UPDATE: As additional clarification, Dave Meltzer has now tweeted:
Each had been pitched. Austin vs. Lesnar was the unique pitch.
A brand new report factors to a correction on who was pitched as an opponent for Stone Chilly Steve Austin at WrestleMania 39.
Fightful initially reported yesterday (January 23) that they’d discovered WWE had made a pitch to Steve Austin for an enormous cash match with Roman Reigns.
Nonetheless, on at this time’s Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer said that Reigns was not the opponent supplied to Austin, however truly, it was Brock Lesnar.
“It was Brock Lesnar. It’s not on. It’s been talked about most likely for months, as a result of I do know when that Brock Lesnar/GUNTHER factor got here up, I used to be advised instantly, ‘That’s not occurring’, or, ‘That’s not the concept proper now’. Perhaps it’s gonna occur now.
“However the thought was one thing that’s a secret. So Austin was that secret. The match just isn’t on and it appears to be like prefer it’s gonna be Lesnar with Lashley based mostly on the present tonight.”
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It’s value stating that Fightful’s report of the Austin vs Reigns pitch did additionally state: “…one other supply indicated that one other ‘huge identify’ was supplied to Austin within the months prior”.
Nonetheless, Meltzer was very particular in saying Austin was NOT supplied a match with Reigns in any respect.
Lesnar returned to Uncooked final evening and value Bobby Lashley his United States Championship match towards Austin Idea, seemingly establishing a Lesnar/Lashley rematch from Crown Jewel, possible for WrestleMania.