Stone Cold Steve Austin has confirmed that he’s training to get into ‘in-ring shape’ ahead of WrestleMania 38.
On WrestleMania 38 Saturday (April 1), Austin will meet Kevin Owens for a special edition of the KO Show. Despite the segment currently being advertised as a confrontation rather than a match, it had previously been reported that Austin was training cardio for a ‘fight scene’.
Speaking on the Rich Eisen Show, Austin recalled having to step away from the ring in 2003 because of neck issues. Preparing for a physical altercation, Austin said:
“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 to because he’s had an amazing career. I’m glad he pissed me off when he did.
“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 99, 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.
“I’m doing this for the fans. I’m doing this for WWE. I’m doing this for me, number one.”
Austin’s last full match took place in 2003, 19 years ago.
You can view the announced card for WrestleMania Saturday at here, and the current line-up for WrestleMania Sunday at here.
Transcription via Ringside News.
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