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Steve Austin addressed his awkward interview with Jon Moxley in August of 2016. During the interview Austin suggested that Moxley, who was then the WWE Champion as Dean Ambrose, was resting on his laurels and felt that he needed to find his edge. 

Austin discussed the interview while speaking with AEWPresident Tony Khan on the latest edition of The Steve Austin Show.

“For whatever reason, we got off on the wrong track,” Austin admitted. “It was a rough podcast. I have been carrying around 1,000 pounds on my back ever since that happened. I felt so bad about that interview and I was leading the interview. I take the fault of it because I’m there to get people over and make them come off like a million bucks. We just came off on the wrong street and just kept taking left turns and never got back on track, well we never were on track. He had his reasons and I had mine.”

Moxley recently said that while he “f–king loves Steve”, he would have “hung up” on Austin if it were a regular interview. Austin said that he would hear people saying that his podcast got cancelled because of it.

“For all this time I felt like s–t about that interview,” Austin said. “People said the Stone Cold Podcast got canceled because of how bad that interview was. No. I’d fulfilled my commitment, that was why the podcast stopped.”

Austin said that there were rumors of him having heat with Moxley following the interview. Austin noted that Moxley’s fans were “crapping all over” him, while his own fans were taking Austin’s side. Austin said that he thinks about that interview almost every day and eventually got Moxley’s phone number through a mutual friend.

“We had the best 30 minute conversation,” Austin said of his call with Moxley. “There was never any animosity towards us, I didn’t know how he felt about me and I thought he might hate my guts.”

Austin noted that there are just times when things don’t click, and gave an example of having a really bad match with Sting one night. Austin said that he is back on the same page with Moxley, and that he’s a “huge Jon Moxleyfan.” Austin also revealed that Moxley will appear on a future episode of his podcast.

“We got back on the same page, he never hated my guts,” Austin said. “I think he’s going to come down to Los Angeles whenever he wants to and we’re going to do the podcast together.

“This has haunted me for so damn long. People just think that I’m this guy and there’s this Darth Vader forcefield around me where I don’t feel things. I do. When I’ve not made someone look the way they’re supposed to look, that haunts me. So now that we’re back on the same page, I’m looking forward to talking to Jon Moxley.”

Austin discussed Moxley’s debut at Double Or Nothing and said that he looked like he took a gigantic breath of fresh air and came back to life as a performer. Austin said that he popped for Moxley’s appearance and could see that he was having the time of his life. Tony Khan agreed, and credited producer Keith Mitchell for catching the moment.

“That was one of the great moments I think, and what an incredible way to end an incredible pay per view,” Khan told Austin. “It was unbelievable. What was cool, is Keith Mitchell, who had shot all these cool moments with WCW and working with a budget in a big arena and a big crew and some super-talented wrestlers and he’s had some of these pieces since, but he hasn’t had this type of combination in a long time but things were really clicking at the right time in WCW with that type of emotion. For him to be able to shoot something like this, I mean that was absolutely a nuclear, white-hot incredible moment and when Mox came out he was unleashed as a performer.”

Celebrating their 400th episode in a major way, The Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling welcomes WWE Hall of Famer and founding member of the Four Horseman, “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson. In one of his only interviews since departing the WWE in March, Double A takes to the airwaves to give Chad and John the lowdown on his post WWE career and what may be next for what could be the final chapter in his 37 year career. The full episode can be downloaded at this link.

The impact of AEW’s Double or Nothing:

“I was in Vegas. I was there. I was in the green room when the AEW guys were all in there talking about this and that and the other and you could just see the excitement on these kids faces and you could see the leadership roles taken up by Cody Rhodes. Cody was just a kid and I’ve known Cody since before he was born and to see him in that role and in this company which does remind me of JCP (Jim Crockett Promotions) from back in the day because everyone is so excited to go out and perform for the audience. If you don’t feel good about what is going on with AEW and the impact it has had on the business you are a fool and that’s it.”

The vibe of the environment:

“I wasn’t at the show. I was there doing some signings and I did a stage show that I did with Tony Schiavone (which was absolutely awesome) and I didn’t go to the show because I didn’t want anybody coming up because make no mistake about it, I do not work for AEW, we haven’t had that discussion as of yet and not to say I wouldn’t be honored somewhere down the road to be offered a position with those guys, we just haven’t had that conversation because quite frankly, I am legally bound to a non-disclosure agreement and for a few more months I am going to be still on a severance package. I can’t talk to anybody about anything as far as going forward but with that being said I was so excited for them that I might as well have been working for them because I was pulling for them every step of the way and they paid it off.”

Does Cody remind him of Dusty at all:

“I think he is easy to be around as was Dusty. Dusty Rhodes was a huge star and to this day I am star-struck even thinking about him much less being in his presence and I think Cody has star quality, I think he has quality of the heart and that he has matured and he is going to take those things that his Dad taught him before he passed and they are going to become something meaningful now whereas they were just words at the time. I think he is going to go back re-think about the life lessons that he got from his Dad and from his older brother to be honest with you.

“Dustin Rhodes is very mature in this business and he is a very smart man and he came up in a rough way and let me put it to you this way; when you are Dusty Rhodes’ kid it is a horrible shadow to step in to, number two you’ve already got heat because your Dad is the booker and people think you are getting a free ride. Well, he didn’t get a free ride the kid earned his way along and he became really good and it is going to pay off for him and it is going to pay off for Cody but do I think that either one of them want to be their Dad or want to be like their Dad? Not necessarily. They both want to be their own men and they are being their own men and I am proud of both of them.”

Cody using Dusty’s “view never changes” promo following his match at Double or Nothing:

“Awesome. That was special. The people remember and you can go back to it if you do it in a tasteful way whether it is being negative or positive and addressing something that someone said, a promo that stuck through time and to go back to that people will know exactly what you are talking about and those that ask, somebody will be glad to tell them and I think that’s the part of the industry that has been missing the last ten or fifth teen years for sure the last five and it is building something that lasts. 

“Other than putting television on the air because you are financially obligated to a network and they are paying you a lot of money, put something out there that people would rather remember and put something out there where they are going to feel something about one way or the other and that is going to have a memory that lasts for twenty years.”

Toes are being screwed into executives’ shoes so tightly in Stamford, CT right now that they’re in danger of boring a hole right through dozens of pairs of designer brogues. The news that AEW’s All Out became Sold Out in double-quick time is further manure on a complete pile of a week for the company, which began with a record low rating for flagship show WWE Raw outside of holiday season.

The inversely proportional factors of a failing product propped up by ethics-free trips to Saudi Arabia against a vibrant, super-hot independent utopia is creating all sorts of internal misery for McMahon and co. WWE were caught cold when Jon Moxley pulled the wool over their eyes by alighting in AEW at Double or Nothing, and a slew of talent is said to be eager to follow their ex-colleague out of the exit door.

Speaking on Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer said that the volume of those under contract at WWE who have contacted AEW is “mind-blowing”, adding that Vince did not see this coming.

Not everybody wants out – Meltzer noted Roman Reigns as an obvious exception – but AEW’s “insane momentum” has supposedly turned far more heads than WWE are comfortable with.

“WWE didn’t expect this […] to keep growing,” said the veteran journalist. “[They] would have thought it was beginner’s luck the first time, but now they can’t say that.”

And it seems that momentum is only set to blossom further. Some talent have already made public overtures towards the upstarts – notably Sasha Banks and The Revival. At this stage, we can only speculate who else is asking around for Tony Khan’s number.

Could one of them surreptitiously become the new Lex Luger when AEW launches on TNT this October? Keep your eyes peeled for disgruntled WWE stars shopping for frilly shirts…

WWE Hall of Famer Steve Austin is set to interview AEW President Tony Khan soon.

We noted before that The Steve Austin Show podcast will be returning on Tuesday, June 18 on PodcastOne, after a brief hiatus. Austin announced today that Khan will be his first guest.

“Steve Austin Show returns on June 18 with my conversation with @AEWrestling President/CEO Tony Khan. We talk #AEWDoN and all things Pro Wrestling,” Austin wrote.

All Elite Wrestling has announced that their All Out pay-per-view is already sold out.

The pay-per-view reportedly sold out in just 15 minutes. Fans noted on social media how they were met with messages of long wait times, indicating that some fans were not able to get tickets before the show sold out.

AEW All Out will take place on Saturday, August 31 from the Sears Centre Arena near Chicago, IL. Matches announced include Jon Moxley vs. Kenny Omega and Chris Jericho vs. “Hangman” Adam Page to crown the first-ever AEW World Heavyweight Champion.

Cody Rhodes has revealed that fans of All Elite Wrestling can expect “violence and physical storytelling” in the promotion, as they present a “sport-centric product”, according to an interview he did with Comicbook.com.

Blood was a much discussed topic following AEW’s ‘Double or Nothing’ pay-per-view last month after the copious amounts spilled by Dustin Rhodes in the match with his brother, Cody.

When the AEW Executive Vice President was asked about it, he responded:-

“When it comes to violence in our industry, when it comes to blood, when it comes to those things it should never be a topic but I love that it is and I understand why. But when it comes up it just … You’ve got to pick a lane.”

Rhodes admitted that he and Dustin didn’t anticipate that amount of blood in their match, but promised fans it wouldn’t be something the organisation would shy away from, saying:-

“…if you’re looking for violence and physical storytelling that’s a big part of what AEW is going to bring. There’s not any guidelines to how our pay-per-views are going to be. They’re treated as a sport-centric product…You see it in boxing, somebody gets a hematoma on their forehead. It happens and it will happen at AEW.”

AEW has announced Jon Moxley vs. Kenny Omega for the upcoming All Out pay-per-view.

The All Out main event was previously announced as “Hangman” Adam Page vs. Chris Jericho to crown the first-ever AEW World Heavyweight Champion.

All Out takes place on Saturday, August 31 from the Sears Centre Arena near Chicago. Tickets go on sale tomorrow.