Steve Austin’s final match at WrestleMania 19 against The Rock stunned the wrestling world. Austin returned in 2003, just a year after walking out due to disagreements with WWE management.
8. Austin refused to allow WWE to promote the match as his final one.
Why WWE failed to promote Steve Austin’s final match before the event is one of the most perplexing aspects of the game.
7. In His Return, He Has His First Serious Match
When Steve Austin returned to WWE in 2003 after a nine-month hiatus, fans were ecstatic. Austin was fed up with his creative team and didn’t want to put Brock Lesnar in an unannounced Raw match.
6. In His Comeback, He Has His First Serious Match
When Steve Austin returned in 2003 after a nine-month hiatus, WWE fans were ecstatic. Austin was fed up with his creative team and didn’t want Brock Lesnar to face him in an unannounced Raw match.
5. The Rock’s character is shattered after a painful.
In 2003, WWE turned The Rock heel for his comeback, knowing that it would culminate in massive matches with Steve Austin and Goldberg as faces. The infamous run of Hollywood Rock for arguably the most compelling character of Rock’s legendary career began here.
4. As work proceeds, a fan poll was conducted.
For Steve Austin’s final match against The Rock. A fan vote was mentioned in the original story. During WWE’s Raw 10th-anniversary special, fans voted on significant awards.
3. To beat him, the Rock needed three rock bottoms.
WrestleMania 19 was Steve Austin and The Rock’s final match against each other, and they didn’t want to leave anything on the table. To add to the classic game, both men kicked out of each other’s finishers or even executed each other’s moves in the ring.
2. Vince thought Kurt Angle vs. Brock Lesnar was a better main event matchup.
WrestleMania 19’s card order was a hot topic leading up to the event, with multiple matches vying for the main event. Brock Lesnar vs. Kurt Angle, The Rock vs. Steve Austin, and Hulk Hogan vs. HulkHogan vs. Vince McMahon all had arguments for closing the show.
1. Austin wished to be defeated.
Steve Austin’s old school belief was that someone leaving the territory should conduct business on the way out. WWE wanted Rock to have momentum heading into his next match against Goldberg, making his professional debut. Austin’s demise added to the allure of Hollywood rock and paved the way for his next show.