WWE Hall Of Famer Stone Cold Steve Austin’s feud with The Rock has gone down in history as one of the most iconic feuds in all of professional wrestling. Their feud ended at WrestleMania 19 in 2003, which was Steve Austin’s final match as an in-ring competitor. It was the third match at WrestleMania in their feud. Steve Austin and The Rock Smackdown return also leaked previously.
Kevin Owens lost to Steve Austin at WrestleMania 38 in a No Holds Barred match and since then fans started wondering if The Texas Rattlesnake would compete in another match.
The Wrestling Observer Newsletter noted that it is apparent that Cody Rhodes was not the first choice for Roman Reigns’ opponent. The Rock was in that spot for WrestleMania, and they “even contacted Steve Austin,” but that match ended up on the American Nightmare.
The entire storyline that brought Rhodes to WWE did almost have to result in him winning the title his father never could win. But that didn’t have to take place at Mania, just had to take place at some time. The fact WWE wanted Dwayne Johnson in the spot, and even contacted Steve Austin for the spot, tells you they weren’t married to the idea of Rhodes having to headline the show or win the title, at least from Reigns.