Looking back on WrestleMania 38, Steve Austin says he’s surprised Kevin Owens didn’t give him a receipt.
Stone Cold Steve Austin confirmed in media appearances that he was in communication with WWE about the possibility of competing at WrestleMania 39 but it did not pan out.
The idea of wrestling again is something Austin feels he can do again, but he’s not going to be lobbying for it to happen. He expressed that sentiment to Chris Van Vliet and looked back on his return match against Kevin Owens at WrestleMania 38.
He said he threw stiff punches at Owens because he had not thrown a worked punch in years. After the match, Austin told Owens he was surprised he did not catch a receipt.
I could (do another match). I’m not necessarily going to lobby for one, because that would be silly. That’s a year away, but a year away in this business is like that (clicks fingers). They asked me to be a part of (WrestleMania) 39, they really did, but I couldn’t do it, just because there is no way. I knew what my life was going to look like due to the filming schedule of the show. We had some internal stop-downs where the show took about five months to film, that’s a long time. We finished filming about five to seven days before WrestleMania 39. And the position that they were going to put me in, which was a big one, you can’t prepare for WrestleMania and do yourself justice or do that crowd justice. Dallas was set up for a Stone Cold return, and the way we framed that with KO, who I love, was perfect for the time and setting. For this match to play out, I needed to perform at a high level. I didn’t work out before 38, I haven’t thrown a working punch in 19 years. I was killing K.O. right there, I truly was, ask him. When we got to the back, I said, ‘Man I can’t believe you didn’t throw a receipt.’ And he just laughed because his job was to just take care of me. So anyway, in the future, I am not lobbying for it, but could anything happen? Yes. Because I say never say never.
Owens main evented WrestleMania two years in a row. At this year’s show, Owens and Sami Zayn became Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions in the final match of night one.