Stone Cold Steve AustinSteven James Anderson
- Birthdate: 12/18/1964 (age 51)
- Height: 6'2"
- Weight: 252 Ib
Steve Austin gained significant mainstream popu...
On what made him the perfect guy for The Attitude Era: "That's a damn good question; I don't know if I've got the answer for it. I guess I was just an entertaining guy. It's hard for me to answer that question, because it's cool to be that guy. But I'm not gonna sit here and blow smoke up my a**. I guess I just turned it up to be loud and aggressive, and I meant what I said and I did what I said. I think the character of "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, he was a pretty honest and straight-shooting cat, and he was digging and scratching and clawing to get to the top in the business that he loved and it showed in the work and in the persona I created. That's the best that I can figure. I was the guy who did it."
On whether he had a lot of fun in his feud with Vince McMahon: "Oh yeah, man, that was a great time. I had a good time every time I went to work, and that was back in the day when we were on the road [even more than Superstars today]. It was just a blast to go to work every single night, and not just on Monday Night Raw or on a pay-per-view, and it was a blast going to WWE Live Events, because that was all that you did, that's what you focused on. You'd get out on the road, be gone for three weeks and be dying to get home, but as soon as you got home, you're bored and itching to get back on the road. So it was just a great time in the business. The window that I happened to slide in at — I'm very appreciative that I came along when I did."
In if there was anyone from that era he would have liked to work with but didn't: "It's always fun to think about what it would have been like if me and Goldberg had gotten into the ring, to see what would have happened if me and Hollywood Hogan got involved in serious matches, and not in a one-off match. It would have been fun to have worked with a guy like Ultimate Warrior, it would have been fun to do a bunch of matches with Randy Savage, or [Ric] Flair — I would have liked to work a high-profile series with him. Hell, just because Bruno Sammartino just threw me under the bus a couple of months ago, it would've been to fun to work with him. You talk about the entertainment aspect, that's what wrestling's all about."
On Sammartino's comments about the vulgarity he used during the Attitude Era: "Oh it was just a thing, you know, when someone brought my name up in an interview, he just kinda — I guess the obscenities that came out of my mouth were a little too much for him, and he just turned it off. And again, it was a totally different interview, but it would have been interesting to work with a cat like that, Bruno Sammartino. I guarantee ya — he would have been chasing his tongue around because he would've been tired working with me. I'd give him everything I had and a little bit more. Like I said, I've got a lot of respect for Bruno Sammartino, and I say [the above] in a competitive manner."
On whether there was a moment that he thought went too far in the Attitude Era: "No, no. I said, "a**," "hell yeah" — stuff like that. And "a**" is about every other word that came out of my mouth back then, as it is in my current life. I happen to love that word. There is nothing I ever said that pushed the envelope too far from a language parameter. You look at the time when Bret Hart flipped out and said, this is garbage. Everybody back in that dressing room knows that promo when he pushed Vince on his a** was further than anywhere I ever went within a language — I never went there. Man, I thought that my stuff was straight-up, grade-A, saying words you could get away with saying. Don't get me wrong, I could say those words and someone else could say them, and they're going to mean two different things. I had a lot of intensity; a lot of my delivery was such that you sure took what I said seriously. And I could make you laugh if I wanted to, as well. I could start rambling about promos and...