“It S****d, It Was Hard”- Stone Cold Details a Rare Disagreement With Vince McMahon

Published 12/20/2020, 12:56 AM EST


“Stone Cold” Steve Austin is one of the most popular WWE Superstars of all time. His mere presence defined the Attitude Era, and the crowd pops are still insane every time fans hear the broken glass. 

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Despite his friendship with WWE Chairman Vince McMahon, Steve Austin did have a disagreement quite recently with the boss. In fact, it came this year on 3:16 day. 

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In an interview on The Pat McAfee Show, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin revealed his dissatisfaction with the segment on the episode.

“It was really strange, and I wasn’t happy with the creative because I wanted to sit down and maybe do an interview with Byron Saxton or something to talk about something that was a shoot,” explained Austin.

‘The Rattlesnake’ was scripted to deliver a Stunner to interviewer Byron Saxton but wanted another route. He tried to convince McMahon to change the script. 

 “Vince says, ‘God damn, Steve, people are just gonna be in a bad way. Go out there and entertain them and do this promo.’ I went back to his trailer three times. So, anyway, I ended up doing the promo, it s***ed, it was hard,” admitted the former WWE Champion. 

“Stone Cold” Steve Austin has no bitter feelings towards Vince McMahon

“Stone Cold” Steve Austin assured fans that he held no grudge against McMahon. He has respect for the Chairman and his decisions. However, seeing those stunners without a crowd roar was something odd. 

While Vince McMahon wanted to boost viewership through the typical Stone Cold content, ‘The Rattlesnake’ had a more practical, lockdown friendly approach in mind. 

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Saxton ended up getting Stunned three times, while The Street Profits each got 2. Becky Lynch stood by the side the entire time and delivered a stunner herself. 

Needless to say, 3:16 day could have gone a lot better. It’s hard to judge if it really could have done better without the fans. A critical element of Austin’s character was absent that day.  

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Luke Dias is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports, having published more than 1000 articles on professional wrestling. Having completed courses in Advanced Writing from the University of California and Media and Ethics from the University of Amsterdam, Luke is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Journalism from Xavier’s College. His tremendous knowledge of WWE history enables him to make past connections, adding depth to the articles.

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