WrestleMania’s 5 greatest rematches

“Stone Cold” Steve Austin vs. The Rock (WrestleMania XIX)

By 2003, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and The Rock were no strangers to colliding at The Showcase of the Immortals, having clashed for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania XV and WrestleMania X-Seven, but it was the icons’ non-title bout at WrestleMania XIX that would be remembered as the exclamation point on one of the most personal rivalries in the history of the squared-circle.

Following success in Hollywood, The Rock returned to WWE consumed by the fact that he had never defeated The Texas Rattlesnake at WrestleMania. Following weeks of mind games — including lyrically victimizing Austin in the first-ever “Rock Concert” — The Great One would have his opportunity for WrestleMania retribution on March 30, 2003, at Seattle’s Safeco Field. Although no title was on the line this time around, the stakes could not have been higher.

Once in the ring, both iconic Superstars waged psychological warfare as they pummeled another with their opponent’s own arsenal — for example, The Rock nailed Austin with a “Stone Cold” Stunner while wearing the six-time WWE Champion’s iconic leather vest. In the end, The Brahma Bull scored a pinfall victory after punishing Austin with no less than three Rock Bottoms.

As exhilarating as it was to witness The Rock and Austin square off for a third time on The Grandest Stage of Them All, this bout would be remembered as Austin’s final WWE match. The Texas Rattlesnake might not have left WrestleMania XIX with the victory, but in the minds of the WWE Universe, he walked away from the ring on top. (MORE ON AUSTIN | MORE ON THE ROCK)