I projected this match for WrestleMania 29 when it was announced that the WWE 13 video game would feature CM Punk on the cover and contain a feature dedicated to the Attitude Era, which "Stone Cold" Steve Austin dominated. That didn’t work out for this year, but that’s not to say it will never happen.
In order to hype the video game, WWE conducted a sit-down interview hosted by Jim Ross and Stone Cold. It had nothing to do with any storylines, yet it was one of the greatest moments of 2012 and perhaps of the last decade. The intensity between the two exploded off the screen, just like it would in the build-up to the spectacle.
I firmly believe the match didn’t happen this year because Stone Cold was still working his way back from knee surgery. He has since said that he is healthy, and with another year to prepare for the match, it’s not unreasonable to think he could work the biggest show in the history of the business.
CM Punk said that Austin is a dream opponent at WrestleMania. Furthermore, Austin deserves one final opportunity to leave professional wrestling as a winner since he lost his last match 10 years ago to The Rock at WrestleMania XIX. This match needs to happen and it needs to go down at WrestleMania XXX.
CM Punk, as expected, put together a masterpiece of a match against The Undertaker. He is the best all-around performer in the game today and has cemented himself as not only the best heel in the industry, but a draw as well.
This has been a dream feud for over a decade because of their differing lifestyles—Stone Cold’s rebellious, beer-drinking character and CM Punk’s rebellious, straight-edge lifestyle. Both are two of the most outspoken, intelligent and methodical wrestlers in the history of the industry.
Stone Cold often wrestled under no-disqualification matches, not to mask any ability because he was a fantastic technical wrestler, but because he was an elite brawler at his peak.
The no-disqualification stipulation would obviously mask his abilities at this stage in his career, but that is irrelevant when considering that fans would be treated to an exceptional brawl built on differing opinions between two of the most charismatic and talented performers in history.
The match sells itself and would go down as one of the most compelling rivalries ever.
Winner: Stone Cold