WWE Hall of Famer “Stone Cold” Steve Austin is a legend in the world of professional wrestling and has seen the landscape of pro wrestling change over the years.
The Texas Rattlesnake recently spoke on ESPN First Take in order to promote the new season of his Straight up Steve Austin show.
During the interview, Steve Austin was asked about the current state of professional wrestling. Austin answered that the product is more athletic now and both the male and female wrestlers are better athletes than those of previous eras.
“You’re spot in saying that today is a different era,” said Austin. “It’s a more athletic product, the guys and girls are better athletes than we were.
“Growing up, I was a big fan of promotions such as NWA, Mid South, and WCCW as well, and during the Attitude Era, we really pushed the envelope creatively. I just think the business was a lot more protected back then, and it was a grittier product, which is what I thrive on.”
Steve Austin then praised all the WWE Superstars who carried on performing throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
“That said, all due respect to all the men and women of WWE for working through the pandemic, and without crowds. When you watch the football games even with even 25 capacity of crowds, those fans really affect your performance.
“This is especially true in professional wrestling because that’s how you get your feedback in your decision-making process. I miss the crowds. But yes, it is a different product today.”
Randy Orton recently asked Steve Austin on Twitter to have him on Austin’s Broken Skulls Sessions podcast.