Stone Cold Steve Austin was a cornerstone of WWE on Monday Night Raw for years during the peak of the Monday Night Wars. He returns to Raw tonight for the 15th anniversary of the show, and is sure to make an impact.
Last week Austin fielded questions from the press, including Inside Pulse, about his career, Raw and his future.
Some highlights include:
On Ric Flair’s return to Raw
“I’ve been out on my ranch and I didn’t see it. I’m very happy to hear about that. To me, he’s the greatest professional wrestler of all time and certainly the greatest world champion of all time, so I just got a ton of respect for the guy. I’m glad to hear that he’s back.”Â
On a possible return match to Raw or Wrestlemania
“I’d love to have one more match with Bret Hart. But I’d also love to have a match with Ric Flair, but I would have loved to have had a match with Ric Flair when I was a few years younger and he was a few years younger. I don’t think we’d want to do it now, although Ric is still a [heck] of a performer in the ring. But if I had to have one more, I’d have to go with old Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart.”Â
On young wrestlers in WWE
“John Cena just gets better and better; unfortunately, he’s sidelined with an injury. Ken Kennedy was doing really good there for a while, but I think he kind of lost track a little bit. I think it was too many people trying to give him too much advice, and he needed to go back to what he was doing, but I think he’s going to get there. MVP, physically, as a mechanic in the ring, is really good. I like the guy. He still needs to think about the entertainment part of it. I think Randy Orton is really, really good in the ring. I’d like to see him a little bit better on the microphone still, and have an extra gear in his work, but he’d be one of the top guys. I could go on and on and pretty much go down the roster, but those are the guys that are up there right now. Umaga has really impressed me. All of the Samoan guys have always been great workers in the ring and he’s no different. He’s a great big man, and I wish they’d keep pushing him and using him even more than they are. He’s really, really good.”Â
Working with Santino Marella:
“I enjoyed his accent, his voice, and he’s a great talker. For six weeks in a row or seven, how many ever weeks it was where he was out there just blasting me and the movie, he got better in six or seven weeks — I mean a whole lot better. I think he’s very, very entertaining. I enjoyed doing business with him and I think he’s got a really bright future ahead of him. Right now, and he’s just kind of getting started in WWE, he’s one of the best talkers they have.”Â
On his favorite Raw moment
“I had so many classic moments with Vince McMahon and all the vehicles I got to drive. I think really one of my favorites was whacking Vince in the head with the bedpan when he was in the hospital. I really enjoyed my moments in the ring working angles with Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart. Anytime I was in the ring with him was a lot of fun also, and he really kind of helped put me on the map in my career. Man, you’re talking about 15 years. It’s hard for me to pick a favorite. I remember when the show first started. It was just a different kind of wrestling show, a different kind of energy, and really just kind of reinvented the sports entertainment business.”
On his current status physically and in the ring
“Where I’m at physically right now, I feel pretty dang good. When you last 15 years in the ring with my type of style, which was very physical, very aggressive, you’re going to have some wear and tear. But where I’m at in my life, I feel really good. I’m down at my ranch right now. I’ve been deer hunting for three weeks. I’m heading back to Los Angeles tomorrow; I’ve got some projects going on there that we’re going to start in January. I could probably, if I really wanted to and if I needed to, I could go out and get two hard years in the ring, but at this point it’s not worth it. I feel really good, and in 10 years when I’m in my fifties, I want to still feel this good, so it’s time to hang it up.”
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