posted on Apr, 29 2003 @ 01:49 AM
Credit goes to 1wrestling.com
In an interview on www.WWE.com discussing his new on air role as Co-General Manager on Raw with Eric Bischoff, Steve Austin disclosed he is done as an
"In this business, I've learned never say never....But I would say probably 99.9 percent out of 100 that you'll never see Rock and Stone Cold in the
ring again....."I'm not wrestling anymore. That was my last match."
Austin cited his long-time neck problems as the reason for the retirement. He noted he had several MRIs prior to Wrestlemania, but didn't discuss them
because "I'm Stone Cold Steve Austin." Those problems were actually the primary reason he walked out of WWE last year.
"I've got some serious problems in my neck. It's too long and too complicated to discuss. But a lot of the reasons I walked out of this company seven
or eight months ago were things I didn't want to talk about at the time because we had WrestleMania coming up. The biggest reason I walked away was
because my health is going downhill so badly, and I can't compete at an acceptable level to me, and at a risk factor that's high enough to me.
Everything I do in that ring is very dangerous and makes me go even further downhill. It's potentially something where I could end up being a
quadriplegic. That was the biggest reason I walked out. The creative and the political issues were just icing on the cake -- the straw that broke the
Austin said that while he will not rule out the possibility of a match down the line, as of right now, the condition of his neck isn't going to allow
that and he doesn't want to work below the level of what is expected of him.
"I refuse to go out there anymore, perform at a substandard level and have people judge me on what I'm putting out right now. I had a hell of a run.
I'm completely satisfied with it." Austin told the WWE website.
Austin also discusses his new role and his thoughts on the final match with The Rock at Wrestlemania XIX in Seattle, calling it an "emotional" match.