WWE Chairman Vince McMahon takes the final calls when it comes to booking the matches. He restricts stars from booking themselves and one such incident happened when WWE Hall of Famer ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin cut a promo for a match with the former WWE Champion Brock Lesnar even though the match wouldn’t have happened.
Vince McMahon did not allow Steve Austin for the match
Stone Cold Steve Austin’s last match in WWE took place at WrestleMania XIX. He was booked to face Brock Lesnar soon after, but ‘The Texas Rattlesnake’ did not want to have a match with Lesnar at that time. He chose to retire from WWE instead.
Speaking on the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer revealed that there had been instances in the past where Austin has hinted at a return to the ring but did not deliver. One such episode happened when he cut a promo on Brock Lesnar without Vince McMahon’s permission.
”He had flirted with the idea of wrestling for Hustle in Japan but no deal was ever finalized and Austin basically felt that if he was going to wrestle again, it should be with WWE. There was talk in the past of Austin wrestling against C.M. Punk, but it never happened. Austin did a great promo once for a match with Brock Lesnar, who he also never wrestled, but Vince McMahon was furious at him for doing so and teasing and making people want a match that the company couldn’t deliver,” said Meltzer.
Austin and Lesnar never locked horns inside the squared circle and many fans would want to witness the match but it is unlikely to take place. Brock Lesnar is set to step inside the Elimination Chamber tonight as he will be challenging Bobby Lashley for the WWE Championship. Also involved in the match will be AJ Styles, Seth ‘Freakin’ Rollins, Austin Theory and ‘The Original Bro’ Riddle