• Stone Cold Reveals Which Movie Character Inspired His ‘Ringmaster’ Buzzcut
During a recent edition of The Steve Austin Show, WWE Hall Of Famer “Stone Cold” Steve Austin revealed which movie character inspired his Ringmaster buzzcut, if being a pro wrestler is hard & more.
Below are the highlights:
On which movie character inspired his Ringmaster buzzcut:
“Fast forward all those years, I came in as ‘The Ringmaster’ and I had that buzzcut and that was inspired by the Pulp Fiction movie, Bruce Willis’s character, and that one night, I’ve told this story many times, but we were working Pittsburgh [Pennsylvania], Mellon Arena, and I was traveling with Dustin Rhodes, Goldust, and I said, ‘man, eff it, I’m going to shave all this s*** off, can’t see it either way.’ I grew in the goatee, came up with the ‘Stone Cold’ gimmick, and that’s when all of the pieces started falling into place.
That’s when I got some direction. I’d just seen a light at the end of the tunnel. It turns out losing my hair was the best thing that ever happened to me. ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin would not have been ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin had that hair remained. Bald head plus ‘Stone Cold’, great gimmick, hard work, great storylines, great creative, great opponents, equals money. And that’s the bottom line.”
On if being a pro wrestler is hard:
“Haha! It’s hard as s***! There ain’t nothing easy about being a professional wrestler. You can be the best damn athlete in the world, come from a football background, a track background, basketball, baseball, wrestling. Mister, learning to be a professional wrestler is not an easy task. Just the mechanics of it, the psychology of it, the character development part of it… it took me, hell, it took me seven-and-a-half years to put all the pieces together. Yeah, I was a pretty good mechanic at a year, a year-and-a-half in the business, [but] the psychology of it needed some work. If I was in there with somebody, I could have a good match, but, man, to get to the top, it’s just like an AC/DC song, ‘it’s a long way to the top if you want to rock and roll.'”
On comparing ‘The Attitude Era’ to ‘The PG Era’ being unfair:
“I watch the business for what it is these days. I know that everything has changed. Everything [has] evolved or just gotten a little bit faster. So I watch it for what it is and I enjoy it for what it is, as long as they can give me stories where I can suspend my disbelief. I want to watch as a fan. I don’t want to watch as a grizzled veteran. I guess I did that for a couple of years, but I’m done doing that now.
Now, I just watch as a fan and it’s fun when you can watch WWE Superstars or someone you know in the business rip it up and you can send them a direct message or a text message to say, ‘man, lights out match – that was awesome’, is a pretty cool thing to do, so the business is what the business is in this day and age as I record this podcast in 2018. And I had my time. My time ended in 2003, so many things have changed, many years have gone by, but I dig it. It’s not really fair to [compare generations], so I just enjoy it.”
• WWE Planning Huge Return For WrestleMania 35?
During a recent interview with Sky Sports UK, WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels was asked about a possible return to the ring.
HBK said that he would be willing to do a one-off if it’s a tag team match with his partner being Triple H:
“I’ve been retired for eight years now and when it got to the five-year mark I thought people would start asking me but they just kind of stopped. I think it’s one of those that you would never say never about and if it was just for a one-off then it’s something that I would take a look at.
It would have to be done the right way and just for one match rather than something that ran for longer. It could be possible but people would have to accept they wouldn’t be getting the Showstopper, Mr WrestleMania, and that I’m 52 years old now.
If it was the Shawn Michaels of 10 years ago I would love to have gotten in the ring with so many of the guys that are competing today. AJ Styles and Daniel Bryan would be good, and then there’s the guys in NXT too. Someone like a Johnny Gargano would be fantastic. But for a one-off match now, I’d need it to be a tag-team match where Hunter (Triple H) and I can just do a few crotch chops and have some fun.”
According to Slice Wrestling, WWE officials are already considering Shawn’s idea of him teaming up with Triple H to face another tag team in a match at WrestleMania 35 next year.
Shawn Michaels Has Openly Stated That He Is Open To The Idea Of Returning For Another Match Which Is Already Being Discussed, A Tag-Team Match Shawn Michaels And Triple H vs A To Be Determined Tag Team At #WrestleMania35 pic.twitter.com/isnrk4PSFQ
— SW (@SliceWrestling) June 21, 2018