According to Wrestlescoop they have some interesting, albeit bare-bones news, about the roles of The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin next year in WWE.
Firstly, let's talk about The People's Champion. As we all know, he is booked to face John Cena in the main event of WrestleMania XVIII. However, apparently he will be making appearances at all the big PPVs of next year. This includes the Royal Rumble and SummerSlam events. It is worth remembering that The Rock will be appearing at this year's Survivor Series to further his feud with John Cena.
I can easily say that I'm not surprised that The Rock would make an appearance at the Rumble, as I would hope one half of WrestleMania's main event would start to make regular appearances in between then and the big event. Showing up at SummerSlam is also a no-brainer if he has the time to make the commitment. With him living in Los Angeles and the event being an annual show there, it makes sense.
The problem I have with this news is that WWE are "hoping" they can squeeze more appearances out of him beyond the big shows. I would have hoped this would have been sorted beforehand so that Rock could have made regular Raw appearances in the buildup between Rumble and Mania. Hulk Hogan began to take a lot of fan abuse when he rarely showed up during the buildup for his match with Shawn Michaels at SummerSlam 2005.
In regards to Austin, WWE have discussed having him in a major role at WrestleMania XVIII but the chances of him wrestling, as with every year, are slim.
I think fans might have gotten carried away a little bit with recent interviews opening doors for matches with either CM Punk or Goldberg. Let's face facts here: Austin was not exactly in a healthy condition when he stopped wrestling in 2003. He had a perfect last match that, while he lost, will be remembered for putting on a great show. Austin cares incredibly about how fans will remember him and he knows all too well that your last match sticks with the memory of fans.
A match against either man would be a dream match but only if Austin could perform to the necessary level. Whilst Rock hasn't wrestled much more since the same match, he is definitely still in a performing condition.