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Stone Cold Steve Austin's in-ring return at WWE WrestleMania appears to be really happening



On Wrestling Observer Radio, Bryan Alvarez and Dave Meltzer discussed Stone Cold Steve Austin's return to the ring at WrestleMania. As noted last night, it appears that WWE is setting up Kevin Owens vs. Austin at Mania. The deal to get Austin had to have been locked in at least by last week because that is when Owens started giving promos about the state of Texas, where WrestleMania 38 will be hosted.

"They have a lot of tickets left to sell and the impression I have is the match is on," Meltzer said. "That's why he started doing the promos. I know that backstage at WWE all day, that's all I kept hearing about. I heard it early in the day and I kept checking around and more people were saying they heard the same thing. I don't know that it's a done deal but people were talking like it was. The Owens promo was a dead giveaway."

Austin hasn't wrestled a match since 2003 and WWE has made several offers over the years for another match. In 2005, Austin was scheduled to return for a match with Jonathan Coachman and Austin was supposed to lose. Austin told WWE that he hurt his back while moving furniture and he couldn't do the match. There have been offers from people in Japan but he turned it down.

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Austin has said that his neck feels fine and he has taken bumps. Also, as noted last night, he had a wrestling ring built at his home last August.

Meltzer said, "I was not told that it was a done deal but people were under the assumption that it was and that promo clearly tells you that they are booking with the idea that it is happening. Kind of unexpected but there you go."

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