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Scott Hall Talks About Him Not Being Steve Austin’s First Choice For WrestleMania 18 Match, Being In “Tito Santana Spot”

During a recent interview with Chael Sonnen’s “You’re Welcome” podcast, WWE Hall of Famer Scott Hall talked about if he had any heat with fellow Hall of Famer “Stone Cold” Steve Austin as he was not Austin’s first choice for WrestleMania 18, the MSG Curtain Call incident and more.

Below are the highlights:

On the origins of the MSG curtain call:

“I’m in there talking to Vince and he goes, ‘well, you go down there and get that son of a b—h’s money’ and then Shawn Michaels bursts in and he goes, ‘hey, I want Razor and Triple H to come out after my match’ and Vince went, ‘is it important to you?’ and Michaels went, ‘yes’. McMahon goes, ‘well, make it happen’. So that’s what we did.”

On being in the “Tito Santana spot” during his era:

“I actually found myself in what I call ‘the Tito Santana spot’, like, the upper middle babyface, as Razor Ramon, where they’re building heels to either work with Diesel or then later Shawn Michaels, so as you squash the other guys, now you move up the ladder. Now you’re going to have a match with Razor and I was the guy where, if you had a good match with me, you moved up, and if you didn’t, you moved down. I was kind of like the Tito Santana of my era.”

On if he had any heat with Steve Austin, who said Scott Hall wasn’t his first choice for his WrestleMania X8 opponent:

“Austin felt like he should have been wrestling Hulk Hogan and it would have been fine with me. I would have certainly wrestled The Rock and I would have been cool with that, but I didn’t make those decisions, Vince McMahon did. Vince made the decision to have Rock wrestle Hulk and he looked at me and Kevin Nash, and he goes, ‘I’ll have one of you, probably Scott, wrestle Steve with the other guy on the outside’.”

On he and Austin both struggling through personal issues at the time:

“Steve was going through, outside the ring, really bad times and he told me later, like, he was going through what ended up being a divorce from his wife at that time, Debra, and stuff. And for me, the only thing I had to look forward to was the ring because my personal life wasn’t doing that great, so my fake life was what I was holding onto.

My real life wasn’t doing that good, so the stuff in the ring wasn’t that pleasing. Those weren’t my best matches or Steve’s either. We actually talked about it recently. We get along and communicate a lot better now than when we were wrestling.”

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