If Stone Cold Steve Austin competes at WrestleMania 29, it must be against CM Punk and nobody else.
PWInsider.com reported that Austin told the UK Sun that Punk may not the guy for him because of Punk's "lack of intensity."
On Punk, Austin commented, "Maybe Punk’s not the guy to go against. He needs to pick up his intensity. We’ll have to see what I do, I’m happy now doing what I am. In a perfect world, where I could step back into the ring for one last match I would be willing to have that discussion with management.
"I do miss the business and working a live crowd, going out there and wrestling your hearts out. I’m still in contact with a few of the guys. I speak to Kevin Nash the most, Nash and I talk about once a week. I also keep in contact with Jericho, Punk and Cena, but not as often. I’m not a big phone or email guy and they are always on the road or doing their thing."
It would be a mistake for Austin to not fight or, even worse, to fight someone other than Punk.
A match between Punk and Austin would be one of the best of this decade. The Rock and John Cena's match was great, but this match would completely outshine it.
Both Austin and Punk have had their own fair share of trouble with authority. Everyone remembers how many problems Austin gave to the McMahon family during the attitude era. Stone Cold even fought Vince McMahon in a slew of memorable matches.
Punk shares the same sentiment about the McMahon family. One of Punk's most memorable promos of his career came when he had the "worked shoot" over summer that ripped through the brass in the WWE. The straight-edge superstar also had his fair share of problems with interim, and now permanent, general manager of Monday Night Raw, John Laurinaitis.
Who is Austin's best opponent for WrestleMania 29?
Both are rebels who would never listen to authority. However, the thing that they both disagree on is what would make this match interesting.
Punk has lived a straight-edge lifestyle ever since he was born. No drugs and no alcohol is what he is lives by. Stone Cold, on the other hand, lives a lifestyle of excess drinking. There is not a true number on how many beers Austin has drank in the ring in his career, but it's safe to assume that the number is around 3,000.
Punk and Austin have clashed on Twitter and camera a couple of times. In most of those clashes, the topic of drinking has come up. While Punk was in Nexus, Austin offered him a beer and was denied, getting kind of upset about it.
The battle between the straight-edge superstar and the rattlesnake would be legendary. The same cannot be said for another opponent.
Brock Lesnar and Stone Cold wouldn't open many eyes, because both of them will not be around much after WrestleMania. Austin and Cena would be okay, but it wouldn't be anything special because there is no real history between the two. Austin and Undertaker would make no sense at all because of a lack of current history.
The hype meter would be very low on any match that is between Stone Cold and someone not named Punk. WrestleMania 29 will be much better than WrestleMania 28 if Stone Cold and Punk are the headliners. If the WWE wants to recreate the success of this past year's WrestleMania, they must make this match happen—or else they will have just another average WrestleMania.