Oh, this flirtation is so maddeningly intriguing.
CM Punk has made no secret of the fact that he wishes to have a match with pro wrestling legend Stone Cold Steve Austin, particularly at WrestleMania 29 next year in New Jersey. In fact, the two were exchanging tweets just days ago to that effect.
Now, in a recent Q&A with his Twitter followers, Austin was asked once again whether he would be willing to come back and have a match with Punk. His response:
"Would I? Maybe. If all the stars lined up and everything was good for him, good for me, good for WWE. I'd like to imagine it wouldn't take me over 30-35 minutes to whoop his ass. That's all I got to say about that, thanks for the question. And don't you go piping in CM Punk ... because you're a punk."
Austin has a smart mind for the business and knows he's in a solid position here. If Vince McMahon wants to bring him back for WrestleMania 29 next year, he will have to come with the right offer. And considering the fact that The Rock made his return for a match this year and made a ton of money doing it, I imagine it won't be cheap to get "The Rattlesnake" to dust off his tights.
That's not the only consideration, of course. Austin also understands he needs to come back to the right feud with the right guy in the right place and at the right time to make it all work. That's a tall order, all things considered, but could be worth it if it means one more big money match from quite possibly the most popular WWE superstar of all time.
Time is running out to make this happen. Stone Cold will be 48-years-old by the time WrestleMania 29 rolls around next year. If he's going to get one last match out of those tired bones, it needs to happen soon.
After the jump, check out the complete video of Austin's Q&A, which includes a fascinating story of him recounting the biggest blown spot of his career, which happened against Triple H.