Stone Cold Steve Austin's career spanned more than two decades in WWE. The Texas Rattlesnake faced some of the best in the business. Despite a glittering resume, there are a number of top-tier talents Austin has never faced inside the squared circle at ECW, WCW, and WWE in his career.
Steve Austin has had many star-studded match-ups with the likes of The Rock, Bret Hart, Triple H, and Shawn Michaels. But there are still a number of superstars we wish we could see him face.
That being said, let's take a look at five superstars that Stone Cold Steve Austin has never faced.
#5 Stone Cold Steve Austin never faced: John Cena
What a match this would have been. The man that defined the Attitude Era against the man that defined the Ruthless Aggression era. Two of the most popular superstars of all-time.
Stone Cold Steve Austin had just retired when John Cena came through the ranks of WWE. They missed crossing paths to be able to face each other in the ring. There was always speculation that Austin may come back for one match, and who knows, it could have been against the leader of the Cenation.
This WrestleMania-main-event worthy match-up would certainly have been a passing-of-the-torch moment.
#4 Stone Cold Steve Austin never faced: Hulk Hogan
Hukamania ran wild for decades in professional wrestling, but never collided against Austin.
There were rumors in the mid 2000's that a match may have been possible, but reported disagreements meant the match never materialized. The main disagreement was reported to be over who would lose the match.
Jim Ross told Alex McCarthy at TalkSport that Austin just didn't feel the match:
"Austin had it in his mind that Hogan’s style and Austin’s style were oil and water. He just didn’t feel the chemistry; Austin was never about having good matches, Austin was about having great matches," Jim Ross disclosed.
If both these megastars had faced each other, it would've blown the roof off the place.
#3 Stone Cold Steve Austin never faced: Randy Orton
Stone Cold Steve Austin managed to avoid being added to Randy Orton's legend-killer list. Yet, we'd have loved to see the two square off in the ring in a match for the ages.
The RKO vs. The Stunner would have been an interesting concept. Sadly, Orton was advancing through the ranks just as Austin had called time on his in-ring career. Similar to Cena, it was too late for the two to collide.
Thankfully, we did see Austin and Orton on-screen together recently for the Broken Skull Podcast on the WWE Network. It was an in-depth interview that ventured through Orton's career with WWE.
#2 Stone Cold Steve Austin never faced: Goldberg
The WWE Hall of Famer and WCW legend has never gone toe-to-toe with Stone Cold Steve Austin. They shared the ring together when Austin refereed Goldberg's match against Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 20 in 2004.
Golberg versus Austin would've been a blockbuster match: The top WWE Superstar against the top WCW Superstar during the Monday Night Wars. Of course, they look similar in appearance and ring attire.
In an interview with Fanatics View in 2019, Goldberg explained why he never faced Austin in WWE:
"His neck was really screwed up, and they didn’t trust me. It was a huge opportunity that they never capitalized on for one reason. They didn’t want to see him lose," Golberg said.
#1 Stone Cold Steve Austin never faced: CM Punk
Now we're talking. This match almost came to fruition. Well, at least we thought so.
Back in 2013, at a WWE 2K panel event, CM Punk and Stone Cold Steve Austin had a heated exchange that got the pro-wrestling world talking about a possible match. Sadly, it didn't happen, but it was a dream match we all wanted to see.
The storyline wrote itself. Both stars are outspoken and anti-authority, which would've led to some incredible promos. CM Punk is straight-edge and Stone Cold Steve Austin is a beer-swilling loose cannon. We can only imagine what hell would have been raised if these two had collided.