Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar is out promoting the fact that he will be a hidden playable character in the upcoming WWE '12 video game, which is set for a Nov. 22 release.
His chosen method of doing so has been to bring up some old beef with both Undertaker and Stone Cold Steve Austin, two superstars he had issues with during his run with the WWE from 2002 to 2004.
In another interview, this time with IGN, he went back to the well:
"There's a guy that's been on a winning streak for a long time that somebody needs to step up to the plate and finish the winning streak. But then there's another side of me that says if there was a chance for me to come back to fight a guy, it would be the guy that I was supposed to fight that chicken-sh**ted out on me and didn't show up, and that would be 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin. 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin chicken-sh*tted out on me and walked away and didn't want to participate because he thought that I was getting something too fast too soon and he felt threatened by me."
As stated previously, Lesnar previously had heat with Undertaker during his run with WWE almost a decade ago. By most accounts, the two aren't friends now nor would they ever be but if the situation arose, they would likely be open to working a match together.
I imagine 'Taker is still slightly upset at the way Brock left pro wrestling and never quite got his receipt for the multiple times Lesnar went over on him at various pay-per-views.
As for Austin, the two have since made up and been seen conversing at functions in which they were in the same place at the same time. In fact, an interesting thing to note here is that while most of the WWE locker room in 2004 hated the way Lesnar bailed on the business, Austin was a vocal supporter, as he could understand the kind of pressure Brock was under as the lead guy in the company.
He's also attended a few of Lesnar's fights with UFC and whenever interviewed expressed his support for him.
After being alerted to Brock's comments, Austin took to Twitter to respond in a way only he can:
"So @DCBROCKLESNAR was talking trash about me...very interesting. Gonna finish my beverage and mull this one over...catch y'all tomorrow. Trying to go to sleep..but this @DCBROCKLESNAR thing is winding me up a bit...relax....breath...relax...breathe....no use..to be continued.. At a bit of a crossroads here. on one hand go after @DCBROCKLESNAR after his comments..on other hand deer season is very near. #decisions."
The chances of the two coming back to work a program together at some point? It's not likely.
But you never know. If there's anything I've learned as a fan over all these years, it's to never say never.