In February of this year, Stone Cold Steve Austin admitted that, given the opportunity, he would pick CM Punk as his opponent should he ever return to the ring for a final time. With Stone Cold having confirmed his presence at WrestleMania XXX this weekend, many fans have become hopeful with rumours speculating that CM Punk might make an appearance as well.
Though several links can be made between the two WWE superstars, there is undeniably little fact to any rumour of the pair facing each other in a match, with most discussion arising from optimistic WWE followers.
Three years ago, Punk and Stone Cold were the subjects of a Twitter feud over, ultimately, who could top who. This war of words first caused fans to realise the massive potential of this dream match, yet nothing has come of it since. The attitudes between the two on Twitter have changed more recently, though, with the Texas Rattlesnake almost sympathising with Punk over his recent WWE departure.
The Straight-Edge Superstar’s recent walk out on the industry brought about memories of Stone Cold doing the same in 2002 after a disagreement about a match with Brock Lesnar.
All of the talk creating comparisons between the two though has come at an interesting time for WWE. Obviously it being the 30th WrestleMania makes it an iconic event, but Steve Austin did not have to return for it.
What is even more interesting is Stone Cold’s prediction that CM Punk will make his return at WrestleMania XXX, saying he thinks it is time for Punk to get back to work.
Could the work be a match against Austin?
It would not be the first time a WWE legend would be facing one of the current big names in WWE, with The Rock being billed against John Cena in a memorable match at WrestleMania XXVIII.
Another parallel with that match is that it was created the night after WrestleMania XXVII, a year before it was actually due to take place.
This suggests if the ultimate fantasy match of Stone Cold against CM Punk were to happen, it is perfectly plausible for it to be sometime in the future.
WWE fans will be hoping they would not have to wait too long though, given that Austin turns 50 at the end of this year.
There was so much hype when Cena faced The Rock at WrestleMania XXXVIII that it unquestionably set a precedent that pitting a legend against a current WWE superstar would be the ideal scenario for not just the fans, but the WWE industry.