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Stone Cold On If He Ever Turned Down Risky Angles During The Attitude Era

Stone Cold Steve Austin WWF Champion

• Old School NWA Veteran Would Have Celebrated His Birthday

Today would have been the 58th birthday of Old School NWA Legend “Nature Boy” Buddy Landel (Real name: William Ensor).

Buddy Landel wrestled for various territories during the 70s, 80s & 90s, including Mid South Wrestling, Jim Crockett Promotions, the United States Wrestling Association, Smoky Mountain Wrestling, … & many more, before he even had brief stints in the World Wrestling Federation in 1995, 1996 & 1999.

Landel won several championships during his career, such as the USWA Heavyweight Championship, the SMW Heavyweight Championship, the NWA National Heavyweight Championship, the NWA Mid-America Heavyweight Championship, the AWA Southern Heavyweight Championship , among many other titles.


August 14, 1961 – June 22, 2015

• Stone Cold On If He Ever Turned Down Risky Angles During The Attitude Era

During an appearance on Sam Roberts’ Notsam podcast, WWE Hall of Famer “Stone Cold” Steve Austin talked about risky angles during the Attitude Era, Brian Pillman pulling out a gun & more.

Below are the highlights:

On if he ever shot down any edgy angles during the Attitude Era:

“Man, that actual incident [where he made Vince McMahon wet himself by holding a fake gun to his head], I was like, ‘Man, if I hold a gun to his head, it’s kind of graphic.

I was thinking about one of the times when me and Kane were going to have a First Blood match, and he’d say if he lost the match, he’s gonna set himself on fire. And I’m thinking, ‘Okay, if I go out there and endorse this, people are gonna be setting themselves on fire.’ Because I thought people might be taking some of these things a little too literally or seriously.

So along the way, there were a couple of things that were kind of, so edgy I kind of thought, ‘Yeah, there could be repercussions from this.’ But at the end of the day, I always said, ‘Let’s go for it.’”

On the Brian Pillman gun angle:

“You would think that I would have said ‘Hey,’ when they said ‘Hey, well you’re going to bust into Pillman’s house and you’re gonna break out his window with a baseball bat and then Pillman’s gonna pull a gun on you, and maybe shots are fired or maybe they’re not fired.’ You know, they got in a lot of trouble for that … and no pun intended, but it was like a shoot.

And people were like, ‘Oh, you crossed the line.’ It’s like when you’re wrestling, when you cross a line because of what you are, and I was kind of like, being construed as being so real, that’s why we crossed the line. But I loved that angle.”

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