“Stone Cold” Steve Austin came out of retirement for a surprise No Holds Barred Match with Kevin Owens Wrestle Mania 38 back in April. Between the workout videos he uploaded to social media and the recent insider reports, all signs point to Austin struggling again Wrestle Mania 39 next year in Los Angeles. And while fans are excited about the idea, one of Austin’s former tag partners isn’t so positive about the idea.
“No,” said Foley when asked if he would like to see another Austin game. “He had the swan song and it was a great swan song. It was my favorite game of the night just because Steve went and did so much more than anybody thought he would. Then Kevin Owens deserves some sort of award. I don’t know if the Nobel Peace Prize last year went to Kevin Owens I could say he should have won it just because he single-handedly wore that angle Steve wasn’t even on TV I think he did one remote promo Owens called the Texas flat and uninspired landscape is just a thing of beauty.
“The next night he tried to make an excuse for his loss by saying he didn’t just lift weights, he lifted a lot of weights. Man, there’s a lot you can learn by watching that show done, but most importantly ingredient is your man coming back has to be able to perform at or exceed the level that is expected Steve did a fantastic job of course people would love to see him and The Rock but not as much as they’d like like to see Rock and Roman in my opinion,” he added.
Foley spoke to ComicBook in 2020 and offered some insight into why so many wrestlers struggle to stay in retirement – “I think because success is subjective in our industry. It’s not like you can gauge it based on a batting average. In baseball , if a man can’t get by with the fast ball, his career is done. While in sports entertainment you’re often at your peak years after your physical peak has ended. Understanding more about crowd psychology means you connect more with the fans , and you find ways to have better matches even though your best physical years are gone I think there’s a fine line between confidence and delusional I think some of us including myself when we get older we get on our toes over that line and still believe we still have that one last game left in us.”
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