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Steve Austin Recalls Winning King Of The Ring Because Of Triple H Being Punished

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After Chris Jericho recently appeared on Stone Cold Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Sessions on the WWE Network, it was now time to switch the roles, so Jericho invited Austin to appear on his weekly Talk Is Jericho podcast.

They talked about Steve’s legendary World Wrestling Federation career and how Triple H being punished for the infamous MSG Curtain Call eventually led to the birth of Austin 3:16 when Stone Cold became the 1996 King of the Ring.

Here’s what The Rattlesnake had to say:

“There’s so many things that I just fluked up on because I was never going to be the chosen guy, guys that Vince had brought in and said, you’re going to be a World Champion. Ain’t nobody ever told me that.

I went to Vince’s house three times before I finally signed with New York because I needed the money. When I won King of the Ring, it’s because those guys hugged at The Garden.

Those guys went south. Shawn [Michaels] was the World Champion. Triple H was going to win King of the Ring. Vince couldn’t punish his World Champion, who already had a bad attitude. So he punished Hunter.

I was walking across the parking lot to TV in Boston, Worcester and Lowell, Massachusetts, and Vince says behind me, ‘Hey Steve, you got a second? I just want to let you know in two weeks, you’re gonna win King of the Ring.’ I said, alright, cool. So it was just these fluke things that would happen.

Vince is the greatest promoter that ever lived. You know how smart that guy is and all of a sudden, he sees dollar signs, and he smells money like he did with you and Shawn, when Vince says, ‘I smell money.’ People are like, ‘What’s that mean?’ We’re talking box office money. He sees money too.

When all of a sudden, he books something and it turns into something 10 times better than he even thought, he ain’t gonna say sh*t. He can take all the credit he wants.

I kind of outed him on one time. I think it was The Garden, it might have been the night I Stunned him. Vince, he’s talking about whoever the president of the company was.

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