Posts Tagged ‘Stone Cold Steve Austin’

As noted, WWE has confirmed that former Women’s Champion Ivory will join Bill Goldberg and The Dudley Boyz in the WWE Hall of Fame this year in New Orleans. Ivory spoke with ESPN about the induction at this link. Below are highlights from the interview:

Going into the Hall:

“[This Hall of Fame recognition] means that it’s a full circle in your career, in your wrestling chapter. It’s great bragging rights for your family that have seen you go through the eras and I also feel like it’s an awesome tribute to the women in wrestling as a whole.”

“I liken it to almost getting married, it’s my wedding day, which I’ve never had one, so, this is probably as close to a wedding production as I’ll ever get. Hair and makeup, I will be speaking my vows — with regards to my wrestling career — to all these people I adore and love and we want it to all happen without a hitch.”

Her December 1999 Entertainment Weekly cover with Steve Austin:

“I don’t think either one of us at the time knew what an honor that was — to be having her take our photograph. That was a highlight for me — it’s small because it’s not taking bumps or a big pay per view event or a big championship, but that was one of those amazing sidebar things that I got to do.”

Vince McMahon’s approval:

“I always felt embraced by the family. I didn’t chat with Vince McMahon all the time, but he always gave me great opportunities. I always felt like I had his seal of approval like, ‘Yeah, give it to Ivory, she will do it right.'”

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Before Steve Austin was Stone Cold, he was known as The Ringmaster and he was managed by Ted DiBiase. In an interview with Andy Malnoske of Wrestling Inc., DiBiase discussed his experience working with one of the greatest WWE superstars of all time.

Austin was introduced as The Ringmaster in 1996 and he became the Million Dollar Champion and began wearing DiBiase’s trademark gold belt. DiBiase, whose documentary The Price Of Fame will be released on Nov. 7, said he first got the inkling to be a manager after his in-ring career had ended and he had a successful stint doing commentary.

“When I came back, Vince wanted me to do color commentary with him at the Royal Rumble and I did that he said , ‘You know what? First time out you did a pretty good job.’ And I told him, ‘I’d like to give it a go, if you’d like me to come back in a managing role, I’m more than open to it,'” DiBiase said. “And that’s what he did, he put Steve with me. Of course back then we called it ‘the rub,’ when you have a guy coming up, you see the talent and you ‘rub’ him up with somebody that’s red-hot or has been big to elevate him. That’s what that was for.”

DiBiase said he immediately saw Austin’s talent but never expected him to become the phenomenon he was. He was the face of the Attitude Era and his popularity brought the WWE to new heights.

“I saw Steve’s talent, buy I don’t think anybody envisioned that he would become the icon that he has,” DiBiase said. “Just a stellar career, unbelievable.”

As Austin’s manager, DiBiase was his mouthpiece and handled most of his promo work. When he was given the opportunity, Austin eventually grew into the one of the best talkers ever to get on the mic. DiBiase said he always believed Austin would eventually get over.

“I did a lot of talking for him but as he went along, he just blossomed, it just became natural. I remember there were a lot of agents at the time telling that were telling him, in terms of what he was doing in the ring, something like, ‘You need to do more,'” DiBiase said. “And I said, ‘You know what Steve? Here’s my advice. Don’t change anything, because you come across very real. It may take you a little longer to get over, but once you’re over, you’re over, and then you can do whatever you want.’ And that’s exactly what he did.”

You can check out the full interview in the video above. Dibiase’s new documentary, The Price Of Fame, will be released on November 7th. The film centers around DiBiase’s redemption and faith.

Despite his tempestuous walkout before the October 9th edition of Monday Night Raw, Neville has yet to formally part ways with WWE.

Sports Illustrated have since reported that the Geordie star will simply be left on the payroll until his contract officially expires, unless the two sides can mend fences in the interim.

Neville’s frustration allegedly built following months of frustration with his under-appreciated 205-and-under role. Despite contesting some of the finest matches this year, the ‘King Of The Cruiserweights’ was often criminally ignored. His WrestleMania 33 kickoff opener was even left off of the official DVD – a move that partially triggered opponent Austin Aries’ own departure in July.

Company icon Stone Cold Steve Austin has spoken publicly on the situation, drawing natural comparisons between the situation and his own incensed 2002 exit.

He said, “Well, my situation when I walked out, I wasn’t on board with the direction creative wanted to go. I was working my ass off and I just was not happy with that decision.”

Noting Neville’s superlative skills, ‘The Rattlesnake’ continued, “I can respect the guy that has enough balls to walk away just because he had a gut feeling like I did. He is an outstanding talent…he was a guy that I really liked watching. Hopefully he gets past this and whether he goes back to WWE or goes somewhere else, I hope he continues to have a successful career and have fun. At the end of the day, pro-wrestling, to be able to get paid to do that, it’s a fun job but it is a business and you need to get paid accordingly.”

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Steve Austin and Sean “X-Pac” Waltman recently discussed Kazuchika Okada on an episode of The Steve Austin Show. In it, Austin talked about Okada standing out because of his ability to sell.

“When [Okada] started selling with his match against Kenny Omega; I don’t want to relieve parts of previous podcasts a few weeks when New Japan was in town, but holy smokes that kid can sell,” said Austin. “You know what he is really good at? The subtlety and nuances. That kid, when he goes to selling, I think in today’s United States scene, it’s more of an oversell and its losing the effect because it’s too much. I think guys need to dial it back.”

“For a while guys weren’t selling at all, and now they are overselling, but I don’t want to nitpick that,” continued Austin. “Anyways, not to get off topic, but one of the things I liked about that match was that they didn’t go crazy trying to work that crowd, they keep the majority 98% of their attention within the ring, but it looks like an athletic contest, and when you look at Okada, you ask yourself what it is that he does that is so popular?”

“He’s got a great drop kick, he sells awesome, has great fire but with that first match that lasted 47 minutes with Omega and then that 60 minute Broadway, there was a couple of crazy bumps in there, but the guy doesn’t do anything super crazy as far as high maneuvers,” said Austin. “He’s bigger than you think he is; he’s about 6’3, 220, but he’s a tall 6’3 so he takes up space; great looking robes, which you can take out of the equation, but he’s just a really good looking kid; he’s not overly flashy.”

Waltman and Austin talked about how Okada plays a straight babyface and will sell anything. Waltman mentioned how he was with TNA Wrestling and they didn’t do anything with him. Sean put over the fact he doesn’t speak Japanese but how Okada’s great promos still translate.

“I don’t know what it is about the kid that sets him apart, because you saw his two matches against Omega,” said Austin. “Dave Meltzer gave one a six-stars and the other six and a quarter stars, okay, whatever the star rating is, but I will say, as many great things as Omega and Okada did during those matches, it’s a different style. If you are just a smashmouth, strong style kind of guy, it may not be up your alley, but as far as hitting the gas pedal; vicious attacks, going for the win, all of that is there. In the 60 minute, I can see them buying time, but both of them were just tremendous, fantastic matches. They have a bit of a different style, but the business has evolved.”

Waltman replied to Austin by explaining that he feels everything in the business today is just so routine.

“When you do a 45 minute, or something like that, I can’t imagine starting the match off with the same kind of intensity and ending it with that kind of intensity,” said Waltman. “I mean, we only have so much gas in the tank, but yeah, I get it with the way they were pacing it, but the spots that they had done, I would have liked to see them be shorter, more concise, and not look like spots anymore.

“When I see Brock [Lesnar] and [Samoa] Joe, or matches like that; you’re not seeing tackles, drop down and knee drops,” said Waltman. “I kind of want to see wrestling get away from that a little bit. Just change the spots up a little bit because everything is now so routine.”

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Source: Sports Illustrated

Harley Race spoke with Sports Illustrated’s “Extra Mustard” section on his health and pro wrestling. Here are some of the highlights:

How he’s feeling after falling in his home and breaking both of his legs back in June:

“Right now, it’s the legs that are bothering me. I’m sitting here now with two legs that aren’t very good. They’re in route to recovery, and I’m right along with them. In a little amount of time, I’ll be up walking again.”

Inspiring generations of wrestlers like Ric Flair, Bret Hart, Steve Austin, and CM Punk:

“I love that. And it’s all true. I was the guy who would go out and do whatever he needed to do, no matter what.”

Being the “world’s champion”:

“Being world’s champion is what I set out in life to do. I’m one of the few people on earth that can say they completed, in every aspect, what they wanted to do with their life. …Whether it was sitting in a steak house eating a steak or getting onto the edge of the ring with two or three people standing there, it was all the same to me.”

You can read the full interview by clicking here.

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Kenny Omega is fresh off one of the biggest weekends of his career. ‘The Cleaner’ was the star performer in NJPW’s G1 Climax In USA shows, putting on outstanding singles bouts with Michael Elgin, Jay Lethal, and Tomohiro Ishii, and leaving Long Beach as the first ever IWGP United States Champion.

Omega has been one of the most talked about wrestlers in the world throughout 2017, and has now become the face of NJPW’s US expansion. He’s not only drawing praise from the fans, but some of the biggest names in the business, including a guy who knows a thing or two about making it in WWE.

‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin had NJPW commentator Don Callis on his Steve Austin Show Unleashed podcast this Thursday, and he had high praise for the Bullet Club leader:-

“I think he could be the next big thing in the United States. I think he could be the guy. First of all, if that’s what he wanted to do. If WWE brought him in and just gave him everything that he needed or pushed him in the way that he needed to be pushed. If it was a green light push and everything was all systems go on making Kenny Omega the guy then he can be the guy.”

Austin and Callis continued praising Kenny throughout the show, with special mention for his promos and Brian Pillman-esque energy.

Omega was reportedly close to signing with WWE in January, but chose to extend his NJPW stay instead. It’s hard to tell what his long term future holds, but with his current contract apparently expiring next February, the speculation isn’t going away any time soon.

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Source: The Steve Austin Show

Recently on The Steve Austin Show, WWE Hall Of Famer Steve Austin shared his thoughts on WWE Superstar Seth Rollins’ connection to the audience, his character, and compared Rollins to WWE Hall Of Famer Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart.

According to Austin, Rollins is only “somewhat over” with the WWE Universe. Moreover, Rollins needs the crowd to be more invested in him for a long match like ‘The Architect”s WrestleMania 33 match versus Triple H to work.

“Rollins is somewhat over, not all-the-way over, not by a long shot. Now, I don’t mean that in a bad way. That’s just being honest.” Austin explained, “he [has] relied on his sequences and his athleticism to carry him. To take him to the next level, he’ll have to get more character development.”

Austin admitted that he still does not have a sense of the Seth Rollins character.

“When you say ‘Seth Rollins’ or if you want to say ‘Seth Freakin’ Rollins’, I still don’t have a sense of what or who this guy is. And so, that rests on Seth Rollins’ shoulders, as an individual, as a performer, to define or create that as well as the WWE because I still don’t get a sense of what kind of personality he is.”

Austin went on to compare ‘The Kingslayer’ to another top notch in-ring performer who was an introvert by nature, the legendary Bret Hart.

“Bret wasn’t an over-the-top guy. He was a pretty humble and a very quiet individual outside the ring, so in many regards kind of somewhat like Seth although Bret’s an entirely different animal, but there’s a case of a guy who’s not a showy kind of guy, but very conservative, but just a highly defined gimmick, a badass gimmick, and a world class worker, so Seth needs to work on this.”