• Stone Cold Steve Austin On How He Got More Money Out Of Vince McMahon
Old School WWF Legend Stone Cold Steve Austin was interviewed on Busted Open Radio, where he spoke about royalty payments for his famous Austin 3:16 merchandise, that first started selling in 1996, after his iconic King of the Ring speech.
Here’s what The Texas Rattlesnake had to say:
“You know, when I say ‘hey, here’s the first shirt’ and we came out with it, I had a little conversation with Vince. I remember getting a royalty check and I was like ‘look at that royalty check’ and I was looking at all those shirts out there and I was saying ‘hey man, this ain’t matching up.’
I went to Vince and had a conversation with him and I increased my percentage. And that’s a rare thing. At that point I kind of worked hand in hand with the art department. I’d kick in ideas and they’d shoot me a rendering and I’d say ‘no no, like this.’
So I just took it upon myself. And because it was a lot easier for talent to be hands on with merch back in the day. But I saw the value in that shirt and I didn’t think the percentages added up. That was a key business move. I never like talking contracts, money with Vince and stuff like that. But that was something I needed to address and I’m glad I did because I increased my merch.
I’m not around today’s current system. I thought someone got let go because they went off script recently. Maybe they were going to get let go anyway, I don’t know. It was a different time, it was still the wild west back then. And here’s the thing; I think even if you went off script in this day and age, if you go out there and you hit a double grand slam, walk off, game, series winning promo, I think everybody’s going to be happy about it.
That promo, at the time, if you watch that promo, I was on the way to getting over. I wasn’t over, over yet. And when I said ‘Austin 3:16 says I just whooped your a$$’, and I love that Milwaukee Mecca arena, that crowd was the biggest pop I got from saying that one line.
So I think if you knock one out of the park and everybody knows it, I think you’re cool. But if you just go out there and its kind of good, maybe you’re showing some potential. But you know it is a different system. I don’t know how tight they make the talent stick to that, but hey, I’m just lucky I came around when I did. And I was never afraid to push the envelope or go out on a limb.
Once I started evolving into that Stone Cold Steve Austin character, man I knew I wasn’t the biggest guy on the roster, the most talented guy, the best looking, nothing. But I knew I had enough things that if I did everything I could and executed at a high level, I could get over.”
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• ON THIS DAY IN WWE HISTORY (July 10, 2003) – WWE SmackDown!
On this day in 2003, World Wrestling Entertainment aired another episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWE SmackDown!’.
This episode was broadcasted from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and featured matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWE Vengeance 2003’ PPV.
Here’s the match-card:
1. Billy Kidman & Rey Mysterio vs. The Acolytes vs. The Basham Brothers vs. Johnny Stamboli & Chuck Palumbo
2. Chris Benoit & Rhyno vs. Matt Hardy & Shannon Moore
3. Eddie Guerrero vs. Ultimo Dragon
4. Billy Gunn & Torrie Wilson vs. Jamie Noble & Nidia
5. The Big Show, Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin vs. Brock Lesnar