Stone Cold’s Return Would Win Him A Long-Standing Joke Bet With The Undertaker
If Austin returns, he will have technically been wrestling longer than The Deadman.
This year’s road to WrestleMania has been one unlike any other. While there are always plenty of rumors at this time of year, the last few weeks have been rife with some huge ones. The status of Cody Rhodes keeps changing every few hours, and there was a point where many of us really believed a 76-year-old Vince McMahon was going to step back between the ropes and wrestle Pat McAfee. Yes, I was one of the ones who believed it could happen, but only because wrestling has been so wild these last couple of years that I’ve reached the point where I firmly believe just about anything can happen.
Stone Cold’s WrestleMania Return
Outlandish WrestleMania rumors come in threes, at least they do this year, and the third rumor is that Stone Cold is prepping for an in-ring return. This one might well be the most shocking of all. Yes, even more shocking than McMahon wrestling again. Stone Cold hasn’t wrestled since he rode off into the sunset after losing to The Rock at WrestleMania. Not only that, but on numerous occasions, Austin has clarified that he never has any intention of wrestling again. The one wrestler who actually planned on sticking to his retirement, until now, apparently.
Whenever Austin has discussed a theoretical return to the ring, he often brings up The Undertaker. Despite starting out in the business at around the same time, The Deadman didn’t retire from in-ring action 17 years after The Texas Rattlesnake hung up his wrestling boots. Multiple teases, but Undertaker’s final match wouldn’t happen until he buried AJ Styles at WrestleMania 36 and quite literally rode off into the sunset, although it was more like the sunrise by the time the match was done.
Austin Might Be Back To Win The Bet
The reason Austin brings up The Undertaker when discussing his retirement is because of a conversation the two of them would have when they were both active wrestlers in WWE. The pair had a joke bet, seemingly with nothing actually on the line, as to which of them would be wrestling longer. Austin always chuckles as up until this point, every time I have heard him tell the story, The Undertaker has still been an active wrestler, albeit a very part-time one. The Phenom wound up beating Austin by almost two decades, long after the two of them thought their career endings would be pretty close together.
Fast-forward two more years and there’s a chance that long-running joke bet might be about to get another layer. If Austin does defy the odds and return for even just one more match at this year’s WrestleMania, he will unexpectedly trump The Deadman and be able to claim he’s the one who was active for longer. It might be a serious stretch of what defines the word active, but hey, sometimes The Undertaker was only actually active once a year towards the end of his career.
To go a step further, there is always a chance The Undertaker isn’t actually done yet either. There have been so many times when even the man himself thought his career was over only to receive that call from Vince McMahon cashing in a favor, or for him to end on a bad match and not being able to let it lie. It would certainly be something if Austin wrestles again next month and tries to claim the bet, only for Undertaker to come back at next year’s WrestleMania and make his incredible record on The Grandest Stage Of Them All one win better. The likelihood right now is that neither of them wrestles again, but as I’ve already said once, it really does feel like anything can happen in wrestling right now.