​Steve Austin Discusses Sting’s WWE Debut, Tonight’s Post-RAW Vince McMahon Podcast, NXT, More

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Steve Austin recently spoke with Rolling Stone, here
are the highlights…

On Interviewing Vince McMahon: Back in the day
I’d reached out to him just in passing about being on the show. A couple of
months ago [WWE] came to L.A. for SummerSlam and we were trying to put it
together then, but he didn’t have the time to fit me in. Then they were going to
fly me to Stamford but I didn’t want to go all that way to do a podcast
[laughs]. So we’ve wanted to do this thing for a while. I guess timing is
everything and so someone from WWE reached out to me and said, “Hey, what do you
think about doing your podcast live on the WWE Network?” and I said, “Man, that
would be awesome.” It’s a win-win for both parties. Any time you go live with
Vince McMahon it’s going to be a very interesting experience. To me this is a
conversation between us about the wrestling business and the direction the WWE’s
headed in. There’s a few key talent I’d like to ask specific questions about. In
doing my research, I’ve started watching some of the old videos of the work we
did as far as angles go and the chemistry we had in the ring, so I’m not there
to be Howard Stern. My podcast is a conversation, it’s basically a bulls–t
session: two guys shooting the breeze talking about the business. At the end of
the day, Vince McMahon is in the entertainment business, as am I, so I want it
to be entertaining and engaging. I’m looking forward to it.

On Sting’s WWE Debut: I saw him at the WWE 2K15
panel that I hosted and I was excited to see him there because I’m a big fan.
He’s had a hellacious run. Some people didn’t consider him to be Hall of Fame
worthy because of the fact that he’d never been in WWE before. To me it’s a
no-brainer. When I came to WCW he had been there for several years and was the
top guy, so to finally see him come in, dressed in the black and white, I was
blown away. The face-to-face with him and Triple H, they just let it build and
build. Triple H tried to sell the big right hand, block, there’s the kick and
the damage is done, then he hits his finish. I loved it. I’m a fan of good stuff
inside the squared circle and it was a good story. The Authority had really
built how they needed to win that night in a really long-winded promo by
Stephanie McMahon and Triple H. They were setting the table for Sting. All of
the guys in that match worked their asses off, and I really enjoyed the work
between Seth Rollins and Dolph Ziggler as they went into the finish.

His Thoughts On NXT: I haven’t watched a whole
lot of it but what I have seen I liked. I like the lighting, I like the action
and it just feels different. I understand what WWE’s trying to do with Monday
Night Raw, they want it to look like it’s the slickest production in the world,
but sometimes it’s too slick. When everyone’s got a scripted promo, it doesn’t
breed the same spontaneity that the Attitude Era had. You had a lot of guys out
there grabbing a microphone where they might have a bullet point or two, but
their words – you can’t write that stuff.


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