He’s kind of an authority in the sport. There are very few stars in wrestling on Steve Austin’s level. He reached a point in wrestling that no one had ever reached before and no one likely will again. Austin is likely the person a lot of people think of when they think of a wrestler and as a result, his take on things still means something. That will be the case again as Austin has said something interesting.

On Saturday, Austin posted a video of the Rock taking a Stunner and offered a lot of praise for the Rock’s selling. A fan responded to the Tweet, saying that he did not like the way Austin used the word selling as it emphasizing that kayfabe is dead. Austin responded later in the day, saying that it was 2020 and people realize what is going on. Austin most recently appeared in person on Monday Night Raw at Raw Reunion.

Austin and Rock have gone at it before. Check out one of their forgotten classics:

"Stone Cold" Steve Austin vs. The Rock - WWE Championship Match: Backlash 1999

"Stone Cold" Steve Austin vs. The Rock - WWE Championship Match: Backlash 1999

Opinion: I’m of two minds on this. First of all, Austin is absolutely right in that everyone (at least adults) know what is going on. That hasn’t been a secret for a long time. At the same time though, it feels a bit wrong to see wrestlers who used to defend kayfabe so strongly acknowledge that it is dead. It’s far different for a retired wrestler, but it still doesn’t sound right.

What do you think of kayfabe still being protected? How protected can it be today? Let us know in the comments below.

Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his Amazon author page with 28 wrestling books. His latest book is the History Of In Your House.

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