WWE Hall of Famer ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin is widely recognized as one of the greatest professional wrestlers to have ever stepped inside the squared circle. He came out of in-ring retirement for an unexpected match at WrestleMania 38 against Kevin Owens, which was highly acclaimed by fans and pro wrestlers alike. It seems Austin wrestled a long match with a current WWE Superstar at his ranch while he was training for his WrestleMania 38 match.

The Texas Rattlesnake squared off against Kevin Owens in a No Holds Barred match, where the pro wrestling legend took a ton of bumps throughout the match. In the end, Austin stood tall and celebrated in a way only he knew how.

Steve Austin also had a special moment with Vince McMahon during the Show of Shows, where he hit a stunner on the WWE Chairman. However, McMahon took the stunner in such a way that fans simply could not hold their laughter at just how absurd the whole move was.

According to Sean Ross Sapp behind Fightful’s paywall, the pre-match preparation for both Austin and McMahon was finally revealed. It was noted that McMahon and NXT star Drew Gulak flew out to Austin’s ranch in Texas to work with him in person. Gulak was tasked with running drills with Austin.


It was said that Steve Austin started calling out spots to Drew Gulak while fully embodying his iconic gimmick as the Bionic Redneck. Gulak played along, and the two ended up having a long, intense match right there on the ranch.

The report went on to say that Vince McMahon also got in on the action. He was determined to ensure that Austin was fully prepared for his “impromptu” WrestleMania 38 match.

Fightful Select had reported in January of 2022 that WWE was planning to bring Stone Cold Steve Austin out of retirement. Austin himself had been hesitant since his initial 2003 retirement, and was very particular about how the right situation would present itself. Not only that, Fightful has learned that Vince McMahon was also very particular in making sure that Austin was ready for his “impromptu” WrestleMania match that would main event the show.

We’re told that Vince McMahon and Drew Gulak flew to Stone Cold Steve Austin’s ranch in Texas. Drew Gulak was running drills with Austin, and Austin started calling out spots to Gulak, almost in full character. Gulak went with it and the two effectively had a long match at the ranch.

Gulak also ended up working with Vince McMahon. One WWE higher up said “the funniest thing about all of this wasn’t that Vince flew all the way out there, took Drew Gulak with him and made sure that Austin could still go. It’s that while he did all that to make sure that Austin was good to go, he knew he was planning to wrestle himself, knew he sucked, still did it and ended up having one of the worst matches and Stunner sells of all-time after.”

Steve Austin previously made it clear that he has not heard anything about an appearance at WrestleMania 39. Only time will tell whether The Texas Rattlesnake will end up competing at the Show of Shows this week.

Are you surprised by Steve Austin competing in a long match at his ranch? Do you want to see Austin at WrestleMania 39? Sound off in the comments!

Subhojeet Mukherjee

Subhojeet, a professional wrestling fan for over 20+ years, found his passion during the Monday Night Wars. With expertise honed over decades and a broad spectrum of interests including TV, movies, anime, novels, and music, he offers insightful analysis and coverage. Respected in the industry, Subhojeet keeps fans informed and engaged with his knowledge and perspective.

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