Since he last competed at Wrestlemania 19 in 2003, wrestling fans have always hoped for a return to the ring by Stone Cold Steve Austin.
Unfortunately for those fans, it doesn't appear that a comeback match will ever happen for the Texas Rattlesnake.
"I’m 52, and I get these emails all the time asking why I don’t come back," Austin said on his podcast. "They’ll say, so and so did it. Goldberg did it, and you know what, I’m happy for all my friends that are making comebacks. Bill [Goldberg] going in and beating Brock Lesnar was awesome, setting it up for Wrestlemania 33 in Orlando, but I’m not making no comeback."
Austin added that a fan even "cussed him out" and said they "hated his guts" in an email because he wouldn't make a comeback to the ring, but he's adamant that he'll never lace up the boots for a match again.
"I road off into the sunset in 2003, whenever it was, after Wrestlemania 19; came back for a couple of appearances, but I’m done," he said. "I’m happy being done, and I don’t want the pressure of having another match on my shoulders, because I don’t have to have another match because I’m satisfied with the career that I had."
During his show Austin also spoke about whether referee Earl Hebner belongs in the WWE Hall of Fame as well as if talent should be given a four-week vacation during the year to rest up and recover from nagging injuries.