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

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December 26, 2012

WWE.COM: Paul Heyman played a big role in the creative process behind “WWE ’13.” What are your thoughts on Heyman? On the original ECW?

AUSTIN: I always give credit to Paul for helping me to understand what a promo was. And giving me a chance to cut them and giving me the confidence and the platform to cut promos. Man, if it hadn’t been for Paul Heyman offering me a job in ECW, I don’t know if “Stone Cold” would have ever been.

You look at those rosters they used to have down in ECW, and they had some damn good talent, and they also had a bunch of misfits. Damn near all of them? Damn good promos.

And that was a product of working with Paul Heyman, and Paul Heyman working — however he worked — with each individual talent. I can’t speak to that because I only know how Paul worked with me, but you look at all the great promos that came out of that territory, and I remember watching ECW when I could find it on TV and watching a lot of the old VHS tapes or whatever it was back in the day. Man, that was a badass show with a lot of energy, a lot of attitude and testosterone.

Paul Heyman — I give him that “G” word. I give him that “genius” word. I got nothing but respect for that guy. He’s an old buddy from back in the day, when we met in WCW and he was my manager and we drove down the road together.

WWE.COM: Speaking of interviews, what was the single greatest promo in sports-entertainment history in your opinion?

AUSTIN: Man, the single greatest promo in wrestling history? Man, I don’t know if I could say a single best promo.

The thing about “the single greatest promo” or “the single greatest match” or “the single greatest wrestler” — man, that’s largely subjective. That’s why I love to see everybody’s top five or 10 lists, because it’s all subjective, and they range.

So you ask me the greatest promo of all time? I’m gonna give you a three-word answer: I don’t know.

What’s your best promo of all time?           

WWE.COM: I don’t know, it’s a hard question. We hadn’t thought about it either. Interviews that have a lot of reality behind them, like, most recently, CM Punk’s first “pipe bomb.”

AUSTIN: Man, I tell you what. You always hear people talking about the top three or five promo list, and not one of them has Jerry “The King” Lawler. Hell, Lawler was one of the best promos ever. Ricky Morton used to cut a good promo. Dusty Rhodes. Ric Flair.

But anyway, do I know the greatest promo of all time? No, I sure don’t. I’ve heard a bunch of them, and there’s no way I could sit here and try to do it justice, and I’m not gonna BS my way around it — I don’t know.

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