Stone Cold Steve Austin has shared a fond memory of him and Dustin Rhodes working together in front of very few fans and the lengths they went to try and draw a better house next time around.
Austin was a guest on Chris Jericho’s Talk Is Jericho podcast where he relived some of the most important matches of his career. Austin shared the story of a lesser-known match that took place on a WCW house show in October 1991.
According to Austin, the two men ended up competing in what would turn in to an absolute bloodbath:
“I’ll never forget, one time we were working Phoenix, and it was a sh*t house, and Grizzly Smith used to be the agent that ran the show, and so me and Dustin were working together that night and ended up with Dustin saying ‘hey, wanna get some colour?’ and I said ‘hell yeah’. So we went over to Grizz and Dustin said ‘hey Grizz, you know the house is kinda bad tonight, you think it’d be ok if me and Steve get some colour?’ ‘Yeah, that might be a good idea’, because you had to make it his idea right?”
“So he gives his permission to go out there, so man we went out there with a couple of gimmicks and God we had an absolute bloodbath in front of about 1500 people in Phoenix. We come to the back proud as a peacock because me and Dustin used to beat the sh*t out of each other, real like ‘Strong Style’, with respect, Dustin’s amazing.”
Steve Austin then recalled that not all the other WCW competitors were too thrilled with what they saw from Austin and Rhodes:
“So we come back, bloody as hell, and here comes [Lex] Luger, and I never really talked to Luger, we were never close. I wouldn’t know if I’ve ever shaken the guy’s hand and he’s got his fancy coloured tights on or whatever and he looks like a million bucks. I look like sh*t, I’ve been living hard on the road, not been in the gym, drinking alcohol but working my ass off.”
“He’s fixing the walk to the ring, and he saw me and Dustin and his eyes got about this big and I could tell immediately that he wasn’t on the same page as what we were as far as like ‘hey man if we gotta kill ourselves to draw some people in here next time then that’s what we’re gonna do’. Because, everybody’s on a guaranteed contract but you know Chris, it’s always about trying to give those people exactly what they expected or more if possible and that’s what we’re tryna do in front of a sh*t house.”
Stone Cold Steve Austin also discussed his legendary feud with Vince McMahon during the conversation. McMahon and Austin did battle for most of the vaunted ‘Attitude Era.’