It was a wild and memorable WrestleMania 38.
And the first night especially, it ended in the biggest, and best, possible way.
It was a long night of action at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, WrestleMania 38 was headlined not by a match but by an episode of “The KO Show.” That’s because ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin was the special guest, and even 19 years after his first “last” match, he’s always main event worthy.
For one final time, Stone Cold wrestled a match. A “No Holds Barred” match, to be exact. After weeks of being taunted by Kevin Owens, Austin finally answered the call.
Back and forth the match went.
Owens rallied, and found the opening to land his version of the Stunner on Stone Cold. Austin kicked out at the last second and Owens grabbed a chair. Owens attempted to hit Austin’s head — but Austin ducked, the chair bounced off the ropes and it hit himself instead. With Owens rattled, Austin landed his own Stunner to perfection and earned the win and a victory celebration complete with more beer.
Austin then proceeded to give a Stunner to commentator Byron Saxton and celebrated with his brother to close out WrestleMania Saturday
The following night, Austin returned yet again to deliver three more stunners… one of which is most definitely one of the worst of all-time. But it’s Vince McMahon, so we’ll give it a pass.
Following the Pat McAfee/Austin Theory match, McMahon, almost 77 years old, Austin’s music hit and “Stone Cold” marched to the ring to get in McMahon’s face. Theory tried to jump Austin, only to eat a series of right hands and a stunner. That left Austin and McMahon alone in the ring together in a callback to an era-defining rivalry considered by many to be the greatest in professional wrestling history. Austin shared a beer toast before a kick to the gut and, after much trouble catching McMahon, who had completely lost his balance, a stunner. Like we said, it was not the best stunner. After sharing a beer with McAfee, Austin blasted McAfee with a stunner as well.
WrestleMania 38 was one of the best in years, and it will forever be highlighted by ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin.