WWE Hall of Famer Stone Cold Steve Austin made his return to the Madison Square Garden arena in New York, the place which he believes is the backyard of WWE and has been an arena filled with landmarks for the wrestler. From defeating Bret 'The Hitman' Hart to delivering a stunner to WWE Chairman Vince McMahon, the Texas Rattlesnake has done it all at the MSG. Stone Cold Steve Austin returned to Monday night RAW to oversee the contract signing between Universal Champion Seth Rollins and one half of the tag-team champion, 'The Monster Among Men' Braun Strowman for the Universal Championship title at the Clash of Champions pay-per-view. As the contract was signed, the trio were interrupted by none other than the O.C team led by United States Champion AJ Styles.
If there is anyone in the WWE industry whom a wrestler should never provoke or turn his back on, it is Steve Austin. AJ Styles not just disrespected the WWE Hall of Famer but he also booed and shouted at the crowds who were echoing Austin's famous 'What'. Besides, AJ Styles along with Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson had disrupted the contract signing between Rollins and Strowman in the previous week as well. This time, the tag team champions took the show to the OC and Styles. Strowman dealt with Anderson and Gallows while Seth Rollins attempted to burn it down by stomping AJ Styles. An alert Styles managed to pull out of the way and sent Rollins out of the ring. The United States champion then turned his back on Stone Cold, jeering at Rollins only to turn around to find himself stunned by Austin. Stone Cold pulled the trademark stunner on AJ Styles following it up with his celebration. Here's the video of the stunner:
The two megastars had clashed at the grandest stage of them all in 2001 where The Rock had defended his World Wrestling Federation (WWF) Championship against Austin which he went on to lose. This was their second match at Wrestlemania. Their first interaction happened at Wrestlemania XV which the 'Texas Rattlesnake' had won as well. However, the difference between these two matches is that Steve was an already established superstar in 1999 while the 'Most Electrifying Man On the Planet' was still an emerging talent. Another important thing about their build-up to the 17th edition of Wrestlemania is that Austin was a heel while The Rock was a hero. So was the pro-wrestler-turned-actor convinced with this storyline? The answer is 'Yes' as Stone Cold himself has cleared the air on a talk show. The former wrestler said that Rock was cool with the storyline and at the same time also shared a mutual admiration for his fierce rival by saying that the Texas Rattlesnake brought out the best in The Rock and even 'The People's Champion' always brought out the best in Austin. Nonetheless, after suffering two losses against his old foe at the wrestling industry's showpiece event, 'The Brahma Bull' would get his revenge on Steve a couple of years later at Wrestlemania XIX which was also Austin's final in-ring appearance.