'WWE '13': 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin speaks, part one

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December 19, 2012

The reviews are in, and THQ’s revolutionary “WWE ’13” is a bona fide smash-hit among fans and critics, thanks in large part to its incredible Attitude Era campaign mode. With that in mind, WWE.com decided to catch up with the catalyst of that time period, WWE Hall of Famer “Stone Cold” Steve Austin.

In this candid two-part interview, Austin talks to Extreme Announcer Joey Styles about the heyday of The Attitude Era, his wars with Mr. McMahon and even his thoughts on current Superstars like John Cena. As always, “Stone Cold” is honest and open, and nothing is off limits.

WWE.COM: You will be forever associated with The Attitude Era. What was it about you and your personality that made you the guy for that time period?

“STONE COLD” STEVE AUSTIN: That’s a damn good question; I don’t know if I’ve got the answer for it. I guess I was just an entertaining guy. It’s hard for me to answer that question, because it’s cool to be that guy. But I’m not gonna sit here and blow smoke up my a**. I guess I just turned it up to be loud and aggressive, and I meant what I said and I did what I said.

I think the character of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, he was a pretty honest and straight-shooting cat, and he was digging and scratching and clawing to get to the top in the business that he loved and it showed in the work and in the persona I created.

That’s the best that I can figure. I was the guy who did it.

WWE.COM: Well, without “blowing smoke,” we can say that it was magical to watch. And sure, you were all business, but it looked like you were having a lot of fun in your war against Mr. McMahon. Is that fair to say?

AUSTIN: Oh yeah, man, that was a great time. I had a good time every time I went to work, and that was back in the day when we were on the road [even more than Superstars today]. It was just a blast to go to work every single night, and not just on Monday Night Raw or on a pay-per-view, and it was a blast going to WWE Live Events, because that was all that you did, that’s what you focused on.

You’d get out on the road, be gone for three weeks and be dying to get home, but as soon as you got home, you’re bored and itching to get back on the road. So it was just a great time in the business. The window that I happened to slide in at — I’m very appreciative that I came along when I did.

WWE.COM: Is there a Superstar you didn’t get to work with during that time that you would have liked to work with?

AUSTIN: It’s always fun to think about what it would have been like if me and Goldberg had gotten into the ring, to see what would have happened if me and Hollywood Hogan got involved in serious matches, and not in a one-off match. It would have been fun to have worked with a guy like Ultimate Warrior, it would have been fun to do a bunch of matches with Randy Savage, or [Ric] Flair — I would have liked to work a high-profile series with him.

Hell, just because Bruno Sammartino just threw me under the bus a couple of months ago, it would’ve been to fun to work with him. You talk about the entertainment aspect, that’s what wrestling’s all about.

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