Saturday, January 21, 2017

Stone Cold Steve Austin Reveals How Vince McMahon Convinced Donald Trump to Take the Stunner

WWE Hall of Famer “Stone Cold” Steve Austin did an interview Complex this week.

During the appearance Austin talked about his podcast, but also recalled how him and Vince McMahon got President Donald Trump to take the Stunner at WrestleMania 23. Below are some interview highlights:


How they broached the Stunner to Trump:

“Vince says to me, ‘Steve, I’m going to see if I can get Donald to take the Stunner,’” Austin recalls, referring to his signature finishing move, where he kicks an opponent in the gut then performs a sit-down jawbreaker. “I said, ‘you think?’ He says, ‘Oh yeah, it’ll be great, it’ll be great.’ He goes up to Donald and says, ‘Hey Donald, this is Stone Cold Steve Austin.’ I shook Donald’s hand. He goes, ‘Listen, I want to know if after the match, when everything is done, if Steve could hit the Stone Cold Stunner on you.’ Donald says, ‘You think it’d be a good thing?’ and Vince goes, ‘Oh, of course it would be. It would just blow the roof off the place.’ And Donald’s right hand guy was saying, ‘No, no, no! You don’t need to do this, we got other things to do!’ He’s trying to talk him out of it. And Donald says to Vince, ‘You think it’ll help?’ and Vince goes, ‘I promise you it’ll help.’ And Donald says, ‘Okay, I’ll do it.’

On how Trump actually took the move:

“It wasn’t a picture-perfect stunner,” Austin says, “but I give Donald Trump a hell of a lot of credit for being a man. He was a stand-up guy, he was there to do business and we did business, so I respect the man for that. If I see him giving a speech on the TV, I don’t think, ‘Hey, I gave this guy a stunner.’ We were doing business and we did business. The fact that he is going to be the next President of the United States, it’s a hell of a story.”

On the difference between young wrestlers working on the road versus today’s system:

“You still have your independent scene but those guys aren’t working five to seven nights a week like we were in WCW or in USWA,” says Austin. “We were working six or seven times a week. You get good a lot faster when you doing something every single night.”

“They (WWE) have NXT and FCW as a training camp in Orlando, but a training camp is a training camp, and it’s world class,” he says, “but when you’re out there on the road slugging it out, and you got to make money, it seems to just pour into you in a more dynamic fashion.”


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