The last time Stone Cold Steve Austin wrestled a match was at WrestleMania XIX when he lost to his longtime rival The Rock in his retirement match. Owing to his health issues, he was never cleared and decided to call it quits. Unlike several legends, Austin truly stuck to his retirement and nobody ever expected him to return to the ring.
On the KO Show, Kevin Owens said that he came for a fight and not to sit and chat. After a big tease, Austin accepted and had an actual No Holds Barred match with Kevin Owens.
While the match was set up to protect The Texas Rattlesnake, he legitimately took some big bumps, including a suplex to the concrete surface while they were brawling in the stands. In the end, Stone Cold Steve Austin won with his signature stunner.
It was a true WrestleMania moment that gave fans a dose of nostalgia with Steve Austin’s simplistic, brawl-style wrestling.
While Kevin Owens may have lost the match, he officially has a WrestleMania main event under his belt. Not only this, but he headlined The Show of Shows against his childhood idol Stone Cold Steve Austin.
Ever since Owens re-signed with WWE in late December 2021, things have been going in an upward trajectory for him. A WrestleMania match against his childhood hero is a huge win for him, along with the fact that he now has a multi-million dollar contract.