Steve Austin shocked fans at WrestleMania 17 when he turned heel. He joined forces with Vince McMahon and left a stunned Houston crowd as The Rock lost at the show of shows. This is a decision Austin still regrets.

While speaking to Pardon My Take Steve Austin reflected on that WrestleMania 17 heel turn. He admitted that he’s still waiting to give Vince McMahon a stunner as well, but that never happened.

“I’ve re-thought that thing so many times, and if I could call the audible now, I would have just told him, ‘Hey man, I ain’t feeling it,’ because here’s how I was feeling leading into that. I thought I was starting to flat-line just a little bit, and I said, ‘OK man, a change is good,’ and Vince always likes to do something big at a WrestleMania, well we didn’t really have anything big there, so I was like, ‘Hey, I’ll turn heel, that’s what we do, you get hot, and then you turn heel, and then it’s even hotter.’ Most times, yes, but it has to be warranted and it has to be for a reason. And all of a sudden, when I did that that night, if I could go back, I woulda just said, ‘Hey man, I’m calling an audible,’ watch the stunner, and then stun his ass, woulda maintained my babyface run.”

Steve Austin and Vince McMahon were such good rivals fans didn’t want to see them as friends. That storyline eventually went away and they moved on, but it still stands out as something that a lot of fans would love to forget.


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