Stone Cold Steve AustinSteven James Anderson
- Birthdate: 12/18/1964 (age 49)
- Height: 6'2"
- Weight: 252 Ib
Steve Austin gained significant mainstream popu...
Joey Styles recently spoke about the current state of wrestling commentary and much more. Here are the highlights…
On the current state of wrestling commentary: "If I was able to (feed lines to the announcers), do you think that the announcing would sound like it does? (When I quit Raw) that was absolutely straight shooting at its finest. That was exactly how I felt."
On Paul Heyman going into the Hall of Fame: "I don't think (it will happen this year at Madison Square Garden). Because Paul is now an active performer on the WWE roster, managing the top heel in the company, it would be hard to separate the person that he is from the character he plays on TV. I can't think of a person who deserves it more. He has one hell of a hall of fame resume."
On Ric Flair's recent WWE TV appearances: "I think Ric is a little toned down. He is at least 60 years old. He doesn't like to follow scripts either. When I interviewed Ric on WWE.com a few weeks ago, it was the most low key, relaxed, Ric Flair that I've ever seen. Maybe he's slowing down and just starting to enjoy himself a little."
On whether or not Flair will wrestle again in WWE: "Oh God no. They can get around the storyline retirement by calling it an "unsanctioned street fight" similar to what Hogan did, but I certainly don't want to see Ric in the ring with guys who are a third of his age. I don't want to see him get hurt."
On part time talent headlining Wrestlemania: "You can make an argument for or against anything; it may take the spotlight off of some younger people, but you can also argue that the overall spotlight may not be as bright without The Rock or Brock Lesnar. You cannot overstate the effect that the Rock has on the audience watching WWE. Since the Rock has been on the show, the traffic on WWE.com is up, and the ratings have averaged over 3.0 both weeks. He brings a whole other audience in that may not normally watch WWE, and helps put more of a spotlight on everybody. It's not like he left on bad terms, he left to become one of the biggest stars in the world."
On the WWE embracing social media: "Whatever new technology or technique is developed for connecting with your fans, we jump into it. It's very interesting and makes things busy for all of us."