Stone Cold Steve Austin was one of the pivotal reasons why fans switched from WCW to WWF. Austin’s character was a representation of how people felt in life, and they saw him as one man who could vent out their feelings and frustrations between the ropes.
The Toughest SOB had issues with authority, and would never do anything as told. He applied the Don’t Trust Anybody approach and loved to drink beer after he stomped a mudhole in someone and walked it dry.
The Texas Rattlesnake was effective in everything he did. He recently spoke with Bill Apter about his health and his career. Austin said that he loves professional wrestling more than anything else. If he had the time and the possibility then he wouldn’t retire at age 38.
Believe me, retiring at 38 was the toughest, one of the toughest things I’ve ever had to do, walk away from the business that I love so much. This is one of the things that I love more than anything in my life. I have my family, and of course, they are very close to me, but professional wrestling, you want to call it Sports Entertainment, it’s all the same to me. This is one of my biggest, if not the biggest, passions of my life. So it was very hard for me to walk away at 38 years of age.
WWF was booming thanks to him, and he was the hottest wrestler in all of wrestling or sports entertainment. When talking about his neck injury the former co-general manager of Monday Night Raw said that he wished things were not how they turned out to be.
Austin pointed out that if things would have been different and his youthful days would have been by his side, then his run would have lasted a lot longer than it did. Austin speaks his mind clearly and is always ready to spend some time between the ropes.
There is no telling as to what I would have done had everything else played out the same with respect to the development of the character. But you know, things along the way, getting dropped my head forced me to turn into a brawler but god, if I could have had that kind of physicality and you know, that kind of health that I had in my youth. The run would have lasted a lot longer.
Austin returned to the ring for a match at WrestleMania 38. Only time will tell if the Texas Rattlesnake is down for another match, but he sure capped off his incredible career with a bullet mark in Dallas, Texas.
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