The Rattlesnake Stone Cold Steve Austin was a recent guest on the Dale Jr. Download where he and legendary Nascar driver Dale Earnhart J. talked all things pro-wrestling. In their discussion, Austin revealed some of his favorite stars to work with, including The Rock, and his legendary feud with Vince McMahon.
I loved working with The Rock. Wrestlemania 17 was a hell of a ride. And I loved working with Vince. Because the Vince feud transcended wrestling. For two years, it was water cooler talk. I don’t care what you did, at lunch you’d ask, ‘Hey man, did you see what Stone Cold and Vince did last night?’ And Vince was an awesome opponent because he feels this stuff as much as I do. He’s an animal. He’s one of the most interesting people I’ve ever met in my entire life. And I love the guy.
Austin would then name Bret Hart as the safest “worker” he’s ever shared a ring with, and expresses how much respect/trust he has for “The Hitman.”
I loved working with Bret Hart. There was so much trust and respect. And like I said the high profile matches I’ve had with The Rock, Undertaker, Triple H, Mankind, the list could be a mile long but if I’ve got to give you one guy, Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart. There was a trust and respect there from day one. He picked me as his opponent to come back for Survivor Series.
He also brought up their classic WrestleMania 13 bout, and explained a bit about the sanitary processes of blading in the 90s.
It’s the exclamation point on a great feud – it ended in a blood bath. It’s a very interesting feeling when you first push that blade into your head because there’s a crackle of the skin and you got to drag just a little bit. It’s like a rite of passage though. You’re expected to do it because you grew up seeing it and now you get a chance to do it. All of a sudden, it’s in the nineties, you’re trading blood with a lot of people. Some of these guys who are party animals…there’s always the guy who bites the open cut and spits the blood out, I was like ‘Holy s**t!’ Any night of the week, you could get staph infection.
Listen to the full interview, where Austin praises Mick Foley, and reveals how he adopted the cracking beer gimmick from the Sandman in ECW, here.