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The pro wrestling world was shocked when we lost a true legend with Leon White’s passing. Better known as Vader, he left an impression on every person he worked with not to mention the millions of fans he left in awe all over the world. The Mastodon is no longer with us but his memory will never go away.

Vader’s son Jesse White recently spoke to TMZ where he mentioned DDP, Steve Austin, and Mick Foley as some of the people who have reached out to the White family during this tragic time, but he sent a special thank you to Sting.

White said Sting became a constant source of support during the last year of Vader’s life as The Stinger developed a close relationship with both Vader and himself. “One person I have to send a big thank you out to Sting, Steve Borden he lives in the Dallas suburbs,” Jesse said.

“Sting has been a huge blessing not only as of recent but probably I wanna say for the last ten months to a year in my father’s life as well as mine. I’ve been blessed and fortunate enough to witness that between the two of them as well as develop my relationship with Sting. You know my father was a God-fearing man and so is Sting so they would sit down and read The Bible together and go over The Bible, just talk about good time stories. So yeah, Sting’s been a huge blessing throughout this process.”

Jesse White continued discussing the outpouring of support they’ve received from everyone as well as a special project they’re doing to make sure Vader’s memory lives on forever.

“It’s been overwhelming with how much love and support stories and cool pictures I’ve encountered and I came to the realization that I need to figure out a way to capture these and they’re coming from anywhere and everywhere. I put together an email specifically it’s vader.leonwhite@gmail. I want any and all fans who have any unique photos, rare photos, stories they wanna type up anything they want to add please email there. Me and my family, we’re going to be going through them dissecting them.”

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Recently on The Steve Austin Show, WWE Hall Of Famer Steve Austin shared his thoughts on wrestling in Canada and working a match against Chris Benoit in his hometown of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on the May 31, 2001 edition of WWE SmackDown. Austin went on to discuss his relationship with Benoit.

According to Austin, he always enjoyed working in Canada, as the people and crowds were “great”. With that said, Austin did not enjoy crossing the border into ‘The Great White North’.

“I always dug Canada. Like I said, it’s a great wrestling place. The biggest problem was crossing over the border and Canada is very strict at the border and they should be. And they go through everything. They makes sure that the Is are dotted and the Ts are crossed. And when the boys start coming through, due to the fact that a lot of times back in the 80s, early 80s, probably 70s, guys were carrying a lot of stuff over there. There were always stories of The Iron Sheik and how he’d have weed on him or something like that with him and he’d put it in someone else’s bag. The precedent had already been set. A lot of times, guys came through and they’d be carrying some stuff. There was this, that, and the other. You can probably guess what it might have been.

“But that was one of the biggest pains in the ass about going to Canada because you knew you’d get pulled over and you’re going to sit in a room for an hour, two, or three. They were going to go through all of your stuff and shake everything out. And 99 times out of 100, they didn’t have s–t, but every here and there, someone would have something. That’s why they always kept checking the boys when they came into the country, so great on Customs part – they did a very thorough job. But when you’re one of the guys and you’re just passing through there, and you’ve got nothing in your bag, and you get pulled over, that’s a pain in the ass because you’re always on a schedule, trying to hit the gym, you’re trying to hit a tanning bed, you’re trying for something to eat. You might check into your hotel room. It might be one of those deals where you go straight to the building and you’ve got a long road trip after that. But that was always a pain in the ass when you had to go pass through Customs on the way there.” Austin added, “coming and going across the border was a pain in the ass. Getting the directions in French was not fun. The crowds were always great.”

During the podcast, Austin recalled working a great match with Benoit on SmackDown in Edmonton. Apparently, Austin told Benoit to disregard the go-home cue and he would take the heat for it, as ‘The Texas Rattlesnake’ was left underwhelmed by the match the two had the night prior on RAW.

“I had a great match with Chris Benoit in Edmonton one night and I believe it was on the SmackDown show.” Austin continued, “and we had worked the previous night on RAW and they only gave us a certain amount of minutes and I wasn’t very happy with that match because we didn’t have enough time to build a proper story. I’ll never forget when we rolled into Edmonton that night. It was SmackDown and we were going to work together again. And I told Chris before we went out there, I said, ‘dude,’ I said, ‘I don’t care how much time they give us – we’re going to go home when it’s time to go home. And it’s all on me. I’ll take the heat, so if they give us the go home cue, disregard it.’ And we really ripped it up that night.”

In that match with Benoit, Austin took 10 punishing German suplexes in a row. Austin revealed that the spot was Austin’s idea. While ‘The Global Icon And National Treasure’ indicated that he was not in any pain from the suplexes in light of his neck surgery, Benoit targeting Austin’s perceived injured neck made sense for the story of the match.

“I said, ‘hey man, we’re going to go as long as we need to go’ and it was Chris’s hometown, I believe. I think it was Edmonton. We had worked the night before. [We] didn’t have the match I wanted to have because I knew how much Chris could go and I respected him. And so, I said, ‘hey man, I don’t see you making a traditional comeback on me. I see this being something where you just grab me from behind and let’s go 10 German suplexes, 10 in a row, because I just don’t see a regular comeback. I see 10 German suplexes and here comes Vince [McMahon] coming down and I barely escape with the belt.’ And Chris thought about that for a minute and he goes, ‘I like that.’ And so, that’s what we went out and did. So it wasn’t in the moment. It was something that I called, I planned, I ran across Chris, and he dug it. And we did it.” Austin added, “I called the suplexes and I wasn’t in any pain. And the pain in referring to is because I was returning from my neck fusion and I’d figured all the bumps that I had taken leading up to that match that I would be fine taking those bumps. And it would be a great ploy, a great strategy, for Chris to use to focus on my weakness, or perceived weakness, which could be construed as my neck because of the fusion, because of the surgery. And I was working heel at the time, so he’s giving it back to me and then some. So it made sense for that in his comeback.”

Austin claimed that one of the highest complements he ever received during his storied pro wrestling career was from Benoit after that SmackDown match telling Austin that Austin got him over that night. Austin revealed that the Chris Benoit he knew was a great worker and a cool guy.

“I’ll never forget after that match, I’ve said it on the podcast before, it was one of the highest complements I’d ever been paid by an opponent.” Austin remembered, “we always shake hands after the matches. And, man, that was Chris’s hometown, man. And we got off the headbutt off the top turnbuckle, me throwing the belt up, him getting a little bit of color from that accidentally. It was a real solid match. And he goes, ‘man, thanks.’ He goes, ‘you really got me over’ and he got it. He knew what I was trying to do and it was my job to do was to get him over. He was already over to a degree, but I got him more over than he was after the match than he was before the match, and he recognized that. And he told me that and I’ll never forget that complement. And I wish things hadn’t gone the way they had for Chris as far as down the road, but, man, the Chris Benoit that I knew was a badass worker, great dude, cool as hell, and so I remember that match vividly. Out of all the things I’ve forgotten, I remember that match.”

Roman Reigns was interviewed by The Express during the current WWE tour in the U.K. Below are some highlights:

Steve Austin on his podcast saying that Roman Reigns should turn heel “to have the biggest run”:

“I think everybody has their opinions. Like ice cream, everybody has their flavor, everybody has their opinion. It’s Stone Cold Steve Austin. He definitely knows the area and the territory that I’m in. He knows what it’s like to pull the trigger and be a workhorse. So I think there’s definitely a lot of truth in what he has to say and I value his opinion. Is it going to happen? I can’t guarantee that. It’s one of those situations where you kind of got to take it week by week and just understand the role. I definitely think there is a lot of great truth to what he’s thinking and his knowledge in the game. But Stone Cold is not my boss.”

If he would turn heel:

“Would I like to turn heel? I don’t know. It’s a weird question cause, aren’t I already a heel? If I garnered that reaction, what’s the point? If it’s already happening, if I’m already being booed, why try and get booed?

“I think right now I’m in a cool situation and kind of a little bit different than anybody because the only person that’s really been in my shoes before is (John) Cena. But Cena is Cena, you know. I’m nothing like him, I’ve never been like him. I think I’m in a good place to kind of do whatever I want to do with this character and not necessarily just be a heel or be a babyface. I feel like my character can be so much more than that.”

Scott Steiner was recently on a conference call to promote the upcoming Impact Wrestling Redemption pay-per-view, scheduled for this Sunday, April 22 inside the Impact Zone in Orlando, Florida. This will be Steiner’s first Impact Wrestling pay-per-view since teaming up with Josh Mathews in a losing effort against Joseph Park and Jeremy Borash at the 2017 Slammiversary event. At Redemption, he will be teaming up with Eli Drake in an attempt to win the Impact Wrestling Tag Team Championships from LAX.

Steiner discussed one person he wished he would have worked with in WWEduring his short singles stint from 2003-2004.

“When I first went up to WWE in 2003 they asked me who I wanted to wrestle, and I said, ‘I wanna go against The Rock,'” said Steiner. “At the time, he was the best they had, and unfortunately, that didn’t turn out and I got stuck with a frickin idiot. That’s probably my only regret. You know, Rock’s a good guy, he’s a great entertainer, and I thought we could have done good things together.”

When asked about a dream match, Steiner also mentioned the Rock, along with Steve Austin.

“I wrestled almost everybody. So I’d have to say the only one that could be a dream [match] was The Rock. That’s one guy I never have wrestled. I used to watch… we were doing Nitro, beating Raw, but then you still would tape the other shows to see what the other company was doing. Stone Cold did his stuff, which is cool. Rock did his stuff, which is cool.

“I’d have to say Stone Cold and The Rock, because even though I wrestled Steve Austin in WCW, he wasn’t Stone Cold. And I think our characters would match up good and same with The Rock. I think it could be interesting both doing interviews and in the ring. So, those two guys right there.”

Steiner also commented on what he wishes he would have done and was the worst mistake he ever made in his career as a pro wrestler.

“Not going to the [WWE] in ’93. It was the worst mistake I’ve ever made,” said Steiner. “He was going to jail, or everybody thought he was going to jail. He thought he was going to jail. It was probably the worst time to be up there, and that was the first glimpse I got of Vince McMahon being a liar.”

As previously noted, WWE Hall Of Famers Steve Austin and Bret Hart were recently guests on E&C’s Pod Of Awesomeness. The pro wrestling legends discussed their exemplary WrrestleMania 13 submission match in great detail. Specifically, Austin and Hart talked about thinking the match would be a dud. Austin and Hart agreed that the match was easy to wrestle. Also, Austin rightly declared that the match stands up even today.

According to Austin, he was upset upon hearing that he would be facing Hart in a submission match at WrestleMania 13, not recognizing that an unfavorable match stipulation would put ‘Stone Cold’ in a position of sympathy with the audience.

“I’ll never forget before WrestleMania 13 happened, it was two weeks before the match, I believe,” Austin recalled. “I’m in San Antonio [Texas] watching Monday Night RAW, and, all-of-a-sudden, I see it announced that it’s going to be Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart versus ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin in a submission match and I was livid because I am not a submission-style wrestler. I got dropped on my head and I turned into a brawler. I was starting to become somewhat hot as a [babyface], but prided myself on being a heel. All-of-a-sudden, I’m going into this match with Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart, which I loved that, but the submission part, totally threw me. And I voiced my concerns to Vince McMahon because I truly thought they were putting me in a compromising position because I’m not a submission wrestler. Everybody knows I hold had three or four moves and the rest were racking the eyes, ball shots, and stuff like that, so this match was not going to be catered to me.”

Austin admitted that he thought it was going to be a bad match.

“I thought we were going to stink the joint out, I truly did. And we did everything but that. We ripped it apart with a five-star performance.”

While Austin worried that the submission stipulation would not play to his strengths as a performer, Hart was concerned with the limiting nature of submission matches in general.

“I think we have to give Vince [McMahon] credit for the vision of the submission match.” Hart continued, “I was like Steve. I thought it was really going to be a bad, bad match for us to showcase our talents. If anything it should have just been a rematch period. A submission match limited us or at least I thought. And I felt the same way as Steve, but I also knew going in there that Vince started to want to turn me heel. And I could tell even going into that over the last few months. That’s when the fans started to take to the heels a lot more. I don’t know if it was ECW or what, but I remember the heels started to get over and they started to cheer Steve a lot because he was sort of a cool heel to take a liking to.”

Hart gained the negative perspective on submission matches from firsthand experience. Hart claimed that his ‘I Quit’ bout with fellow WWE Hall Of Famer Bob Backlund was not so excellently executed.

“Going into WrestleMania, I knew from my own experience with Bob Backlund, I think I had an ‘I Quit’ match with him at WrestleMania 11, which was probably my worst pay-per-view match I ever had, no offense to Bob.” Hart explained, “it wasn’t Bob’s fault either. Submission matches are a death sentence. You take out half of the fun of false finishes with pinfalls. I mean, that’s why more spots you can do. It cuts your match in half as far as what you can do.”

Hart went on to say that his WrestleMania 13 match with Austin was one of the easiest matches he has had in his pro wrestling career.

“It was one of the easiest matches I ever had in my life. There was just absolutely great work. Everything. And I always tell people, ‘this is the greatest match I had in the sense that no animals were harmed in the making of this movie.’ I mean, really, the only potato I gave myself was when Steve threw me into the hockey board. That hurt like hell.”

Austin agreed with Hart’s assessment that the match was easy to work.

“The match was so easy because you’ll see a call here or there, heads are down, you’ll never see any mouths move.” Austin added, “when Bret and I talked about this match, there were maybe five to seven things that we knew were going to happen. The rest was called on the fly in the ring and that’s a shoot.”

Additionally, during the interview, Austin stated that the submission match holds up today because of its realness and intensity.

“With all the flip, flop, and flying going on now, this match, although it was done at WrestleMania 13… all these years later, this match still holds up whether it was back then, right now, or in the future because of the physicality, because of the intensity,” Austin said. “There’s nothing crazy that goes on in this match, but because it’s so real, it will hold up to the test of time.”

As previously noted, ‘Badass’ Billy Gunn stopped by 317 Gimmick Street for a wide-ranging interview with WWE Hall Of Famer Steve Austin on The Steve Austin Show. During the podcast, Billy and Steve talked about their neck injuries. Also, Billy and Steve discussed their past drug use and Billy opened up about his opioid addiction.

According to Billy, he had neck surgery in 1995 following a match between the Smoking Gunns and The Bodydonnas.

“It was in the ARCO Arena in Sacramento, California.” Billy recalled, “we were working Tom Prichard and [Chris] Candido. We were doing that thing with Sunny. It was kind of weird getting in the groove, doing the thing with Sunny. We were doing this spot, she jumps up, I hit the ropes, and accidentally knock her off and go, ‘oh my God!’ I go down to the floor. I go check on her because it’s me and I was supposed to be in this infatuation spot with her, and Tom comes right off the top, and hits me in the back of the neck, and I hit the ground, and a lighting bolt shot from my ass clear across the building. Stuff like that normally doesn’t happen to me, stingers and stuff. I just get knocked out before that happens, so I never feel them. I felt that and went, ‘oh, whoa, it wasn’t supposed to feel that bad! Something’s not right.’ So I work two [or] three more days, and then my left side kept feeling worse and worse and worse. Yeah, the whole thing. Then I went home and saw a neurologist or whatever and they literally took me right then and went, ‘you’ve got to go, like, right now’ because he said it was so [badly] shattered that there was a piece pushing on my spinal cord. He said, ‘you could just step off the curb and it’d go.’ And I go, ‘oh, well, maybe we go and fix this then.'”

Billy suggested that he returned to WWE prematurely, partly out of fear of losing his spot with the company.

“It was just about six months because I wasn’t allowed to stay gone that long. It was ’95 and the company hadn’t really gotten hot yet and didn’t do anything, so it was like, ‘if you want to keep your job, we get it – you’re neck’s hurt, but you might want to come back.’ I didn’t get any paychecks.”

Along these lines, Steve talked about his neck injury he sustained from wrestling the late great Owen Hart. Like Billy, Steve did not get paid while he was out of action.

“Back in the day, when I got dropped on my head, the thing with Owen, God rest his soul, and so anyway, that jacked me up. I mean, it was heavy duty, but I was like, ‘I’ve got to finish this match,’ but nothing would work! So anyway, you know the deal, I rolled him up, called it in the ring, and got out.” Steve said, “I didn’t [get paid] either, not on my surgery in 1999, 2000, whenever I got fused up. This was before they would start paying guys. Let’s just say it was like the stone ages compared to now. These days, everything’s all covered. Back in the day, dude, when I had my neck surgery, I was gone for about a year. Zero. I got a royalty check every quarter, but I mean nothing.”

Apparently, no one from WWE accompanied Steve to the hospital following his SummerSlam (1997) match, so he got a ride from three fans who followed the ambulance from the arena.

“There I go, I get x-rayed and there were no MRIs. Nothing’s broken. I bruised my spinal cord. I’ve got a bunch of stuff going on. I walk outside the hospital, [and] ain’t nobody from the company come with me. I’m sitting there, I’m all messed up, and three girls had followed the ambulance to the hospital. I walked out to no support there! ‘Steve, do you want a ride back to the hotel?’ ‘Yeah!’ I got in the car with them. They took me by the liquor store. I got my 12-pack of Budweiser. They took me back to the Holiday Inn right by the Newark [New Jersey] airport there. You stay there, dude. And I remember, I was effed up.” Steve continued, “dude, I was traumatized! I just sat there and drank that 12-pack of beer. I’ll never forget it. I thought a lot of things about my career, but I drank that dang 12-pack and I was thinking, ‘holy s–t! That was a rough ride!'”

On the subject of road vices, Billy shared that he is a recovering addict and has been clean for seven years now. ‘The One’ stated that he was abusing all kinds of opioids to “mask” pain.

“I’m a recovering addict, so I’ve been clean for seven years, but when you hurt, you don’t think about it too much and there are easier ways to do it. If I just take this, I don’t have to worry about going and getting a massage or going to a chiropractor or going to a doctor. I just mask it with this. So then you mask it so long and then it catches up with you. But now, nowadays, that’s not an option.” Billy explained, “you doctor hunt, you have scripts all over the place, you buy them from people you don’t even know and hope to God that they work because it was really bad. I had left the company. It was just everything was going awry. Like, it was one thing and all going downhill. All addicts do, in my case because that’s all I talk about, is I’m just trying to cover things up. I don’t want to think about them, but when I come out of that, they’re still there, so you just keep covering and they never go away and then it’s worse and worse and worse till your consumption goes more and more and more. I couldn’t keep pills around for [anything], like going through 100 somas in three days. That’s insane.”

While Steve never developed an addiction to pharmaceutical medications, he arrived at a level of recreational use that he would know what drugs a pro wrestler would have on them by the sound the pills would make bouncing around in his fanny pack.

“Dude, back in the day if a guy had a backpack or a fanny pack, he could take his s–t off and by the rattle, back me on this, by the rattle of what he had in his bag, you could tell what he was carrying.” Steve recalled, “oh yeah, Ambiens had a rattle, somas, Vics, Percs, they all had a different rattle!”

Steve said he never got into pills till he was introduced by pro wrestling.

“I never got spun off on them. I was lucky in that regard. Alcohol was my thing. That’s what I had a good time with.” Steve added, “all-of-a-sudden, you’re in the [pro] wrestling business and you’re getting s–t thrown at you!

Billy concurred that he had a similar experience.

“I never did any drugs growing up, like, at all because I was always terrified my dad would find out and he’d beat the life out of me. For me, it was kind of the same thing. You get in the business and Halcions were a big thing and when you take them, and you’re out for days. I mean, the first time I tried that was at an overseas trip. I couldn’t wake up the entire two weeks I was there, so I was like, ‘that’s not going to happen.'”

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In a recent edition of Neal Pruitt’s Secrets of WCW Nitro, former WCW feature producer and ‘voice of the nWo’ Neal Pruitt revealed a surprising fact about ‘Stunning’ Steve Austin’s tenure in WCW. According to Pruitt, Austin was initially uncomfortable with looking at the camera during promos, a quirk that would influence the presentation of his character.

They sent us these highlights from the podcast:

Austin being nervous to do interviews:

“I don’t think anybody ever wants to really expose their weaknesses, but when you do expose your weaknesses to someone that’s willing to help you, you can really excel. Not that I had anything to do with it…but [Austin] did tell us he had an issue with speaking [upon his arrival to WCW]. [He said] it was something he really needed to work on.

“Having been in the interview room for so long, [I know] that what really freaks people out is… it’s just not natural to look in the camera lens instead of somebody’s face. So it’s already a weird thing to do, and the intimidation factor creeps in for whatever reason. [Often] when the light goes on the camera, the personality goes off.

“I knew Stone Cold was uncomfortable with that – looking right in the camera. So I told him, ‘if you’re nervous about looking in the camera, don’t even look in the camera. These people don’t deserve your gaze’. So if you watch some of his earlier stuff when he had hair and he was on WCW Saturday Night, you’ll see that he’s not looking at the camera at all.

“He worked at his talent at talking, [and] so did Cactus Jack. When they would ride down the road together, they would never turn the radio on. They would just [practice their promos]. That’s how dedicated these people were at becoming professionals at what they did. And I really admire that, because I know that’s what it takes. It doesn’t come naturally to most people, but if you work at it, you can get it.”

Rumor that WCW piped in ‘Goldberg’ chants:

“Sometimes some of it would be recorded, and we would mix that in to get the people excited. It didn’t happen all that much as far as the live shows went, but I know I would enhance some of the pay-per-view events.

“When I did the show for Deep South Wrestling – that’s where people like Luke Gallows, Kofi Kingston, MVP, Jack Swagger, The Miz and lots of [other] guys at WWE [came from] – I would always super-enhance the audio, as far as when the show aired on TV. I had a ‘roar’ track that I used underneath [the crowd noise], that I think really enhanced the show.”