WWE Hall Of Famer ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin is regarded as one of the best pro wrestlers to have ever competed inside the squared circle. His contributions to the world of professional wrestling can never be understated. It seems he backed out of a possible in-ring return due to a convenient reason.

‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin has not competed inside the squared circle in a proper match since his match against The Rock at WrestleMania 19. He was supposed to square off against Brock Lesnar after that match, but Austin ended up retiring instead.

WWE tried to have him compete in a match back in 2005 but he backed out at the last moment. According to Dave Meltzer on the Wrestling Observer, Steve Austin was going to make his return to the squared circle in 2005 against Jonathan Coachman in a gimmick match.

Austin was set to beat up Coachman but because he was supposed to lose the match, Austin conveniently backed out at the last moment, citing a back injury as the reason.


“Over the years, he had considered and talked of wrestling again. In those years he said it would take him a good six months to prepare to do so. In 2005, he was called for the Taboo Tuesday show to do a gimmick match with Jonathan Coachman with the stipulation that if he won, Jim Ross would get his Raw lead announcing job back, but if he lost, Ross would lose his job. Austin was going to be booked to lose the match, and before the match claimed a back injury and didn’t appear.”

WWE is currently waiting for Kevin Owens and Seth Rollins’ tag team program to end before they get started on Owens and Austin’s feud. We will have to wait and see when WWE will start booking Owens and Austin for WrestleMania 38

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