Stone Cold Steve Austin is considered to be one of the most popular wrestlers of the attitude era. Fans loved watching him get revenge on the WWE boss, Vince McMahon, week after week. Not only did Austin humiliate his boss, but he would also put everyone else on the roster and make a mockery of them. Yes, he loved to drink beer, raise his middle finger at all who annoyed him and he loved to raise hell.
During his wresting career, Austin held 19 championships and is a six time WWF champion. Steve Austin had some of the best feuds in the attitude era with the like of Triple H, The Rock and Vince McMahon.
Austin and Triple H eventually went on to become a tag team called the Two-Man Power Trip and went on to win the WWE tag team Champions. They prominently feuded with the brother of destruction, The Undertaker and Kane during their time as a team. The team broke up when Triple H tore his quadriceps. Stone Cold also won the 1996 King of the Ring tournament and the Royal Rumbles in 1997-98 and 2001.
However, Austin was forced to retire from wrestling in 2003 due to nagging knee and back injuries. He continued to appear on Raw in a non-wrestling role, but had some issues with the creative team.
In 2011 Austin returned to WWE to host the re-launch of the reality series Tough Enough and was also the special guest GM of the 13 June edition of Raw.
But, should Austin return to the squared circle and lace up his boots? My answer: No and here are 10 reasons why.
No one wants to see Austin constantly retiring like Ric Flair. It’s just annoying.
Let’s face it, Austin isn’t 30 anymore. He’s 46 years old and has nagging injuries.
Older fans hate to say it, but the attitude era is dead and the PG era is alive. Austin is a part of the attitude era.
If Austin returns to the ring and wrestles less than satisfactory, it could disappoint a lot of fans.
Austin has had one heck of a career, what is really left for him to prove?
One of the reasons why Austin was so loved was because he always stuck it to his boss, but with no Vince, it just doesn’t seem to work quite the same.
WWE is PG, Austin isn’t.
Many fans know of the claims that Austin’s ex-wife, Debra, made about domestic abuse and it leaves some fans a bit uncomfortable when watching him on TV now.
Austin doesn’t really fit into the current WWE roster.
Austin’s character is from the attitude era and is meant for the older generation, so kids just won’t understand him. Considering WWE’s main target is kids, how would that logically work out?