• Steve Austin Looking Lean Ahead Of Tonight’s Return At WrestleMania 38 (Photo)
In the main event of tonight’s WrestleMania 38 Saturday, former 6-time WWF Champion “Stone Cold” Steve Austin will return to WWE programming.
He will appear on The KO Show, where he will confront former Universal Champion Kevin Owens about disrespecting Texas and fellow Texas Legends.
Last month, the Wrestling Observer reported that Austin is in great physical shape and will most likely be in his in-ring gear tonight.
2-Time WWE Hall Of Famer Ric Flair reunited with Austin yesterday at a Fiterman Sports event, and Austin was looking visibly leaner than the last time we saw him on WWE TV.
You can check it out below:
— Ric Flair® (@RicFlairNatrBoy) April 1, 2022
Owens recently revealed that Vince McMahon told him about Austin’s return plan in January.
Bret Hart will be in attendance tonight to support Austin. Bret confirmed it himself during an interview.
During an interview on the Rich Eisen Show, Austin talked about why he’s doing what he’s doing tonight.
Below are the highlights:
On returning for WrestleMania 38:
“This opportunity comes up, Kevin Owens starts running me down and gets my attention.
It was a thing where, I kind of said, ‘I’m never going to get in the ring again.’ In this business, never say never.
I said I would never get in, but prompted by the right person at the right time, hell, I wish he would have pissed me off a little sooner than he did to give me more time to prep.
Once you step into the ring, it’s like stepping onto a football field, that’s where business happens. We don’t know what it’s going to escalate to. I’ve been working on my conditioning.
Had it been anywhere else other than Jerry’s Place…it’s a two-night event, WrestleMania is biggest show of the year, to be part of that is really special to me.
I’m doing this for me. I’m going out there to have a damn blast. I’m gonna have fun and I’m gonna wear these two fists out on Kevin Owens. I’m sure he’s going to get some too because he’s had an amazing career. I’m glad he pissed me off when he did.”
On why he’s returning:
“When I left, I didn’t want to leave. WrestleMania 19, my neck had presented some problems. After I got spiked and dropped on my head back in 97, I had three, four fused up, and it was time for me to ride off into the sunset and do something else.
This comeback means a lot to me as I’ve been getting back into in-ring shape. I’m gonna go out there and do the absolute best I can.”
Final words on his comeback:
“I’m doing this for the fans. I’m doing this for WWE. I’m doing this for me, number one.”
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• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (April 2, 1989) – NWA Clash Of The Champions 6
On this day in Pro Wrestling history on April 2, 1989, Ted Turnerís World Championship Wrestling aired ëNWA Clash Of The Champions VI: Ragin’ Cajuní LIVE on TBS from the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.
The main event saw NWA World Heavyweight Champion Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat defending his title against “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair in a ‘Two out of three falls match’.
The results from that night:
The Samoan Swat Team defeated The Midnight Express
The Great Muta defeated Steven Casey
The Junkyard Dog defeated Butch Reed
Bob Orton defeated Dick Murdoch
NWA World Tag Team Championship: Mike Rotunda & Steve Williams defeated The Road Warriors (c)
Ranger Ross defeated The Iron Sheik by DQ
NWA United States Tag Team Championship: Eddie Gilbert & Rick Steiner (c) defeated Dan Spivey & Kevin Sullivan
2-out-of-3 falls – NWA World Heavyweight Championship: Ricky Steamboat (c) defeated Ric Flair