I'm told WWE has "given up" on trying to get Steve Austin to work a dream match at Wrestlemania 29 next year. The match would be Austin vs. CM Punk and I'm told Austin was willing to put Punk over so the finish isn't the issue. My source says Austin and WWE are "just too far apart on money." While Austin is willing to work one more match, he's only willing to come back for what he considers to be the main event match with main event money.
From WWE's perspective, they aren't going to spend severn figures on Austin for one match, which is what he wants. The fact that Brock Lesnar and The Rock are already working Wrestlemania under big money deals, there is no urgency to overpay for Austin's services.
From Austin's perspective, he's not desperate to return and unless the spot he's being offered is the type of spot that's going to pay him seven figures, he'd rather keep sitting out. Just to illustrate how far apart they are on money, Austin would be looking for approximately $1.5 million as a one night payoff, whereas WWE probably wouldn't go much higher than $500,000. So it's not even close.
As things stand right now, Steve Austin vs. CM Punk at Wrestlemania 29 is very unlikely unless one side completely caves. Those close to Austin say he's not going to budge on the money, so as far as WWE is concerned, it's no longer an option for next year's show.