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What Did The Fiend Do After SmackDown Went Off The Air? Steve Austin On Walking Away From Wrestling Being Extremely Hard

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• Old School Wrestling Veteran Celebrates His Birthday

Today would have been the 52nd birthday of Old School ECW Veteran Big Dick Dudley (Real name: Alex Rizzo).

He was considered the leader of the Dudley Family in Paul Heyman’s Extreme Championship Wrestling, where he wrestled from 1994 till 1999.

Big Dick Dudley was married to ECW Diva Elektra, but they divorced shortly before he passed away in 2002.


January 12, 1968 – May 16, 2002

• Steve Austin On Walking Away From Wrestling Being Extremely Hard

During a recent interview with Bleacher Report, WWE Hall of Famer “Stone Cold” Steve Austin talked about how hard it was to walk away from Wrestling.

Below is what Austin said:

“They always ask me, ‘Do you miss it?’ No, man, because it’s been so long now that…I mean, I have to be over it now.

But there is a small part of me, even though I don’t live in the past, that says, ‘Man, when you’re 38 years old, man, in wrestling, you’re really in your prime.’ All of the learning that I’d done, working angles, talking promos, psychology with the crowd. You’re really honed up at that age.

And so to walk away from the table at seemingly a prime-time age was very, very tough for me to do, at many levels.

I spent a lot of time hunting, fishing and drinking. Just trying to deal with it. To walk away from the business was hard. I was talking to Dale Earnhardt Jr. last year on my show on USA Network, about how all the concussions caught up with him, he had to pull his own plug. A doctor wasn’t going to tell him, ‘Hey, you need to quit.’ He pulled the plug on himself. I did the same thing.

A doctor didn’t look me in the eyes and say, ‘Steve, you must retire now.’ It was a decision I had to make for myself.

When you’re flying high, and you’re this bada$$, tough-a$$ Stone Cold guy, and all your peers are just as tough as you, and you’re riding down the road doing something you’re so passionate about and you love so much, it would be anybody’s dream to live that kind of life. And all of a sudden you’ve got to make a decision to take yourself out of the game. It was extremely hard to deal with.”

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• What Did The Fiend Do After SmackDown Went Off The Air?

During last Friday’s SmackDown dark main event (which happens after 205 Live goes off the air), The Fiend defeated Daniel Bryan in about 4 minutes to retain the Universal Championship.

Fiend used the Sister Abigail to pick up the win over Bryan.

The Fiend vs. Daniel Bryan for the Universal Championship is set to take place at Royal Rumble 2020.

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