“Stone Cold” Steve Austin made his return to the ring for the first time in 19 years at WrestleMania 38 and defeated Kevin Owens in the main event of night one.
The WrestleMania 38 main event special edition of The KO Show began with Kevin Owens continuing to insult Texas and saying that Steve Austin would do nothing about it. The glass shatter sound would interrupt to signal the arrival of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, who arrived to a massive ovation from the Dallas crowd. Austin would then retreat back through the curtain and would re-emerge on an ATV.
Following some back and forth on the microphone by both Owens and Austin, KO revealed his real plan. The intention of bringing Steve Austin to WrestleMania was that Owens wanted to face The Texas Rattlesnake in a match, which would be the first since Austin’s retirement match at WrestleMania 19. Owens then revealed that he wanted a No Holds Barred match against the WWE Hall of Famer, to which Austin accepted. A referee rang to the ring, the bell rang and the match was made official.
The match quickly made its way to the outside area of the ring, with Austin beating up Owens all around the ringside area, much to the delight of the WWE Universe. Owens would then take control by slamming Austin into the ring post. Austin would then counter Owen’s attempt of using a table by driving The Canadian into the wood. The pair would then fight into the crowd of AT&T Stadium, with Owens suplexing Austin onto the concrete.
At one point it looked like Kevin Owens may have had the match won, as he hit “Stone Cold” with his own finishing move the stunner. Austin would kick out at 2 though, keeping the match going. Owens would attempt to hit Austin with a chair, but would miss and hit himself in the head with the steel chair, enabling Austin to hit the stunner to pick up the victory.
The reason why Austin accepted the challenge is due to Kevin Owens’ repeated insults on the state of Texas, which was the host state of WrestleMania 38. During the KO Show before the return match, Austin stated that his first ever match was in Dallas and that he wanted the final match to take place in Dallas, Texas.
After the match, Austin celebrated with multiple beers in front of his hometown crowd. Kevin Owens would make his way to his feet, but would fall to another stunner, as was escorted out of the stadium by Texas police officers.
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