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Stone Cold Steve Austin’s Special Friend Reveals How Hulk Hogan Feud Could Have Threatened Dizzying Attitude Era Success

Published 05/20/2022, 12:21 PM EDT

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Stone Cold Steve Austin and Hulk Hogan had been two of the most important wrestlers in WWE’s history. They’ve given the WWE universe countless memorable moments. However, they never had such a feud against each other. In the latest episode of Grilling JR, Austin’s friend Jim Ross revealed how the Hulk Hogan and Austin’s feud may have jeopardized the success of the Attitude Era.

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Talking on the podcast with Conrad Thompson, Ross stated, “I never had great confidence that match whatever happened within have a long enough program and storyline to crescendo it and peak it at a pay-per-view. And we were not in that mode at that point in time. You know, you don’t if you’re going to rebuild a legend like Hogan, and I use that rebuilds this because I don’t have a better term in my head, right.”


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Ross added, “You don’t want to relaunch him [Hogan] simply with a plan in mind to beat him. You know, you’re gonna beat him and sooner than later, but everybody loses at some point in time. And it’s imperative for the storytelling to have most sides of the issue, little Jeopardy and all these things.”

Ross claimed that if Austin didn’t actually believe the opponent could perform to the standards, he would immediately ask to not engage in that particular storyline. In addition, Austin believed Hulk Hogan could get the matches he desired. Since their styles differed and they just clashed slightly.

Austin admitted that not feuding with Hulk Hogan was one of his biggest career regrets


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They are two of the most legendary WWE Superstars of all time. While Hogan was WWE’s face from the 1980s through the early 1990s, Austin controlled the company in the late 1990s. However, these legends had never squared off against each other in a one-on-one contest. However, they only met once, during Raw’s Tag Team match.

On his podcast with Hogan, he mentioned that not feuding with him was one of his biggest career mistakes. He stated, “I was in such a different headspace when that window of opportunity presented itself. Sometimes I kick myself in the ass over it. I was so frazzled towards the end and was just in a bad space. It never happened. And it should have happened.”


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Adarsh Ojha


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Adarsh Ojha is a WWE and AEW Author at EssentiallySports. Before joining EssentiallySports, he gained valuable experience at Zee Entertainment and Awadh TV as a copywriter. An ardent fan of John Cena, Adarsh has earned his bachelor's degree in Broadcast and Communication.
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Vibhanshu Kumar