“Stone Cold” Steve Austin Interview – Paul Heyman’s Role In WWE, Politics In Wrestling & Hollywood, His Future

WWE Hall of Famer “Stone Cold” recently joined The Ministry of Slam for an exclusive interview to promote his new movie “The Package” available on DVD and Blu-Ray March 5. Highlights from the interview are as follows:

His most memorable moment of his career: “Man, you’re talking about trying to pick something from close to a 15-year body of work, but one of the most personal highlights for me would be cutting the promo in the basement of a Holiday Inn with ECW back in 1995. A bunch of the ECW guys were there, and I’d watched them cut their promos. Paul E (Heyman) was there too, and he was the guy who gave me that platform to talk, which I did for around 7 minutes. One take, one time and that was it, I put it all on the line.

“For me to finally get that platform to vent and talk about the frustrations I was feeling, as well as where I aspiring to go, I look back on that as a very important part of both my life and career.”

Thoughts on Paul Heyman’s current role in WWE: “I don’t know how many hats he’s wearing while he’s there, but yes. You can talk to a guy till you’re blue in the face, and if anybody can get through to them, it’s Paul. I mean in terms of getting inside a guy or gal’s head, helping them unlock their potential and letting them see things that they didn’t see themselves. He’s very good at doing that. I think probably the most important thing that he can continue to do is remain there, in that ring, and deliver the kind of electric performance that he’s doing.

So, my point is that if the kids could just sit there and watch that guy work, they’re gonna’ soak that knowledge in. As long as WWE keep Paul around for talent to watch him, and pick his brain afterwards or at lunch – I mean, he’s a valuable asset to the company just as a talent anyway – but what can rub off onto those kids is even more valuable if you ask me.

Similarities between backstage politics in wrestling and Hollywood: “I’m a pretty private, streamlined person, so I don’t really go out and get my nose into a bunch of horseshit in Hollywood – playing the games many people like to play. I live in Los Angeles, but that’s where it starts and stops. I dig the weather and it’s easy to take meetings, which is pretty much it!

“When you have the movie industry and then take professional wrestling, basically the entertainment industry, they are just parallel that run right beside each other. One is a little bit bigger than the other; obviously Hollywood and the movies is a bigger street, but make no mistake, the traps, shenanigans and horseshit are exactly the same as wrestling. To me, they mirror each other.”

His future: “I’ve been 7 months out, healing up my ACL and PCL, so I’m waiting till Summer to film my next action movie. We’ve signed a two-picture deal through my company, Broken Skull Ranch Productions with Anchor Bay Entertainment. I’m looking forward to doing those, because I have full creative control and can let the shit really fly.”

“I’ve also got a couple of other reality TV projects I’m working on which will be released in the next couple of months. I love reality television, the atmosphere that it creates is just a bad-ass and fun way to spend time doing something you love to and getting paid for it! I’m also spending more time at my ranch; deer season is over till next year, but I’m kicking ass on my leg, feeling good and getting ready to film season 3 of Redneck Island in April. I’m as busy as I wanna’ be, feeling fortunate and also doing pretty god darn good in terms of my health!”

You can hear the full interview exclusively at www.ministryofslam.com, as well as interviews with Eric Bischoff, Hulk Hogan, Mick Foley, Terry Funk, Sting and many more.

  • GMpunk

    The Superstar Steve Austin promo still gives me chills.

    • moody1

      Possibly the best promo, from any wrestling company, ever. It was honest, brutal, and perfectly executed.

      • fatneal

        as good as it was not sure it can top some of the classic promos mick foley came up with in ecw…im not even sure if thats austins best promo….and as far as the rest of the industry goes throughout time…cmon man rick flair!! hot rod! the rock! dusty rhodes! even hogan…way too many to say that promo was the best

        • moody1

          Your opinion, which you are entitled to. While Ric Flair and Foley certainly have cut some legendary promos along with some of the others you mentioned, none ever felt as real to me as the one Austin is discussing here.

    • Pozessed

      Could you post the link to this promo? It is strangely tough to find Stone Colds ECW promos.

      • moody1

        It happened on ECW tv in late 1995. No idea if it’s on the web. I have every episode of ECW on dvd though and I watch them a lot still to this day.

        • Pozessed

          Wish I had every ECW episodes. You are a lucky guy my friend.

          • moody1

            I subscribed to the sports channels on Directv just so I could record them every week. 5 or 6 years ago I began transferring them to DVD. Still working on getting the fan cams and things like that from RF Video. Be wary of them though. I’ve had a lot of problems with them. They do sell tapes of just about every ECW show.

      • http://twitter.com/PennyUndead Roger Penland

        IF THIS gets me banned from commenting, well, that’s BS. BUT I’M DOING IT ANYWAYS.

        dailymotionDOTcom

        /video/x69oew_steve-austin-ecw-promo_sport#.UTItCTCThu4

        • http://twitter.com/PennyUndead Roger Penland

          I’m going to apologize if we’re not allowed to post links to videos, because i’ve seen someone post a link before, and it be removed.
          i just feel strongly that this should be seen.

          • Pozessed

            I think you are allowed to post a link as long as it isn’t anything unsuitable.

          • http://twitter.com/PennyUndead Roger Penland

            or for any competing sites, i could see it. but if it’s for something like this, i feel it should be encouraged.

        • Pozessed

          Much love brother!

  • http://twitter.com/KimboHalf88 General Disarray

    I would like to comment with my original account, but the mods on here banned me. I guess they got tired of me bashing their lord and savior, CM Punk. Anywho, awesome interview. Never liked Austin though.

  • attitude 4ever

    We want to see more of Stone Cold and less of Cena

  • http://www.facebook.com/jose.cordova.129 Jose Cordova

    So Steve Austin was to come out of retirement tomorrow Who would you want to see him face at wrestlemania
    CM Punk
    John Cena
    Brock Lesnar See the match we never got to witness
    The undertaker Try And end The Streak
    Are the rock For the fourth time

  • felixrt

    While I like Austin as much as the next wrestling fan, his views on politics in wrestling are pretty funny to read considering he played politics too.