• Stone Cold Steve Austin Reveals Why He’s Returning At WrestleMania 38
During an interview on the Rich Eisen Show, WWF Legend Stone Cold Steve Austin talked about returning to WWE for WrestleMania 38, to confront RAW Superstar Kevin Owens on The KO Show on April 2nd.
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 WWF HISTORY (March 16, 1998) – WWF RAW IS WAR
On this day in 1998, the World Wrestling Federation aired another LIVE episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF RAW IS WAR’.
It was broadcasted from the America West Arena in Phoenix, Arizona and featured matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF WrestleMania XIV’ PPV.
Here’s the match-card:
1. Ken Shamrock vs. D’Lo Brown
2. Jeff Jarrett vs. Tom Brandi
3. NWA World Tag Titles: The Headbangers vs. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express
4. Chainsaw Charlie vs. Billy Gunn
5. WWF European Title: Triple H vs. Owen Hart
6. Luna vs. Sable