Thursday, October 25, 2012

Jim Ross interviews Steve Austin and CM Punk

If there's one way to hype a video game, this is it. The popular "Raw vs Smackdown" video game series is no more, having been replaced with "WWE '13," set to be released soon. Perhaps the most interesting feature to this video game is that it features storylines and characters from WWE's critically acclaimed "Attitude Era." The "Attitude Era" was a stretch of time in the late 1990's when WWE and wrestling as a whole was a pop culture phenom, led by arguably the most popular wrestling star in the history of the sport, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin.

If you're a wrestling fan, then you know why the above video is awesome. For those who don't, the current hot fantasy matchup in the wrestling world is current WWE Champion CM Punk versus Steve Austin. Ever since the infamous "pipe bomb" promo of last summer, Punk has been compared more and more to Austin.

This match is looked at as a past versus present fantasy scenario, akin to The Rock versus Hulk Hogan from 2002 (and what WWE tried to do last year with The Rock versus John Cena). You can click here to read a piece I wrote over at Tricycle Offense about Austin versus Punk as a potential WrestleMania 29 (2013) or 30 (2014) match.

It remains to be seen if that match will happen. If you want the full story, read the Trike post. But, those involved - Austin, Punk, Jim Ross - know the potential for the match. All three men have discussed in interviews if a match could happen. It all hinges on Austin's health. He retired in 2003 due to neck problems. He has said that he could come back for a match, but that all the stars would have to magically align.

According to the rumor and gossip mill, it appears as though this match will not happen at WrestleMania 29. I have read online that WWE has been considering starting a small Punk/Austin program that would not involve a match as a way to advertise "WWE '13," which is all the video is doing. As a sidenote, WWE had nothing to do with that. It was from the creative team for the video game company, although it was mostly ad libbed by the participants.

Hopefully something happens. It looks like some groundwork has been laid. When confronting Bret Hart a few months back, Punk commented that he was better than Hart and "that dumb hillbilly you beat at WrestleMania 13, Steve Austin." Coincidentally, day 316 of CM Punk's current WWE Championship reign occured on a Monday a few weeks ago, so he made a few comments that night about being better than Austin (with the popular "Austin 3:16" catchprase being the reason for that).

Again, hopefully something happens with this. The window of time for Austin to compete in a competitve match is getting smaller, as he is in his late 40's. These two can still talk the talk, there is just a small window available for them to walk the walk.

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