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Steve Austin Talks Ring Rats, Who Came Up with His ‘Stunning’ Monicker, Getting Fired from WCW

WWE Hall of Famer Stone Cold Steve Austin recently appeared on Paul Mercurio’s 2 Chairs And A Microphone podcast. You can check out the highlights here:

On coming up with his ‘Stunning’ monicker: 

“My progression was a guy in long tights with long blonde hair, clean-shaven face, an okay looking guy. And that would evolve into the black trunks and the leg braces because of the knee injuries, the bald head and the goatee, a total ass kicker, so I morphed through my stages until I ended up with the winning thing.”

On getting fired from WCW:

“Do I hold any animosity towards Bischoff or anything like that? Getting fired was the greatest thing that ever happened to me, but Paul E. helped me harness all that energy and my competitive drive as an athlete and a performer and just focused all of that into one promo.”

On life on the road:

“Starting out on the road, I’m hanging out with guys who have been in the business 10, 15 years and we make our first stop, and, all of a sudden, all these women show up that are following the wrestling show from town to town or different towns have their different ones. I was like, ‘what in the hell is going on?’ because I was always in a relationship with my girlfriend or whatever. This was totally new to me and it wasn’t like I had a tremendous game either. I mean, I just always did my deal and did good, but it wasn’t like I had to go out there and be Laurence Olivier, dropping some smooth rap on somebody. But we get on the road and all that stuff happens. The higher up you are on that card, the stakes increase. The quality gets better.”

You can listen to the full podcast here.

(All transcribed quotes courtesy of Wrestling Inc.)