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Steve Austin Talks About John Cena’s Wrestling Ability, Daniel Bryan And The “It Factor”, ROH & More

– Below are highlights from Steve Austin’ recent appearance on AfterBuzz TV

The Wrestling Industry Today: “It’s a different game out there right now. These kids aren’t getting enough time to tell the whole story…. the product inside the ring is at a more accelerated pace, so what comes with that is not total selling of everything you can sell. You do something to elicit a response… It’s a short attention span theater and guys are moving faster than I’d like them to be, they’re overselling a lot of stuff in the wrong way and underselling stuff in the wrong way as well. Everybody seems to be coming from the same camp these days. That has its pros and its cons.”

Ring of Honor: “I like Ring of Honor, but sometimes these guys overwork themselves and try to go too much into the nuances, the shoulder slapping and the pulling up of the trunks, you know the little time fillers… They almost go back to a caricature of what was real deal wrestling. I do like the product.”

Daniel Bryan and the “It Factor”: “You’ve got to have it. You look at a cat like Daniel Brian, who is a hard worker, can wrestle, can tell a great story. The it factor was undiscovered. It has been discovered and now this kid is having great success with super strong talent.”

John Cena’s Wrestling Ability: “Cena can have a great match with anybody, but he needs somebody who can bring it out of him.”

  • poko

    These are really, really good comments by Austin. I was never the biggest fan of the “Stone Cold” character but, now that he can speak his mind, it’s obvious that he has an excellent understanding of wrestling.

    One of the things that I dislike about the WWE, relative to old-school promotions, is that the avenues to get yourself over are damned few. It basically requires that you have the backing of someone in management, like Sheamus, or that you are just that damned good, like Daniel Bryan–and even then, you still need luck. Back in the day, the talent was given the opportunity to get themselves over, often with the help of a professional like Okerlund or Schiavone. Even the losers were given a chance to communicate their personalities after a match.

    As for Cena, I absolutely agree. With a Punk, a Jericho, or a Michaels, he can put on a spectacular show. He works hard, sells, and takes bumps. Unfortunately, though, he rarely seems able to carry a lesser talent to a great match. He often struggles to pull out an interesting match against other power wrestlers and his timing against smaller, quicker wrestlers often appears late. I don’t dislike Cena, I just feel that these weaknesses make him a bad candidate for long title runs. Ric Flair in his heyday could tell a compelling story and pull a memorable match out of just about anyone–Sam Houston, for instance ( ) (Seriously, the storytelling is incredible). Cena, not so much.