NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 23: Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker battle it out at the WWE SummerSlam 2015 at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on August 23, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images)
Brock Lesnar returns to Raw last night to kick off his road to WrestleMania 32. His road will be pivotal to the record-breaking potential of a shaky lineup that, not too long ago, seemed like a slam dunk.
John Cena and Seth Rollins have been all but ruled out of WrestleMania while Randy Orton could be a photo finish. With so many injuries to WWE’s biggest in-house stars, there is suddenly more pressure on part-time attractions like Lesnar. Lesnar has wrestled at or near the main event in each of the last three WrestleManias. Each of these events saw unprecedented success in their region, breaking personal attendance and revenue records.
With so many big names in danger of missing WrestleMania, WWE will have to work even harder in finding a high-profile opponent for the beast, one who will make up for the lost star power currently plaguing the annual spectacular.
This one is a long shot, and I mean a really long shot. I’m talking a shot so long, Steph Curry would only hit the front of the rim. Okay, fine, he’d probably sink that shot but only because he’s Steph Curry, and Steph Curry has never missed a shot in his entire life.
Austin doesn’t seem to miss wrestling. He hasn’t wrestled a match since quietly stepping away from the ring following WrestleMania 19, and he routinely dismisses return rumors with the same vitriol as a verse from Eminem.
With serious neck issues contributing to his unofficial retirement, Austin has done well in his post-wrestling career. He currently hosts a popular podcast that occasionally appears on the WWE Network. But it was on that very podcast that Austin playfully teased a match against Lesnar during an appearance by Paul Heyman.
The sheer unlikelihood of these two locking horns for the first time ever makes it a potentially earth-shattering match. And with WWE’s biggest full-time star on the shelf, Austin-Lesnar in Texas will do more than pick up the slack—it will carry the entire card.