New updates to the WrestleMania 38 card, Steve Austin’s role

Mar 8, 2022 - by Marc Middleton

WWE Hall of Famer Steve Austin has been challenged to appear at WrestleMania 38.

We’ve noted how Austin has been rumored to come out of retirement for a match against Kevin Owens at WrestleMania 38. Tonight’s RAW closed with Owens in the ring, continuing his recent promos against the great state of Texas and the people who live there. Owens said he wants to have the biggest, most stupendous edition of The KO Show in history at WrestleMania, but because of where WrestleMania is being held this year, he knows his guest has to be “some lowlife from Texas.”

Owens then took shots at WWE Hall of Famers JBL, Booker T, and Shawn Michaels, noting that Michaels can’t be his guest because as a proud Canadian, it would be sacrilegious and disrespectful to WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart. Owens then began taking shots at another WWE Legend, pointing to his bad knees and how he’s probably somewhere “drinking beer like the redneck he is.” Owens then said nothing would make him happier than to beat the hell out of this person in their home state, give him a Stunner the world would talk about for years, and then pour a glass of milk over his lifeless body. Owens said he knows this person is watching, but he thinks the person doesn’t have the guts to show up. Owens finally named the man – Stone Cold. The Cleveland popped as Owens dropped the mic.

The RAW announcers then flashed a graphic for The KO Show with Owens and his guest, but with a question mark next to Austin’s name. The segment has been announced for Night One of WrestleMania 38, or WrestleMania Saturday. You can see the graphic for The KO Show below, along with footage from Owens’ show-closing segment on RAW.

Austin has not wrestled an actual match since his loss to The Rock at WrestleMania 19 in 2003, but he has made several appearances since then, including some where he delivered the Stunner to a lucky Superstar. He delivered Stunners to Xavier Woods and League of Nations members at WrestleMania 32, to WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon and Shane McMahon at the RAW 25th Anniversary show on January 22, 2018, to AJ Styles during the September 9, 2019 Madison Square Garden RAW, and to Byron Saxton and The Street Profits during the 3:16 Day RAW on March 16, 2020. The Texas Rattlesnake was forced to retire from in-ring competition due to a serious neck injury and multiple knee injuries.

On a related note, WWE has announced a change for the WrestleMania 38 bout for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Titles.

Tonight’s RAW saw Liv Morgan and Rhea Ripley defeat WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Carmella and Queen Zelina Vega in a non-title match. Per the stipulation, Morgan and Ripley have been added to the WrestleMania match to make it a Triple Threat because they picked up the win on RAW. The match will now feature Morgan and Ripley vs. Sasha Banks and Naomi vs. Carmella and Vega. WWE has also confirmed the Triple Threat for Night Two of WrestleMania 38, or WrestleMania Sunday.

WrestleMania 38 will take place on Saturday, April 2 and Sunday, April 3 from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Below is the current announced card, along with shots from the Owens segment on RAW:

Night One: SmackDown Women’s Title Match
Ronda Rousey vs. Charlotte Flair (c)

Night One: RAW Women’s Title Match
Bianca Belair vs. Becky Lynch (c)

Night One Match
Logan Paul and The Miz vs. Rey Mysterio and Dominik Mysterio

Night One Match
Drew McIntyre vs. Happy Baron Corbin

Night One Segment
Kevin Owens hosts The KO Show – will WWE Hall of Famer Steve Austin appear?

Night Two: Winner Takes All Title Unification Match
WWE Champion Brock Lesnar vs. WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns

Night Two: Triple Threat for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Titles
Liv Morgan and Rhea Ripley vs. Naomi and Sasha Banks vs. Carmella and Queen Zelina Vega (c)

Night Two Match
Johnny Knoxville vs. Sami Zayn

Night Two Match
Pat McAfee vs. Austin Theory

WWE Hall of Famer Edge vs. AJ Styles

RUMORED OR EXPECTED MATCHES:

Seth Rollins vs. TBA

WrestleMania Women’s Battle Royal

WWE Intercontinental Title Match
TBA vs. Ricochet (c)

RAW Tag Team Titles Match
TBA vs. Randy Orton and Riddle (c)

SmackDown Tag Team Titles Multi-Team Match
Shinsuke Nakamura and Rick Boogs vs. TBA vs. The Usos (c)

WWE United States Title Match
Damian Priest vs. Finn Balor (c)

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