Stone Cold Steve Austin has had some of the most iconic games in the history of WrestleMania. One of those matches was against Scott Hall in WrestleMania 18. The hall is said to have been penciled to win the match before Austin made the WWE change their plans.
Scott Hall was reportedly unhappy with the company’s decision to make him lose against Steve Austin at WrestleMania. Hall felt that he should be the one to go to restore his credibility to the WWE audience.
According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, WWE’s first plan was for Stone Cold to lose to Razor Ramon. However, Austin ‘opposed’ the idea and the decision was reversed due to Austin’s star power.
‘Hall told friends, and this is the same with what I was told at the time, that Hall was originally scheduled to win. Austin, who was, along with The Rock, one of the two biggest stars in the company at the time, balked at the idea and because of Austin’s star power, it was changed,” said Meltzer.
With the exception of Austin, many people think the Hall will not last long in WWE and it would be a bad decision for one of their biggest stars to lose to WrestleMania. Steve Austin’s match against Scott Hall was his first WrestleMania semi-final. Rattlesnake came out of the in-ring career shortly after losing to The Rock at WrestleMania 19.
Stone Cold is returning at WrestleMania 38
Stone Cold will return this year to WrestleMania 38 when he faces Kevin Owens. Although half of this could be promoted as a match, rumors suggest the two men will fight each other for at least 5-7 minutes. It all started with Kevin Owens disrespecting the city of Texas which will be hosting this year’s WrestleMania 38. In a promo on Monday Night Raw Owens called out Steve Austin so that he can beat Austin in front of his hometown people.
Stone Cold later in a video accepted the challenge. So Stone Cold Steve Austin is going to be on the Kevin Owens Show at WrestleMania 38. Many predict this to close out the Day 1 of the mega event. Kevin Owens also impersonated Stone Cold on an episode of Raw just to add fuel to the storyline.
WWE reportedly initially tried to get Austin to concede an approved match against Kevin Owens, but he refused.