In an interview with Jon Robinson of ESPN, CM Punk talked about the possibility of facing the in-ring return of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin at the pay-per-view. The WWE Champion, however, denied reports and noted that he will not be returning to the ring because The Rock will be headlining the show.
“I would rather see Austin/Punk, too. I would love to poll everybody who is going to order Wrestlemania and ask them, what would you rather see: Would you rather see Cena/Rock or Stone Cold/CM Punk? I’m biased, obviously, but I think we’d have a landslide victory. It’s up to Steve, really, but he’s certainly not going to do it this year. Honestly, if Steve Austin comes back to wrestling, he should be the main event of Wrestlemania, but he can’t right now, because Dwayne is,” Punk said.
Punk, who has criticized The Rock in the past couple of weeks, took another shot at him in the interview. “I think Dwayne would get a little bit hurt if Steve took his Mania spot, but then at least Dwayne would understand how the rest of us feel. So I know that’s not going to happen this year, but I would love for it to happen next year. I don’t want to say it’s a goal of mine, but it’s definitely something that would be challenging and fun to do. I think Austin was the best worker for many, many, many, many, many years, and that’s even pre-Stone Cold. “Stunning” Steve Austin was amazing.”