The Steve Austin Show on Tuesday’s family-friendly edition took on a number of listener questions, but few were as potentially controversial as one concerning the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony.
Many in the Internet Wrestling Community (IWC) have been wondering why the WWE plans to relegate “Macho Man” Randy Savage to a supporting role, playing second fiddle to Kevin Nash (aka Diesel).
For “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, a friend of Nash’s, the decision made sense. Fast forwarding to the 39-minute mark, that’s where Austin, a wrestling purist, said things that to many fans didn’t make sense, in part because he seemed uncomfortable with the question and rambled for a couple of minutes on Savage’s meaning to the business.
He shared memories of a four-minute match that he worked with Savage where he “did the favors” early in his career and praised Savage’s work with Jerry “The King” Lawler in the USWA.
He also lamented the fact that he never got to work with Randy in his prime when Austin was also in his prime. After a couple of minutes, he reluctantly delved deeper into the question with this.
“This was a rumor today on Inquisitr, a story that had been teased that Kevin Nash is that guy. It seems what you’re asking me is, ‘Shouldn’t Macho Man Randy Savage be the headliner and not Kevin Nash?’… It’s gonna be haywire when they put him in because everybody knows that he should have been in a long time ago. The thing about putting him in as the headliner … I think you want the headliner to be someone who can be present and speak for themselves. Now I say that with respect. I believe Hulk Hogan is gonna introduce Randy into the Hall of Fame, but I’m thinking that it’s gonna be Randy’s brother, Lanny Poffo, who will be receiving the ring and doing the acceptance speech for Randy Savage. Of course, Lanny Poffo is very articulate, very eloquent, and it’s a very special occasion for Randy Savage and the whole Poffo Family. But I think, in this case, you know, and it’s gonna be a feel-good moment that he’s in. Everybody will love it. But I think when you’re going in front of a bunch of people, the best case scenario is to have someone who is alive and present and can cut a promo and talk in their own right, and that’s ‘Big Sexy’ Kevin Nash. I think that’s the thinking on that.”
The Steve Austin view on this is in direct conflict with many in the IWC, including Cageside Seats‘ Randall Ortman, who noted that the WWE has plans to induct Kevin Nash as “Diesel” in order to save him for a separate nWo induction with Hogan and Scott Hall at a later date.
“If true, the idea of him headlining over Randy Savage is laughable,” Ortman said.
But what do you think, readers? Is Steve Austin right to say Nash is the best choice for headlining the WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony, or is this one time the “Texas Rattlesnake” is wrong?