Steve Austin Reveals Why He Walked Out On WWE In 2002, Comments On His Firing From WCW


Steve Austin recently appeared on AfterBuzz TV’s “Lilian Garcia: Making Their Way to the Ring” podcast, here are the highlights…

WHY STEVE AUSTIN DOESN’T WANT TO ACT ANYMORE: “All the stuff that I’m doing now is like passion projects like Broken Skull Challenge I love that show and acting I don’t really care about acting…no because you just, the memorization process, I mean for me to be you know on set you know and going through the paces, and hitting your marks, and doing another take, doing another take, and then someone else’s coverage, I’ve probably done ten to twelve movies and it was fine while we were doing them. You know being on the set is not fun for me, and don’t get me wrong if the right gig came along I would consider doing it I don’t mean to sound like a jerk, but people always think just because you came out of wrestling and you did a few movies like oh man you need to do more movies, well it depends on you know, I don’t really want to do more movies you know, but people always think this is what you should do. What I should do is what I’m doing.”

STEVE AUSTIN THINKS ROMAN REIGNS IS GOING TO BE A BIG STAR: “I think Roman Reigns is going to be a big star—he’s a star right now, but he’s going to be a big star if he just keeps going down the road that he’s going and he’s going to figure it all out he’s not necessarily just a natural to the business, but he’s very very good and he’s only going to get better.”

STEVE AUSTIN DISCUSSES THE ATTITUDE ERA ROSTER: “That was one of the most talented rosters in the history of the business so ya man first of all we had a stacked locker room, and heres the thing, like in the business of pro-wrestling hey man I made it for myself but we’re in it as a team because we’re traveling together, we’re like a carnival, this is pro-wrestling we got a card, your a match and theres eight other matches or ten other matches whatever the program is, so you’re all a team, and you’re all fighting to put asses in the seats. It would be real selfish for me to say oh man I want to be number one and I don’t want anyone to be close. No, I want to be number one and I want everyone to be kicking and scratching crawling so I can really say that I’m number so you wan the guy you’re working with to be as hot as you because the hotter your dance partner is the more people are going to want to see that so we had such a charismatic, talented group of guys in the ring on the horn with their gimmicks Vince was on fire with the ideas, the writing department, the booking department had great ideas so yes I’m glad we had the locker room we had.”

STEVE’S RELATIONSHIP WITH WWE, VINCE AND TRIPLE H: “I’m still a part of the WWE, I still keep in contact with a lot of the guys and girls and Vince and Triple H and everybody, so I’m still you know in with the WWE.”

WHY AUSTIN WOULDN’T WANT A FULL TIME GIG WITH WWE: “I don’t like to travel anymore Lilian. It’s like when I was still in the WWE and my days before that because I give or take have been in the business thirteen or fourteen years until my neck crapped out and I got out of the business, I loved being on the road back in the day you know you’re a road warrior, you’re addicted to the road, then all of a sudden you’re out there and you’ve been on the road for ten, fourteen whatever more days and you’re thinking God dang man I really want to go home, and then you get home and you’re there for about a day and a half your like man I’m ready to get back on the road, so I mean its in your blood. But once you get out of the business—and it took me three years to get over getting out of the business, and I won’t tell that story because I told that story so many times, but my point is, you know when you’re in the business of being on the road with the WWE you’re a road warrior and that’s what you do, that’s your life, and you love it, and I’m very passionate about the business, it’s what I wanted to do with my life, it’s the only thing I wanted to do. I didn’t want to come out here and get into acting, I did it because I had to get out of the business of pro-wrestling but my point is when you turn back into what I call civilian mode, you know, you kind of lose all that interest in traveling.”

STEVE TALKS ABOUT HIS BIOLOGICAL FATHER & FAMILY: “We were born in Austin, James Anderson is our father biologically, so my mom Beverly and James got a divorce when I was about two or three, ya give or take…we were young, I remember James, and so she moves down to Victoria, Texas and Victoria is kind of between Houston and Corpus, and so she meets Ken Williams and Ken Williams is an insurance man, and he plays in a dance band on Friday and Saturday nights, and he played lead guitar and he sang. Ao anyway my mom was a telephone operator and she meets Ken Williams and they fall in love, and they get married and then they have two other kids, Jeff and Jennifer who is the baby of the family, and then our family, the way we’ve come up and the way we’ve grown together Ken Williams is my step-father technically but I don’t look at him as being that, we know there’s no blood there but he’s my dad he taught me everything I know. I got my genetics from my real dad but he’s my dad and as far as Jeff and Jenny goes we don’t say half brother in our family, we’re all in.”

STEVE ON HIS REASONS FOR WALKING OUT IN 2002: “It was a real stupid decision to fast forward there and go back to my family but ya when I heard about doing the favors you know from Jim Ross and I was in a hotel and I heard that information and I worked with Flair in Columbus, Georgia that night in a cage and that was Monday Night Raw in Atlanta and then I called Vince that night people heard the story a million times and I didn’t like the creative, I was burnt out and there had been a couple of real weird things that I thought were road blocks thrown at me that didn’t make sense from a booking standpoint, when you have an extremely hot talent who’s selling tickets and merchandise like crazy you just kinda keep throwing gasoline on him and I thought this was road block unadvertised, all about trying to help the next guy up but right now we’re running strong with me so anyway thats when I went home and if it hadn’t been for Jim Ross who knows what would’ve happened.”

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