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Top 15 Potential Oppoents for Steve Austin’s Final Match

“Stone Cold” Steve Austin was a WWE superstar unlike any other, the biggest draw of his time and in the history of North American professional wrestling. Austin, along with the likes of Shawn Michaels, Triple H, The Rock, Bret Hart and Vince McMahon, changed the face of wrestling in the United States and throughout the world, as the WWE was in a legitimate wrestling war with rival World Championship Wrestling when Austin emerged somewhat out of nowhere to become the biggest star in the business. The man once known as “The Ringmaster” became the focal point of the “Monday Night Wars,” and it is likely that we would all be watching a different product had Austin not been given a chance to carry the ball for the WWE.

Austin certainly paid the price in many ways throughout his days in multiple promotions. It was specifically a serious neck injury that forced Austin off of the active WWE roster over a decade ago. Austin has since, in interviews that have taken place over the years, admitted that he had wrestled against the recommendations of his doctors for some time, and that remaining an in-ring performer could have put his life in jeopardy due to the state of his neck.

With that said, rumors of Austin returning to the WWE for one final big-time match and, just as importantly, for one final massive payday have never been fully silenced. The speculation put out there by respected wrestling journalists is that Austin will do whatever physically possible to be able to take part in one more encounter, this one taking place at the biggest WWE pay-per-view of 2016. That show will occur in Austin's backyard and in a venue, AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, that could see a record attendance for any WWE event, especially if it is announced that Stone Cold is coming back for one final match.

15 Seth Rollins

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14 Randy Orton

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13 Sting

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12 Dean Ambrose

via ign.com

11 Chael Sonnen

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10 Kevin Owens

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9 Daniel Bryan

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8 John Cena

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7 Triple H

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6 Vince McMahon

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5 Shawn Michaels

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4 The Rock

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3 CM Punk

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2 The Undertaker

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1 Hulk Hogan

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Plenty would have to go right for this match to even be a possibility. For starters, both men would have to be willing to put their bodies at risk and also pass a WWE physical that may or may not be on the level. They would also have to work out a finish that both found agreeable. Outside of any hiccups, this is the one match that unquestionably worth the most money to all parties involved, and it is the one from the 1990s that fans never got to see on the biggest stage of them all. Hogan versus Austin at WrestleMania 32: So much for worries about the stadium not selling out if this match is booked.

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Top 15 Potential Oppoents for Steve Austin’s Final Match