Stone Cold Steve Austin is one of the pivotal reasons why fans remember the Attitude Era. His rivalry with his opponents and the use of his words made him one of the biggest wrestlers of that or any generation. His ‘What?’ chants are still used more than any chant in the WWE.
Austin recently spoke with the legendary Bill Apter and talked about how Brock Lesnar has mastered every space he has been in. He went into pro football and became a legend in the business as he signed with the Minnesota Vikings. He then left for UFC and became a UFC Heavyweight champion.
Love Brock Lesnar. That guy’s been in the game forever. He tried to make pro football. He never really played a whole lot of football. A couple times All-American in wrestling. Almost makes the football team, the Minnesota Vikings. Then he says hey, I’m gonna go fight in the UFC and becomes the UFC Heavyweight Champion and then gets back into the business. He’s still, after over 20 years, the biggest draw, him in Roman, in the business today.
Austin continued to say that Brock has been a draw over the last two decades. Notably, Brock debuted in 2002 and has continued to be a mainstay on television, where the fans love his gimmick. He played a heel and has also worked as a babyface with the boombox Money In The Bank Briefcase. His current role as Cowboy Brock is loved by the fans.
The Texas Rattlesnake believes that no one could pull off a character like The Undertaker for more than three years if anyone else was given the opportunity to play it except Mark Calaway. He continuously re-invented his character and went on to be the top guy for Vince McMahon over the years.
If they gave that gimmick to anybody else, and I’ve told Mark this to his face, it might have lasted two years, maybe three, and then it would have just fell off and no one would have been able to do it like he did. It was a once in a lifetime thing where they caught lightning in a bottle.
The former WWF (now WWE) champion also believes that The Rock has attained success through his passion and devotion to the craft. He is a third-generation superstar who wanted to explore other avenues from wrestling. His look alone got him cast in The Scorpion King and the rest is history. He said:
Who would have figured, but you know, I think that’s what he had his sights set on. He’s a third generation pro wrestler, so he got into the business because of a passion for the business and then also saw the light on the other side, or the light at the end of the tunnel. That first tunnel was maybe that first Scorpion King movie. I think it only took just one screenshot of him looking like a movie star, this larger than life character that he was in and that movie, The Mummy or whatever it was, you know what I’m talking about.
Steve Austin obviously has a lot to say about the pro wrestling world. As time goes on we’ll have to see what insight the Texas Rattlesnake can provide next.
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