Stone Cold Steve Austin has fondly recalled his time in the squared circle with rival turned ally Triple H.
Austin revealed that their friendship went all the way back to when they crossed paths in WCW, adding that The Game has a great mind for the wrestling business.
Appearing as a guest on Drew McIntyre’s new Q&A show, ‘Drew & A,’ Steve Austin reminisced about his time working with Triple H. In a role reversal from McIntyre’s appearance on the Broken Skull Sessions, it was the Scot asking Austin about working with the The Game.
“I love working with Triple H,” Austin said. “We hit it off when he came down to WCW way back in the day. We didn’t travel roads together but we were on the same page. We both loved bodybuilding, powerlifting. He’s a great worker, good mind for the business.”
Through the years Triple H has become known for his grandiose WrestleMania entrances. It’s a trend that initially began at WrestleMania X-Seven when The Game was played to the ring by Motorhead. Being a huge Motorhead fan, Austin says he has fond memories of that moment, calling it the “greatest entrance” he had seen at WrestleMania.
“At WrestleMania 17, you know Triple H was a big Motörhead fan, and Motörhead was out there. I remember before the show started they did this warm-up and man, they were just louder than hell,” Austin recalled. “They were doing this warm-up and I was like, ‘Oh my God.’ And then during the show they kicked it off, and I’m a big Motörhead fan myself, and Lemmy was on another planet, he was just up there rocking and they let them play for about 60 seconds, and here comes Triple H.
“He walks out, and he’s all jacked up, he looks like a million bucks. He acknowledges Lemmy, and Lemmy just keeps on rocking because he’s in the zone. And then Triple H power-walks down to the ring because Undertaker’s fixing to follow suit on his entrance, and they were working together, and it was the greatest entrance I’ve ever seen at a WrestleMania, and he’s had many great ones as many other ones have too, but that one was so electric. It also had something to do with that record-setting crowd there in the Astrodome was amazing as well.”
After WrestleMania X-Seven, Steve Austin and Triple H, who had been at war through the end of 2000 and start of 2001 joined forces as the Two Man Power Trip. At one stage the team held the WWE Title, Intercontinental Title and World Tag Team Titles all at the same time. However, the pair’s run together was cut short when Triple H famously tore his quad on the May 21st edition of RAW.
Looking back at this time in his career, Austin revealed that teaming with Triple H was his idea. Before adding that sharing a ring with The Cerebral Assassin was a lot of fun.
“But Triple H, a great mind for the game,” Austin continued. “I picked his opinion on many different things, and asked his opinion on many different things when I was on my run, and one of my ideas as a heel that I wanted to do was form a tag team with him, and call it The Two-Man Power Trip. We were really, really trying to get some heat, laying some heavy steel chairs down on The Undertaker, Kane, Hardys, Lita, my God.
“We were doing everything we could in my alliance with him, which kind of ensured that I was headed in a heat direction, and then fate hit one night in a tag match on Monday Night RAW, and he blew out that quad, and that was the end of that, And he made a successful comeback, obviously he’s had one of the greatest runs in the history of the business, but a guy that’s a lot of fun to be in the ring with.”
Austin famously brought the curtain down on his career just two years after his short run alongside Triple H. While the Texas Rattlesnake retired through injury, many fans have clamoured for the WWE Hall of Famer to have one more match. Speaking about the prospect of a return in a recent interview, Austin said that any kind of in-ring comeback would have been “anti-climactic.”
You can stream ‘Drew & A exclusively on Peacock in the U.S. and the Free Version of WWE Network everywhere else.
H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.