Stone Cold Steve Austin is one of the greatest wrestler to ever step foot in the ring, he has achieved almost everything in WWE. He has fan following all over the globe. Steve Austin wrestled at WrestleMania 38 against Kevin Owens, and it was widely anticipated that Stone Cold could also wrestle at WrestleMania 39, but it did not happen.
Stone Cold while speaking with Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated explained why he turned down the WrestleMania 39 match
I haven’t spoken to this, but I’ll give you the story. I met with some people from WWE. We talked about the possibility of me wrestling at WrestleMania 39. The biggest thing in my mind was the presentation and what kind of match it was going to be. Going back to 38, the way the KO thing was presented—I love KO—I turned that down three, four, five times until the creative finally came to what it ended up being. I didn’t want it constructed as a real match, per se. I needed something that could turn into one, and it did, but I think that’s why we got away with it. The Dallas crowd was very receptive. I hadn’t been around, so the timing was right.
“But to do a proper match, I’d have to be in off-the-charts shape. I told them, and this is the exact truth, I said, ‘Guys, I’m just fixin’ to go into production on this show, Stone Cold Takes on America, and until we start production, I don’t know what my life looks like. I can’t commit.”