Back in June, WWE Hall of Famer “Stone Cold” Steve Austin had Paul Heyman on his podcast for a WWE Network special. The podcast drew rave reviews, being praised for both men’s brutal honesty, entertaining content, and more.
However, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon was none too pleased with it.
Austin spoke about a conversation he had with McMahon on his podcast, The Steve Austin Show-Unleashed!, recently. The “Rattlesnake” recalled seeing his phone light up after finishing his interview with Heyman, noticing that McMahon was trying to call him (via Wrestling News Post).
“I have Vince listed in my iPhone 6 [as] ‘VKM’, all capital letters. All of a sudden, ‘hmmm… it’s Mr. Vince McMahon calling me’, so I’m thinking, ‘okay, I got to answer the phone – he’s either calling to tell me it was a great interview with Paul Heyman, we blew the internet up, or he’s going to call and eat my ass out about making a match at WrestleMania 32 with Brock Lesnar’, which was not my intention. It was the latter.”
As Austin says, McMahon did not like the fact that during the podcast, he and Heyman engaged in a heated exchange regarding Austin potentially facing Heyman’s client Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania 32. With a stone cold look in his eye, it was hard for many fans to tell whether or not Austin was just playing a character or legitimately trying to begin a feud.
It also made sense from a geographical standpoint, with Wrestlemania being held in Austin’s home state of Texas. But that proved to be more wishful thinking than realistic outcome.
The Inquisitr reported recently that McMahon was not pleased with Austin and Heyman going off on that tangent. The Wrestling Observer Newsletter (via Daily Wrestling News) reported that McMahon not only disliked what both men said, he had no idea they were ever going to broach that subject.
“Vince did not know Heyman and Austin were going to do the bit they did and immediately felt they were creating major interest in a match that was not happening. There was reportedly some sort of discussion between Austin and Vince after the podcast where Vince wanted the story to go away quickly and quietly with Austin addressing it once and then moving on.”
McMahon’s hunch about Austin not donning the black trunks, boots, and knee pads proved correct. Austin appeared on his podcast recently and confirmed he would not be wrestling at Wrestlemania 32 next year, per Give Me Sport.
“When people always ask me, ‘hey, would you have one more match at WrestleMania 32?’ No, I’m not.”
While fans were disappointed that they would not see the dream match between Austin and Lesnar, McMahon simply did not like the mere thought of it, since it will likely never transpire.
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