Big Show On WWE Crowds vs. NXT Crowds, HHH Running NXT & More


WWE Hall Of Famer “Stone Cold” Steve Austin recorded a number of podcasts with various WWE talents — past-and-present — during WrestleMania 32 weekend in Arlington, Texas earlier this month.

The first show to be released from Austin’s recording session at WM32 weekend this year is with longtime WWE veteran The Big Show.

Below are highlights from the interview, which you can check out in full at

On the job Triple H is doing running NXT:

“They’re hungry and free and I think that’s the biggest thing that’s different with us [on the main roster] because I think [Triple H] does a real good job with NXT of understanding how to give these kids more time, give these kids a little more freedom on the mic, give these kids a little more freedom on their matches to go out there and get yourselves over.” Big Show added, “and that’s one of the things that I think hurts our program with the three-hour RAW. There’s so much s–t crammed in there [that] guys aren’t given a lot of time to get over. Up here, you get two weeks with something and boom, it’s gone. They’re on to something else. And that’s not a fair assessment to give anybody new that [has] come in. Nobody can get anything done in two weeks. It takes time to get things done and that’s why I’m really happy with NXT because you see these kids get a chance to get over and they build a following.”

On WWE drawing families and NXT having “hipper” crowds:

“They’re a more hip crowd.” Big Show reflected, “we have a lot of families. We have dads come in with six or seven kids, the nephews and the cousins and the sons and daughters. So we have a lot of little kids there, which is fantastic because I love them being a part of the product and I love putting on shows for them. But the fire and the energy we used to get in the Attitude Era when we were working towards that 18 to 35 crowd, that was a different energy crowd. A lot of these crowds that we have now are the younger kids because they’re so excited to be there. Now, the NXT crowd isn’t pulling the younger kids.”

On there being no more “true heels” in pro wrestling:

“The business has changed, absolutely, because here’s the thing. We structured our business so that the referee has integrity now, which I have a huge problem with. But I don’t give a s–t about the referee. I really don’t. I like when heels get heat.” Big Show elaborated, “I mean, we have a lot of kids now and they don’t understand heat. They don’t understand it. I mean, there’s the guy you’re supposed to boo. They get it, but most of our guys are supposed to be babyfaces. Bray Wyatt [has] got the coolest entrance of anybody next to maybe Undertaker, but it’s hard for him to be a heel because he cuts fantastic promos. He [has] got a cool gimmick! I mean, he’s not the prettiest guy on the planet, I get it, but he’s a hell of a worker. He [has] got snap. He [has] got fire. He cuts great promos. How do you hate a guy like that?”

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