“Stone Cold” Steve Austin has disclosed his initial hesitancy at working with boxing legend Mike Tyson, as he recalls the conversation where Vince McMahon told him about Tyson’s involvement.
Speaking on WWE’s The Bump, The Hall of Famer opened up about his WrestleMania 13 clash with Bret Hart and how it would lead to a WrestleMania 14 showdown with Triple H, whereby Mike Tyson would act as special enforcer.
“I’ll never forget, I had a conversation with Vince, and he said, ‘Hey, man, I’m thinking of bringing Mike Tyson in to be part of this thing.’ At the time, we were busting our ass, and I said, ‘Hey, man, do we need Mike Tyson?’ he chuckled. He goes, ‘Oh, GD, Steve. Tyson could bring more eyes to the product.’ I said, ‘Cool, man. If you think it’ll work, bring him in.’”
The Texas Rattlesnake went on to reveal how he couldn’t have been more wrong, as Tyson brought mainstream eyes to the product and knew more about the business than many wrestlers.
“Mike Tyson was phenomenal! He brought mainstream media to our product. Vince is one of the greatest promoters of all time; he was right. Mike and I hit it off right away. We didn’t sit there and have BS sessions every time we did something together. But Mike was a historian and fan of the business, and he knew a lot more about the business than most of the guys in the locker room. I wondered at WrestleMania 14 if the moment would be too big for him; would he handle the pressure? Hell, Mike is ready for any big moment. I was glad to do business with him.”
h/t Wrestling Inc.