The internet is still buzzing following Stone Cold Steve Austin’s podcast with Paul Heyman on WWE Network last night, with more and more fans buying into the view that Austin and Brock Lesnar are set to lock horns at WrestleMania next April, in Austin’s home state on Texas.
This has also led to personalities from within the wrestling business offering their view on the podcast, as well as the tease of what would be a colossal WrestleMania match. And there aren’t many more qualified to offer their opinion than former long-time WWE employee – and even longer-time Stone Cold friend and confidant – Jim Ross.
Writing on his blog at jrsbarbq.com, Ross wrote;
Enjoyed the Steve Austin-Paul Heyman post RAW edition of the Steve Austin Podcast on the WWE Network and was pleased that WWE extended their time approximately 12 minutes as the two could have easily delivered two, compelling hours of entertainment. It brought back old times when Heyman struck the mean dog with a sharp stick when asking @steveaustinBSR about facing Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania Texas in April of 2016. Great intensity by Austin who flipped the switch into promo mode while talking about the topic that the IWC (Internet Wrestling Community) had to love. My Twitter timeline @JRsBBQ exploded as many fans reacted as if the match had been made and that Steve was firing the opening salvo of the verbal aspect of what would be a record setting main event.
I’d give an educated guess that the odds of an Austin-Lesnar match being held at Wrestlemania Texas as less than 50-50 and likely closer to 65-35 that it won’t happen. I’d love to be wrong but as Austin said “the stars in the sky would all have to be aligned” for that to happen and I don’t see those stars as being fan friendly for the lack of a better expression.
JR has long been of the opinion when questioned that he believed Austin wouldn’t return to the ring, so it makes sense for him to maintain this view.
For what it’s worth, it is very likely that nothing is set in stone and what took place between Austin and Heyman last night was done just to get people talking and maybe even to gauge public opinion. Either way, the reaction to last night’s show has been huge and WWE must be delighted.