WrestleMania 38 saw the in-ring return of ‘Stone Cold Steve Austin after 19 long years. He defeated Kevin Owens in a ‘No Holds Barred match. He later returned the night two of the show and ended up hitting a ‘Stunner’ on Theory and his mentor, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon, who botched the move. Austin appeared again on night two of WrestleMania and delivered Stunners to Austin Theory, Pat McAfee and Vince McMahon.
‘The Texas Rattlesnake’ himself shared his thoughts on a potential appearance at next year’s WrestleMania 39 as well. WWE United States Champion Theory recently recalled how he found out that he and Austin would be sharing a ring on Night 2 at WrestleMania last month. He also spoke about being in the ring with the former WWE Champion Brock Lesnar
Theory talks about his experience with Steve Austin and Brock Lesnar
Speaking on After The Bell, the US Champion said he didn’t know he’d be working with Austin until the Hall of Famer told him:
“Yeah, for me, that day, I literally, like, there was so much going on and I think the thing that set it off for me was meeting Stone Cold Steve Austin, meeting him in the back and he was going to get on a golf cart and they’re riding him around. And before he got on, I was, like, hey, ‘I just wanted to introduce myself, I’m Austin,’ and he went to shake my hand and he was like, ‘oh, very nice to meet you. I’ll be seeing you later tonight,’ and I was like, ‘wait, what?'”
Theory also recalled how he felt during his head-to-head battle with Brock Lesnar inside the Elimination Chamber in February. Lesnar had eliminated Seth Rollins, Riddle, and AJ Styles in quick succession before pinning Theory to win the WWE Championship. During the match, ‘The Beast Incarnate’ had hoisted up Theory for an F-5 from the top of an Elimination Chamber pod.
Theory confirmed on the same podcast that the F-5 spot was among the scariest moments of his career so far. He also reflected on his thought process when Lesnar escaped his pod.
“It absolutely was [scariest moment],” Theory said. “I remember standing in the ring and Brock came out last, and just listening to the crowd chant, ‘Lesnar! Lesnar!’ I was like, ‘We’re about to get eaten alive. This guy’s gonna kill us.’”
Both Lesnar and Austin are away from the company while Theory is involved in a feud with Mustafa Ali.