Steve Austin is reportedly coming back to WWE one more time, but it will not be until 2014.
According to a report from Pro Wrestling Insider (h/t Wrestling Inc), Austin won't be "physically or mentally ready for the match to take place next year."
Coming out of the SummerSlam weekend events in Los Angeles, word from sources is that Steve Austin will indeed be wrestling one more match with WWE but that match most likely will not take place at WrestleMania 29 in 2013.
Austin's final match isn't expected to happen until WrestleMania 30 in 2014.
The story is that Austin won't come back for anything but a WrestleMania main event.
Besides just not being all there physically or mentally right now, that last part about the main event is key too.
Based on what WWE has set up for WrestleMania 29, putting Austin on the show would be overkill. It seems like the top two matches for the 2013 spectacular are going to be Brock Lesnar vs. Undertaker and John Cena vs. The Rock for the WWE championship.
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Those two matches alone are going to draw in monster pay-per-view numbers for WWE, but looking at the other side of the coin, that is a lot of money WWE is going to have to drop just on those four superstars alone.
Lesnar and Rock don't come cheap. Cena is always the highest paid full-time WWE star on any show he works. Undertaker isn't working for pennies, so if you want to add Austin's high salary into the mix, you are talking about a show that might have to do two million buys just to break even.
Giving Austin the main event stage to himself, which he deserves, is the smartest move for him and WWE. WrestleMania 29 has been set for a long time, and Austin was never going to be ready to go for that show anyway.
Plus, on a big anniversary show like WrestleMania 30, you want some special hook to draw in people. Who better than the biggest money-making star in WWE history?
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