During an interview with ESPN.com earlier this week to promote his inclusion in the new WWE ’12 video game, former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar was asked about who he’d like to wrestle if he does return to WWE one day. Like CM Punk, Lesnar’s got his sights set on the biggest star in WWE history – “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. Lesnar told ESPN:
“Ironically it’s probably the guy that walked out on me. The guy that took his ball and went home. A guy that I was supposed to face and I think that he was just plain downright scared to get in the ring with me because he was one of those guys that was on top and saw a huge threat in Brock Lesnar at the time. That’s “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. I worked with everybody and anybody that was anybody there and if I came back, I think the guy that I would come back to fight is “Stone Cold” Steve Austin.”
Lesnar’s beef with Austin stems from a legitimate incident that took place back in 2002. Brock Lesnar was a rising star in WWE and company officials wanted Lesnar to squash Steve Austin on RAW en route to winning the 2002 King of the Ring tournament. WWE officials tried making the match on very short notice (we’re talking 2-3 days) – and it’s said that Steve Austin refused to take part in such a big money angle with no buildup. Austin didn’t have a probably putting Lesnar over in a big way, but to do it in such a haphazard, shortsighted way showed Austin that WWE creative was spinning out of control even back then. Austin “took his ball and went home” as a result of this incident.
Steve Austin, not one to sit on the sidelines when somebody’s running their mouth about him, has responded to Lesnar’s comments. Austin tweeted on Tuesday night:
“So @DCBROCKLESNAR was talking trash about me…very interesting. Gonna finish my beverage and mull this one over…catch y’all tomorrow.”
Later in the evening, it was clear that Lesnar’s words were getting to the Texas Rattlesnake. Austin followed up with another Tweet before bed:
“Trying to go to sleep..but this @DCBROCKLESNAR thing is winding me up a bit… relax…. breath… relax…breathe…. no use..to be continued..”
While there’s still a possibility that both Brock Lesnar and Steve Austin have at least one match left in each of them, the chances of their final WWE matches being against each other are unlikely.
What do you think – should Austin wrestle Brock Lesnar if he returns to WWE for one last match, or should he wrestle CM Punk? Or somebody else? Hit up the COMMENTS below.