At the end of Monday Night Raw, Owens said Austin was his preferred choice of guest on the KO Show at WrestleMania 38.
And Austin was happy to accept, prompting a long-anticipated return to the ring.
“19 years ago, I wrestled my last match in a WWE ring,” says Austin. “After three rock bottoms, one, two, three, I lost the match. And for 19 years, I’ve had to live with that defeat, knowing my time was up.”
— WWE (@WWE) March 8, 2022
Austin continues: “Kevin Owens, I want to thank you. I want to thank you for waking something up deep inside me that I’ve kept buried for 19 years.”
The infamous Austin didn’t hold back in his video, readying himself for the duo’s match-up.
“Whether you want to call this a KO show, a match, a fight, a brawl, whatever, I will guarantee you this,” he says in the video. “In Dallas, Texas where I started my career at WrestleMania, ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin is going to open up one last can of whoop ass on you, Kevin Owens. And that’s the bottom line, because ‘Stone Cold’ said so.”
WrestleMania 38 will take place across two nights on April 2-3.