Potential 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin Feuds For WWE WrestleMania 39 Amid Rumors

Chris Roling@@Chris_RolingFeatured Columnist IVNovember 22, 2022

Potential 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin Feuds For WWE WrestleMania 39 Amid Rumors

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    "Stone Cold" Steve Austin could be a foundational block of WWE's upcoming WrestleMania 39. No rumors required, we're just connecting the dots.

    The 57-year-old made his return to the ring over two nights at WrestleMania 38 in an unforgettable feud with Kevin Owens. It left fans wanting more, and undoubtedly Austin wanting more, too.

    But rumors sure don't hurt, either. According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (h/t Randall Ortman of Cageside Seats), WWE reached out to Austin about another 'Mania match. And he actually responded to the rumors, adding more fuel to the fire.

    Should Stone Cold return, a few major feuds make sense both on the basis of history and logical booking decisions that would entertain in the moment but also have great long-term implications.

Austin Theory

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    Austin Theory is one of the most interesting Superstars to watch in WWE right now.

    The 25-year-old had the knuckle-headed cash-in attempt of his Money in the Bank briefcase and lost in a move that most fans seemed to take as a huge burial. And while that feels true and deserved given how green he still is, this is far from the end of his tale.

    What better way to get Theory back on track and give him a landmark feud than to let him play the annoying heel to the returning Stone Cold? Let A-Town look good in the ring and in promos, and it's a big boon.

    Plus, it's somebody who is easy for Austin to work with and will help him look like a million bucks. Maybe it's not the main event to end one of the two nights most would have predicted, but neither was Austin vs. Owens and that turned out great.

Seth Rollins

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    Seth Rollins has been doing some of the best work of his career since that disaster of an encounter with Bray Wyatt's The Fiend in 2019 that required a complete character overhaul.

    And yet, unless WWE pulls a surprise, he's not going to be rewarded with a clash against Roman Reigns for the unified titles, no matter how much it would make perfect sense given the former Architect's actions amid the Shield storylines.

    So, reward Rollins with a match against Stone Cold instead.

    Again, pit the annoying, cackling heel (beloved by fans, of course) against the heroic returning veteran. Rollins carries the match, makes it look amazing, sells so well it would make Dolph Ziggler blush, and fans get an instant classic and one heck of a main event to close one of the nights.

    After all, Rollins could still get Reigns at a later date after The Show of Shows. Talk about what could be a fitting six-month stretch for the guy in WWE who probably deserves it most.

John Cena

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    Come on, this is a dream match that never happened.

    Two of the top guys of their respective eras ever getting together would be a no-brainer. We can presume Austin is available based on last year and the rumors already. We can also presume John Cena would make himself available if WWE said: "Hey, come fight Austin."

    There's an interesting angle to consider here, too. If Cena just can't make it work for whatever reason, WWE could always roll out the cinematic match.

    The company has seemed resistant to that sort of thing lately, but it's hard to deny how entertaining The Champ's last cinematic match was at WrestleMania 36, as was the AJ Styles-Undertaker bout.

    Done right with those similar production values, a pre-taped contest where they have a bar fight or at a Hollywood movie set or something could be a ton of fun.

    And if they actually get in the ring, all fans really need to see is a brawl with some of the big moves. It would be a blast for wrestlers and onlookers alike, even if there's no good way to pick an actual winner.

    While some would use the winner as a way to settle debates, this sort of dream match is more a celebration of the sport and wrestlers themselves, making for an instant classic.

The Rock

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    Everyone seems to have The Rock earmarked for Reigns. The family storyline, Hollywood locale, everything about it just makes sense.

    But there's a big but.

    What if WWE instead chooses to capitalize on that Reigns-Rollins storyline? Or understandably backs Sami Zayn as insurmountable fan support mounts?

    And what if we get one last Rock vs. Austin encounter?

    Imagine that The Rock returns and cuts a promo clearly aimed at Reigns, only for the glass to shatter. Given the history, the feud writes itself. And as great as The Tribal Chief is, even in Hollywood, Rock-Austin for one final time far outweighs the attention Reigns-Rock would get.

    Talk about a one-two punch of main events, too. Reigns defends his unified title (maybe passing the torch in the process, which helps everyone), while Austin and The Rock headline the other night.

    A few years ago, this was thought impossible. It may still be, but WWE might be wise to capitalize, especially if Reigns shifting to pass-the-torch mode has the accompanying long-term impact it should.