Stone Cold being at WrestleMania 39 has been rumored for as long as similar talks of his old rival, The Rock, being a part of the same event, have gone on.
The Texas Rattlesnake also fueled the rumors when he posted videos of himself looking a lot more like his old jacked self last year. And, as it turns out, there might be some truth to the words that have been going around lately.
Apparently, the WWE had pitched several ideas to Austin already, including matches against LA Knight and Brock Lesnar. In particular, the latter was more recent, with Sports Illustrated saying that a potential Stone Cold vs Brock Lesnar match-up was the reason why the WWE moved the seismic showdown between Brock Lesnar and Bobbly Lashley to this year's Elimination Chamber - not at WrestleMania 39.
WrestlingInc also claims that the 58-year-old WWE Hall of Famer declined a match against Roman Reigns, but it's unclear if this was scheduled for WrestleMania 39.
Now, WWE Hall of Famer, Jim Ross, who's currently signed with the AEW as a commentator, is saying that Stone Cold could still join WrestleMania 39. In his Grilling JR podcast, Ross explained it very simply, saying that the WWE hasn't "come up with the right idea that makes him happy."
Ross added that if the WWE and Austin agreed on a WrestleMania 39, it would be a segment and not a match.
The cancelled match against Lesnar is definitely the most interesting part of the recent reports. Stone Cold was reportedly set to face off against Lesnar in 2002 before he walked away from the WWE. A year later, Stone Cold would officially retire from in-ring action due to injuries, robbing fans of what could've been an earth-shattering feud.
Now, the WWE is making a similar mistake by not offering Stone Cold either enough or not coming up with a creative idea in time. To make matters worse, Lesnar vs Omos lacks the magnitude that Lesnar, a former WWE and universal champion, deserves.
If it's any consolation, Lashley's expected bout against Bray Wyatt at WrestleMania 39 could prove to be quite entertaining.