WWE Hall Of Famer Stone Cold Steve Austin recently took to his podcast, The Steve Austin Show, to talk about his WrestleMania 14 match with Shawn Michaels – which also involved Mike Tyson. Here are the highlights:
Mike Tyson bringing mainstream media to WWE: “I remember his posse was in there, I hit all four corners going completely all disrespect to him because he’s a Boxer and he’s in my world now. Then we did the face off, and I flipped the bird and then he pushed me; the cash register started ringing right then. We needed that; Shawn Michaels wasn’t in the best place mentally, his back was busted up, and had been on a hell of a run underappreciated,” Austin said.
“We were fixing in to go in and he was going to drop the belt to me, but that was the build up. Without Mike Tyson, that match would have been what it would have been, we would have traded the belt, but with the eyes that Tyson brought with mainstream media to the product, it was just phenomenal. It was great piece of business working with Tyson, and the thing with Mike Tyson is that I just saw him a few months ago at the Ritz-Carlton, and gave him a huge hug, and that guy is such a historian of the business, he knew more about the history of the business than some of the boys, which was why it was fun to hang around with the guy.”
His WrestleMania match with Shawn Michaels: “Shawn was beat to shreds; but he is such a performer, he could have literally been paralyzed because he is Mr. WrestleMania and is that good, but that is a good point, I’m not going to ask him about it. I rarely talk to Shawn Michaels but we are really good friends,” Austin said. “When I came into the company in late 95-96, I started off working with Savio Vega, who really got me into ring shape, but then I started working with Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels.
“I was getting kicked in the mouth or tapping to the Sharpshooter every night, but that was fun because I was working with top guys; so once I got into my match at WrestleMania 14 and started working with Shawn I knew I could light it up with Shawn, and yes, things didn’t go as I would have liked it to on that night.”
H/T Wrestling Inc. for the transcriptions