Steve Austin recently revealed which Stone Cold Stunner he would take back if he were given the opportunity.
Appearing on Fox Sports in an interview with WWE Analyst Ryan Satin, Austin was questioned on various aspects of his coveted finishing move, the Stone Cold Stunner. When asked which iteration he wishes he could take back, ‘The Texas Rattlesnake’ admitted that stunning former WWE CEO Linda McMahon, was a regrettable decision:
“Linda McMahon was like a mother to me on the road. And she was just awesome to me. And I loved her. And we kinda botched it a little bit, right? And I wanted to be gentle with her. So, probably that one…
She was – and she still is – such a wonderful woman and she was like a mother to me on the road, so I love her, and we kinda botched it. So, Linda McMahon.”
The Stunner in question took place on an episode of Raw back in 2005. During an encounter with the McMahon family, Austin would deliver the iconic finishing move to Vince, Shane and Stephanie before finally finishing the collection with Linda McMahon.
A highly recognisable figure in the WWE Universe, Linda has been used on WWE television far less than the rest of the legendary McMahon family. She is perhaps best known for her involvement in Shane McMahon vs Vince McMahon at WrestleMania X-7. During the event, she rose from a vegetate state to deliver a low blow to her husband.
The Stunner delivered to Linda would result in the storyline firing of legendary WWE commenter, Jim Ross. Ross recently gave his opinion on inter gender wrestling, stating that it “doesn’t seem plausible” in todays wrestling format.
During his conversation with Satin, Steve Austin would also credit The Rock for taking the best Stunner, and cite stunning Vince McMahon at Madison Square Garden as his all time favourite:
“I guess because it set the tip of the iceberg over, favorite stunner would be Vince [McMahon] in Madison Square Garden. I’ve hit some big stunners, okay? I could say Shawn Michaels for the win at [WrestleMania] 14, but let’s go to MSG with Vince for that one.”
Intergender physicality was a frequent part of WWE television in the late 90’s/2000’s, with women such as Lita and Chyna often tangling with their male counterparts.
Currently, WWE rarely feature intergender matches. However, the company did create ‘Mixed Match Challenge’ in 2018, which saw teams of Men and Women compete against each other. Notably, no intergender physicality took place in the ring. Most recently, Nia Jax would appear in the 2019 Men’s Royal Rumble.
The ‘Stone Cold Stunner’ has become one of the most iconic moves in the history of Professional Wrestling. Originally innovated by Jonny Ace but popularised by ‘The Texas Rattlesnake’, in recent years the move has been adopted and performed by Kevin Owens.
Credit for the interview: Fox Sports
h/t for the transcription: WrestleZone