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Steve Austin Discusses Tough Enough 2, Sting vs. Hogan, Cena vs. Rock & More

– WWE Hall of Famer Steve Austin has a new interview up with The Sun. Here are some highlights:

Another match with CM Punk:
“I think Punk is a great guy. I’d say he looks up to me for what I did in the ring back in the day — and I look up to him for what he is doing now. I’d say it’s a case of mutual respect. I hear the stories and if the stars aligned and all things worked out to benefit us all — the WWE, myself and Punk — I’d say that he is the guy I’d pick to face. I’m sure I could get another match out of this carcass of mine.”

Working WrestleMania 27 and a second season of Tough Enough:
“Mania was a lot of fun. If you can’t be one of the guys in the ring competing, why not be the guy who is pulling the strings in there instead? I enjoyed the experience and it’s always fun to be in a WWE ring. I really get the fans and they still appreciate what I’ve done and continue to do. WWE has changed, it was a lot edgier in my day, but things do move on and that was my time I guess.”

“It’s fun being closer to wrestling again. I loved Tough Enough and hear there may be a second series. If a few other things get ironed out in the company first, I’d say it’s a good 95 per cent guaranteed. My Involvement was a lot more hands on than I expected and I enjoyed that. Wrestling is part of my system. I don’t miss the bumps, the travel grind or the pain, but I do enjoy it when I get back and feel the rush of being in front of a crowd.”

Thoughts on Sting vs. Hulk Hogan & John Cena vs. The Rock:
“A year-long build is something no one has ever done so Cena v Rock will be very interesting. Rock is doing his thing in Hollywood so can’t make every taping, plus you can’t overdo these things. WWE are doing their part and keeping it moving along, but there is still a long time until the pay-off.”

“I’ll be honest, I hadn’t heard about Hogan v Sting. That will be interesting too, I mean Hogan had back surgery didn’t he? They are both great guys. I’m a fan of Sting’s and he can still go with the best of them. I know Hogan well and he still has it when he needs it. It will be a very interesting night at the office that one and I will most certainly be watching Bound For Glory to see how it works out.”

“I get annoyed when people say that such and such should retire, or they shouldn’t compete due to injury or age. I know how it works and many of these guys find it hard to stay out of the ring. Hogan, for example, was put on this world to be there. There may often be money involved when guys step back in the ring, but it’s more about their need to be there than the financial rewards. The other thing is that there are so few people coming up through the ranks who can match the success of guys like Hulk, Flair, Sting or myself. Cena may be the only one who has reached that level — I’ve yet to see another hit that peak yet.”

  • david said so

    hey austin how bout the rock who is as big or even bigger than you taker probably greatest ever hhh hbk even tho he was gone for a while

  • Sumit

    Still dont think that his 5 years stint can be compared to 20 years of carrier that undertaker has

  • breezy

    austin doesnt need to credit hhh because he was still an average guy looking for the right character to fit him. he became what he is in 02 after his injury. undertaker was in his best role in those years but the american bad ass gimmick was stale at first until he switched his music and put those footsteps at the beginning of his entrance. made him more of a phenom

  • Sumit

    I have never seen stone cold giving credit to The undertaker, HHH, and rock when talking about success of attitude era. He was good in attitude era but i guess all 4 should equally be complimented

  • Ryan

    They didn’t grab wrestlers from the indies for years during Austin’s time. They grabbed wrestlers from WCW and ECW and their own stars they had built before the attitude era. The only “Indie” guy they grabbed was……nobody.

  • Effmenow

    It’s cuz the way the WWE operates. Instead of getting guys who have been in the indies for years like they did in the attitude era, they are going out getting models and football stars and training them to do something they are horrible at. The only reason i still watch TNA is because they actually sign indy guys and give them a chance.

    I swear if someone gave Paul Heyman some money and did all of the finacial work, Paul’s new wrestling promotion would take the world by storm.