“Stone Cold” Steve Austin reached a new level of stardom in the ’90s after his classic WrestleMania battle against Shawn Michaels. They were at the peak of their careers and were hence headed for a collision course that took place at WrestleMania 14. While many fans expected this to be a dream match of sorts, it was anything but, according to Steve Austin.
The build-up to the WrestleMania 14 match between Michaels and Steve Austin is still talked about to this day. This is largely due to the fact that Vince brought in Mike Tyson in order to add a bit more legitimacy to the fight.
Steve Austin defeated Shawn Michaels after the special outside enforcer, Mike Tyson, counted the three count in the ring. Following the match, Tyson turned on Michaels and aligned himself with Austin.
No matter how legendary that match was, Austin, who appeared on UpUpDownDown’s live stream for the WWE 2k23 launch event, said that he hated that match and stated that it wasn’t “a good match at all.
“That was a big deal for me as it is for everybody. The match, on a one to five, is a two. I mean, Shawn, I consider from bell to bell, when the bell rings from the beginning to the end, I consider Shawn to have no peers. Now, Bret as far as realism, you can’t top him. Flair is my traveling World Champion. I mean, he’s the man.
But from bell to bell talent wise, no one can lace Shawn Michaels boots. So to go out there and have a lackluster match with him and in the biggest show of the year, WrestleMania, and that was a sold out show and it’s a small building compared to nowadays, that was a big deal. We had Mike Tyson there.
I remember when Vince told me one time he said, ‘You know, I’m thinking about bringing Mike Tyson in.’ I said, ‘Why are you going to bring in Mike? He’s like, ‘Why am I going to bring in Mike? Because he’s really, really over.’”
“When Mike came in, me and Mike hit it off, and he was over. He brought a lot to it, so it was cool being out there with Mike. Me and Shawn could have had a way better match, but he was in a bad place.
He was injured. I was just red hot. When I got the stunner on him, Mike quick-counted me. He didn’t give me that slow championship pace.”
“But to answer your question, I hated that match. I love Shawn. I have the utmost respect for him, but I don’t consider that to be a good match at all.”
While Austin may not have liked the match, several fans will have fond memories of the match because their beloved Stone Cold Steve Austin emerged victorious. Stay tuned to Ringside News as we bring you similar stories.
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