Here are the highlights:
Hart asking Vince McMahon to have Austin come over from ECW to WWF:
You know, this is a true story that people don’t know. I was going to Vince all the time trying to bring new guys in. I remember talking about you. You, I think, had just signed with ECW. And I said ‘Why didn’t you guys grab Steve Austin? He was free, he was available. You’re looking for new guys all the time, he’s one of the best guys down there.’ I talked to Vince about it, and I remember the next week, you were sitting in the dressing room.
Austin warning Hart about going to WCW:
You know who told me that [not to go over to WCW], you. I remember you were talking to me and said ‘They don’t know what they hell they’re doing down there.’ Guys that had been there [in WCW], including Kevin Nash and different guys who had been there before, said ‘Don’t ever go there. They are the dumbest idiots in the world.’ I kind of knew that before I went.
But I mean, they really proved that to me – that they were the stupidest people that could ever run a wrestling business. There was so much talent that I could have worked with – Booker T., Hulk Hogan. I should’ve worked with Hogan right away. I should have had Hulk Hogan in a sharpshooter and done some big numbers with him. I went into WCW. I had so much heat, they just didn’t know what the hell to do with me. Eric Bischoff didn’t know s–t.
Hart being a fan of Austin’s work:
I had a lot of respect for your work when you came in. In my mind, I already knew that eventually, I would like to work with you. I was hoping they were going to use you right…But I knew, I could do great stuff with you.
H/T Wrestling Inc. for the transcriptions