One of the highlights of the Attitude Era was the bitter and heated rivalry between Stone Cold Steve Austin and Brian Pillman. The most memorable point in their feud was when Austin threatened to invade Pillman’s home, with the Loose Cannon threatening to shoot Austin should he make good on that threat.
Pillman’s son, Brian Pillman Jr., spoke with Chris Van Vliet about working to follow his father into the wrestling business and had a chance to discuss the infamous segment.
I remember being there. I was in the house and the crew guys were like, ‘Hey everybody, stay upstairs,’ and me and my little sister freaking out. Stone Cold is circling the building and trying to find a way in and then all of the sudden we hear the glass break and the rest is history.
Seeing it on TV and that pure emotion, that pure anger of someone invading your home. What would you do? Of course you’d pull out a gun, right? It’s natural, pure, organic stuff.
The WWE, then WWF, was heavily criticized for the segment in the following weeks but continued on with more gritty storytelling that would ultimately launch them into a new age.
You can see the rest of the interview with Pillman Jr. in the video below. Pillman discussed his first year of wrestling, training with Lance Storm, and his mullet.