During a recent appearance on Sam Roberts’ Wrestling Podcast, Old School WWF Legend “Stone Cold” Steve Austin was asked if fellow Old School WWF Legend “The Immortal” Hulk Hogan ruined his legacy by wrestling past his prime.
Below is what the former 6 time World Wrestling Federation Champion said:
“That’s interesting. I get asked the question, ‘is he ruining his legacy?’ and I think I always respected what that guy did with his career, an unbelievable box office draw and a charismatic performer that so many people grew up watching and idolized.
A lot of respect for him and that as far as what he did. I don’t like to talk too much about what are these guys doing still in the ring. That’s a personal decision. I made mine to get out and I live with that decision. I’m cool with it and I’m sure he’s cool with what he’s doing if he’s still doing it.
Me and Terry don’t trade phone calls. We’re not the best of friends. We’re not enemies. People say what they want to say or try to stir up animosity. I don’t hold anything against the guy.
At the end of the day, we’re two of the guys. We’re pro wrestlers. We have a lot of things in common, and a lot of things that aren’t in common. But he does what he does and I think it is what it is. That’s all I can say.”
The reason I got out of professional wrestling was because my body said, ‘hey Steve, you’ve had enough.’ And, like I tell everybody, and it’s also true, I could get a couple of more years out of my body. I could, but why?
I had a very physical, aggressive style; I took hard, fast, quick bumps; the piledriver in ’96 or ’97, whatever it was, took its toll. Now, I’m 100% as far as doing normal human being stuff, but it was time for me to ride off into the sunset and preserve my health.
And I want to live an active life for 10 to 20, 30 more years doing the stuff that I do, riding my dirt bikes, four-wheelers, and the outdoor stuff that I love to do for a long, long time. And it was just time.”