WWE Raw: Stone Cold Steve Austin makes dramatic return to clash with AJ Styles

Matty Paddock

Wrestling icon Stone Cold Steve Austin returned to WWE on Monday night, with Raw airing from Madison Square Garden.

New York’s MSG is the heralded as the world’s most famous arena and, in wrestling circles, is the pinnacle of venues for most performers and fans.

For their first Raw there in several years, WWE sought fit to bring the Texas Rattlesnake back into the squared circle for a memorable cameo.

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The 54-year-old has long since retired from active competition, having not wrestled since a Wrestlemania bout with Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson in 2003.

Stone Cold remains one of the most popular figures in the company’s history, however, and was drafted in on Monday Night for a contract signing for WWE’s upcoming Universal Championship bout.

Austin waits for AJ Styles (WWE)
Austin waits for AJ Styles (WWE)

Champion Seth Rollins defends the gold against, ironically, his tag team championship partner, Braun Strowman, at Clash of Champions on Sunday Night.

Austin, a multi-time world champion, kicked off Raw to a thunderous reception, and recounted some memorable moments of his own before getting down to business.

Austin was on hand for the universal championship match contract signing (WWE )
Austin was on hand for the universal championship match contract signing (WWE )

He successfully mediated the signing of the contract, and all appeared to be going swimmingly, until Rollins and Strowman were lynched by The OC – AJ Styles, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson.

Styles looked to have left Rollins laying, only to turn and walk straight into Austin’s trademark Stone Cold Stunner.

AJ Styles was left laying after a stone cold stunner (WWE)
AJ Styles was left laying after a stone cold stunner (WWE)

Austin would also close out the show later on, celebrating in the ring after Rollins, Strowman, Cedric Alexander and The Viking Experience defeated The OC, Dolph Ziggler and Bobby Roode in a ten-man tag-team match.

Elsewhere on Raw, Baron Corbin advanced to Sunday’s Final of the King of the Ring, having overcome Samoa Joe and Ricochet in a triple-threat match.

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