WWE Hall of Famer Stone Cold Steve Austin Calls CM Punk Delusional for His Bold Claims

Published 02/14/2021, 9:25 AM EST
HOUSTON – APRIL 05: Stone Cold Steve Austin salutes the crowd one last time at “WrestleMania 25” at the Reliant Stadium on April 5, 2009 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/WireImage)


CM Punk vs Stone Cold Steve Austin is one of those matches we wish happened before both men left the WWE. Despite belonging to different eras, Punk and Austin crossed paths frequently.

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In 2012, Punk and Austin teased the dream match, raising fans’ hopes before it all came crashing down. Fast forward to 2021, and both men are having a merry laugh at each other’s expense.

Stone Cold Steve Austin responds to CM Punk

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In 2012, Jim Ross interviewed Punk and Austin for the launch of the WWE ’13 video game. JR asked both men how they’d fair in the other’s generation, which received egotistical answers from both men.

Punk claimed Austin would simply exist in the current era of wrestling and not be successful. Moreover, he claimed he would be at the top of the food chain in the Attitude Era as well.

Austin believed that he’d thrive in the current era, amongst superstars like John Cena, Randy Orton, Sheamus and of course, CM Punk. He also thought that Punk would do well in the Attitude Era. JR then lobbied the most exciting question: Who would win a match between Punk and Austin?

On Twitter, a fan reminded Punk about the interview and JR’s question. Punk responded to the fan saying, “Would’ve been short. GTS, 1 2 3.” Austin fired back at Punk with a contrasting image.

“You did say that. Damn. Complete delusion. I had us at a 60 minute time limit match at the Rosemont Horizon. Right there in Chicago. Chi Town. The Windy City. Helluva match. Caught you with a Stunner at 59:56. You did not kick out.”

How would the dream match actually go down?

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The scenarios laid out by both men are entirely possible. Punk can pull off a shock upset against Austin quickly, while Austin can take Punk to hell and back, wrestling for nearly an hour before being put away by a stunner.

A likely scenario is Punk and Austin putting on a brilliant thirty-minute brawl, a perfect fusion of technical wrestling and brawling. The clash of styles would lead to the perfect match, harkening back to Austin’s wars with Bret Hart.

CM Punk vs Stone Cold Steve Austin would be very similar to Bret vs Austin, which is one of the best matches of all time. I’m sure if we got Punk vs Austin, it would’ve surpassed Austin vs Hart.

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Nathan Fulgado

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Nathan Fulgado is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Having published close to 1000 professional wrestling articles, Nathan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier's College. He has previously worked at Free Press Journal as a local journalist.

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