“He Just Felt It Wasn’t Right” – Stone Cold Didn’t Want to Work With a Former WWE Superstar

Published 06/11/2021, 4:56 AM EDT


“Stone Cold” Steve Austin has a habit of doing things his own way. It is like a trademark of his to go against authority. The feud between him and Vince McMahon was the highlight of the attitude era. But what happens when Stone Cold refuses to work a match? Jim Ross has the answer.

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In a recent episode of his “Grilling Jr” podcast, good ‘ol JR revealed how Steve Austin did not want to wrestle a Marc Mero in a live show in the late ’90s.

Stone Cold Steve Austin – Photo by Jesse Grant/WireImage.com/ABC (Photo by Jesse Grant/WireImage)

He said, “He didn’t wanna work with Marc Mero. He didn’t give me a specific reason, he just felt it wasn’t right. That’s all he said, ‘It’s just not right.’ So Vince said, ‘You mean he didn’t wanna work with him?’ I said, ‘I don’t know what the deal is.’ I was on the phone with him trying to talk him off the ledge, so the decision to do these things were mine. If you’re gonna get hot at anybody, get hot at me, not Austin. My job is to keep the talent happy and productive.” (H/t SportsKeeda)

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According to Ross, Vince McMahon did not lay down a punishment for Austin following the incident.

Steve Austin did not want to work with Brian Pillman

Another on the list of Steve Austin’s list of unwanted matchups was Brian Pillman. But contrary to Mero, Pillman was ‘The Texas Rattlesnake‘s tag team partner. You might find it hard to believe, but before Steve Austin was “Stone Cold”, he was “Stunning”.

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Stone Cold Steve Austin “Wasn’t Thrilled At All” About His Tag Team With Brian Pillman

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In an episode of Vice’s ‘Dark Side Of The Ring,’ Austin revealed how he and Brian came to be known as the infamous duo of the ‘Hollywood Blonds’. In the documentary, Austin says,

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“I had nothing against Brian but it’s like — I was a singles wrestler. I enjoyed working — with another guy in the ring and only having to depend on myself. — they didn’t have no name planned for us, no this, no that. It was two singles guys and they were gonna throw us together as an interim tag team.”

According to Austin, WWE did so basically to get other people over. They didn’t have plans for Brian, and they didn’t have plans for Steve Austin.

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Aditya Pran Mahanta

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Aditya Pran Mahanta is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Arts degree. Being a sports fanatic, he has played at the state level badminton in his younger years but his love for WWE overtook all other passions. Being a decade-long wrestling fan, he relishes the older wrestlers and wishes that the newer generation had the same Edge. He is a passionate fan of Rey Mysterio for his high flying style, Edge for being The Ultimate Opportunist, and Razor Ramon because nobody messes with the Bad Guy!

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