In a recent interview with the legendary Bill Apter, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin spoke about what could have happened if he’d been given the “Stone Cold” gimmick sooner, thoughts on Brock Lesnar’s career, 30 years of The Undertaker and its success. from The Rock in Hollywood.
Scroll down for the video of the interview. Here are some transcribed highlights:
Austin’s thoughts on Brock Lesnar:
“Love Brock Lesnar. That guy has always been in the game. He tried to make professional football. He never really played football much. A few times All-American in wrestling. Almost makes the football team, the Minnesota Vikings. Then he says hey, I’m going to fight in the UFC and become the UFC Heavyweight Champion and then go back into the business He is still, after more than 20 years, the biggest draw, him in Roman, in the business today. So Brock Lesnar has had one of the most amazing, distinct runs in the company’s history, and no one will ever do it the way Brock Lesnar did, whether it’s Suplex City or the Octagon, or whatever it is that Brock does. babyface run he had right before Wrestlemania 38, when you have this big mass of an alpha male and he shows that vulnerability and people just yell at him. So just a charismatic force of nature.”
Thoughts on The Undertaker:
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“If they had given that gimmick to someone else, and I told Mark this to his face, it might have taken two years, maybe three, and then it would have just fallen off and no one could have done it like him.” did it. It was a once in a lifetime thing where they caught lightning in a bottle. I knew Mark was going to be a star when we stunk the Sportatorium. He worked as The Punisher and I was Amazing Steve. Mark is an amazing talent, and that he can make that run and make those micro-adjustments to that character, and keep in touch with that fanbase, and always at the top, or if not at the top, very close to the top, to put himself in that position for Vince to use as he did, a goddamn master.”
On if he thought The Rock would become a Hollywood star:
“Who would have thought, but you know, I think he had his heart set on that. He is a third generation professional wrestler, so he came into the business because of a passion for the craft and then saw the light too the other side, or the light at the end of the tunnel. That first tunnel may have been that first Scorpion King movie. I think it just needed one screenshot of him looking like a movie star, this larger-than-life character in which he was in and that movie, The Mummy or whatever it was, you know what I’m talking about. Then he almost tried to live up to Hollywood standards and said, ‘No, no, just let me do this my way .’ What I like about The Rock is, he’s going, hey man I’m not just going to try to put myself down, I’m just going to be myself, and that’s what he did. He took over Hollywood on his own. Everyone else does their stuff but yeah I could definitely see then that a man like him would have the abilities and the ability and the will to succeed as he has and he has done it through nothing but hard work. So props to him “I’ve enjoyed our matches together. I’ve always enjoyed working with him. I’m proud of him and I’m happy with all his success because he just destroys it and he works himself to pieces.”
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