It’s been very cool to see Matt step into the forefront over the last couple of years, and he was the centre of attention during his final few months in TNA. Snow points out that wrestlers complain that kayfabe is dead when they’re the ones killing it, and a huge part of Broken Matt Hardy’s success came from the fact that he never broke character.
Austin mentions that Snow was over huge in the late 1990’s, while working with the “Head” gimmick. Snow points out that performers need to have constant motivation to get themselves over, make more money, and then work even harder in order to stay in that position. He believes that guaranteed contracts have prevented today’s performers from taking risks in the ring and on the mic because they have something to lose now.
Austin mentions that developing a relationship with Vince McMahon is critical for anyone who works in WWE. He mentions that around ’95-’96, WWE would film two episodes of RAW back to back on Monday nights. Austin began noticing that his promos were being edited on the taped episode that went through post-production, and one day he got the nerve up to ask McMahon about that.
Austin was basically still a nobody in the company at that time but McMahon answered Austin’s question, saying that they were editing his promos because he was ‘popping the guys in the truck’ as a heel, and they didn’t want him getting those reactions from fans at home or in the live audience. Austin told McMahon that he wasn’t as big or as strong as some of the other guys on the roster, so if WWE took away his personality he wouldn’t be able to compete. McMahon agreed and that was the last time his promos were edited.