Brock Lesnar had one of the best freshman months in the annals of WWE. During his quick ascension up the card, he wrestled and defeated nearly all of the top names in professional wrestling history.
Brock Lesnar was about to face Steve Austin an episode of RAW
In 2002, WWE sought to set up a contest between Brock Lesnar and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. On an episode of RAW, there was supposed to be a qualifying bout for the King of the Ring event. But once Austin abruptly left the company, it never happened.
“I got to wrestle (Hulk) Hogan,” Lesnar recalled on The Pat McAfee Show. “I got to wrestle, you know, Dwayne, ‘The Rock’. The Undertaker, Ric Flair, but I didn’t get to wrestle Steve (Austin) and I was thinking about this actually today.”
Austin has expressed his displeasure with being expected to lose against Brock Lesnar in a match with no anticipation or plot that would be broadcast on television rather than on pay-per-view. Lesnar believes he understands Austin’s decision in retrospect.
“I understand from a business aspect,” Lesnar said. “At the time Steve left and you know…didn’t want to work with me and it was probably the right decision for him at the time. You know, I don’t hold a grudge against it at all. Business is business, I got that right away. I had a lot of good mentors, you know, coming up in the business.”
Can Steve Austin make a comeback?
There was talk in 2015 about a potential match between Austin and Lesnar being scheduled for WrestleMania 32. Austin attended the program but did not compete in any of the matches.
Austin is rumoured to be making a comeback in the ring. Austin has been in talks with WWE about returning to the ring at WrestleMania 38. Since losing to The Rock at WrestleMania XIX, Austin has not competed in a professional wrestling contest. With Austin potentially returning and Brock Lesnar being in his prime, this dream match can potentially take place.