WWE Rumor Roundup – 7-Time Champion Picked as Steve Austin’s Opponent, AEW Signing Two Former Stars After Cody Rhodes Exit (February 18, 2022)

It’s time to take a look at the biggest rumors circulating in WWE in today’s edition of the roundup.

Stone Cold Steve Austin’s return is arguably the most exciting story developing behind the scenes, and we have more details on The Texas Rattlesnake’s long-awaited return.

A seasoned employee was recently made redundant after spending 29 successful years with the company. The reason for the sudden release was also covered in the rumor roundup.

Amid Cody Rhodes’ return to WWE which may be in the works, reports suggest that AEW could soon make two big signings, and interestingly enough, the two previously worked for Vince McMahon. On that note, here’s the latest roundup of rumors:

#1. Details on the return of Steve Austin, possible opponent of WrestleMania 38

The 19-year wait to see Steve Austin wrestle again may soon come to an end as rumors of his return grow with each passing day.

In the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer reported that all roads lead to Stone Cold coming out of retirement for a WrestleMania match.

Vince McMahon finally convinced Steve Austin to wrestle, and money may have played a big part in making that happen. As reported extensively over the past few days, Kevin Owens has been chosen as Austin’s opponent for WrestleMania 38.

KO is the perfect wrestler for Austin’s first match in years, as the seven-time champion is considered a safe and efficient worker in the ring. Additionally, it was stated that Owens could afford to suffer a Hall of Fame defeat.

“Steve Austin appears to be coming out of retirement to face Kevin Owens at WrestleMania this year. As to why now there is a lot more money available for these types of games and Owens is someone who can work a good game and lose. Austin was always going to be part of the show in one form or another,’ Meltzer wrote.

Steve Austin vs. Kevin Owens could be one of the showpiece matches at WrestleMania 38, and we can’t wait for WWE to start preparing for the showdown.

#2. The reason why Carlos Cabrera was released

WWE recently released legendary Spanish commentator Carlos Cabrera after a 29-year stint with the company.

Lucha Libre Online first reported the shocking news of his departure, and Dave Meltzer went on to state that Cabrera was fired for age-related reasons.

Cabrera served as WWE’s main Spanish language announcer for several years, and the promotion now wants a younger person to fill the position.

“It was an age-related decision as they were looking for someone younger for the job,” reported Dave Meltzer.

Carlos Cabrera joined Vince McMahon’s organization in 1993 and became an iconic voice in professional wrestling, having called 25 WrestleMania events and many other memorable shows during his career.

Spanish-speaking wrestling fans saw Cabrera as a Jim Ross-like figure, and the WWE faithful will no doubt miss him.

#3. Two more former WWE stars set to join AEW

Cody Rhodes’ departure may not have much of an impact on Tony Khan’s operations as the AEW President is expected to pursue big name signings.

It was revealed in the Newsletter that Shane Strickland (fka Isaiah “Swerve” Scott) and Jeff Hardy will soon be joining the AEW roster.

Tony Khan is focused on bolstering the AEW roster with top talent, and Keith Lee’s recent debut was a great example of that strategy.

“Khan also talked about signing more new talent, with Keith Lee signed and Shane Strickland and Jeff Hardy both expected to arrive at some point, and other former WWE names were discussed, such as Buddy Matthews,” said Meltzer said.

AEW received a major blow with the release of Cody Rhodes. As a result, the contract statuses of several other wrestlers have come under scrutiny in recent days.

While Cody Rhodes is widely rumored to return to WWE and get a massive push, Tony Khan and his team are looking to target every hot free agent in the market.

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