, well it was, the match of the night. So congratulations to those two ladies."
The match between Banks and Lynch saw terrific pace and intense back and forth action. At one point, The Legit Boss hit Lynch with a steel chair. The latter tried retaliating by attacking Banks back with it, but she accidentally hit the official instead. This led to a disqualification and a loss for Lynch, but she still retained her championship.
Well, the good news for Austin and WWE fans is that we won't have to wait long for a Banks-Lynch rematch. The two stars will be clashing at the Oct. 6 Hell in a Cell pay-per-view, with "The Man" putting her title on the line.
Banks had spent her entire time on the main roster as a babyface up until she returned from a four-month hiatus on the Aug. 12, 2019 episode of Raw. She attacked Natalya and revealed her new blue hair color. And with that, Banks is enjoying what has been her best run yet on the main WWE roster.
What's Next For Banks and Lynch?
The Lynch-Banks feud could very well go down as the best of 2019. The former continues to shine as a true main event babyface, while Banks is flourishing as a legitimate heel for the first time on the main roster. At this rate, it's safe to say Hell in a Cell won't be the final chapter in their rivalry. The feud has simply been tremendous, and WWE shouldn't be in a rush to keep it going for the long run.