WWE Hall of Famer Stone Cold Steve Austin recently teased having a match.
Steve Austin wants a match
He jokingly spoke about squaring off against Hall of Fame journalist Bill Apter and J.J. Dillon in a tag team match. The wrestling veteran will be inducted into the International Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame this year. Bill Apter recently stated that Austin was missing from the Hall of Fame ceremony last year because he couldn’t find a tag team partner to face him and J.J. Dillon for the tag team championships.
In an interview with Sportskeeda Wrestling, the former six-time WWE Champion also joined the banter and said that he stayed away from the event because he did not want to cross paths with Apter and Dillon:
“Man, if I could have found a partner tough enough, I thought we would give you guys a run for your money. Y’all might have retained but then again, you might have dropped them as well we’ll never know. I couldn’t find a partner tough enough to mesh with my brawling style and y’all’s technical proficiency,” Austin said.
During the hilarious back-and-forth, Austin also put Bill over as a straight shooter in the ring. The Texas Rattlesnake even joked about returning to the ring at WWE WrestleMania 39 to face Apter in some capacity:
“It’s a scary thing. I’ve got to stay away from a guy like you. A real stretcher and a shooter. I got the bad wheels. If you lock something in on me, I might be prone to tap. But then again, I am Stone Cold, I don’t tap. Who knows what would’ve happened. Maybe WrestleMania 39 in LA,” the Hall of Famer added.
Austin also stated that he was honored to be on the same level as some of the greats in the business. He also shared his thoughts on some of his fellow inductees.
“He was pretty crafty in the ring,” Austin said of Karl Gotch. “Man, one of the greats. Shoot wrestler, Billy Robinson – tough as nails. I would’ve loved to have been in the ring with him. I’ve heard so many stories about him and I’ve watched a lot of his videos on YouTube. So he was really amazing. I would’ve enjoyed working with Billy Robinson,” Austin said.
The Texas Rattlesnake further addressed former NWA Worlds Heavyweight Champion Dory Funk Jr.:
“Oh man. So much history with the Funk family. Of course, me being from Texas, them coming out of West Texas and so many people coming out of the Funkin’ Dojo. So, hey Dory. I can’t see you but you’re a legend and I’ve always looked up to you and admired your body of work,” he added.