Stevie Ray, one half of WWE Hall of Fame tag team Harlem Heat has had more than a few choice words for WWE legend Stone Cold Steve Austin!
Lash Huffman better known as Stevie Ray rose to fame in the 1990’s appearing alongside his brother Booker T in WCW. Performing as Harlem Heat, the pair won ten WCW Tag Team Championships before going their separate ways in 1997.
After WCW was brought out WWE in 2001, Booker T headed over to work for Vince McMahon while Stevie Ray appeared for the WWA before retiring in 2002.
Upon arriving in WWE, Booker T immediately jumped into a feud with Stone Cold Steve Austin. This led to the infamous supermarket brawl between the two later in the year.
Appearing on That 90’s Wrestling Podcast, Stevie Ray explained that he was far from being a fan of the grocery store segment. He said that Booker shouldn’t have been running away from his rival, delivering a withering assessment of Steve Austin along the way.
“Let’s go back to my brother, you come in, Stone Cold Steve Austin jumps on him and drop him with the belt, the WCW belt, and everyone thought, ‘this is great, this is how it’s going to be.’ Nah, brother, they’re setting you up, it is what it is, they’re getting him ready for the Thanksgiving dinner,” Stevie said. “He doesn’t know, but you’re the one that going to get cooked.
“You come in as the champion, big bad Booker T, his whole career he’s been a big bad guy. Now, all of a sudden you’re in a grocery store, running from Steve Austin. Ain’t nobody in my family ever ran from a man in his life. Ain’t no punk in me, ain’t no b*tch in me. There ain’t no b*tch in none of my brothers or my uncles or nobody. I ain’t never ran from one man in my life and never will,” he claimed. “Especially some daisy duke, bald-headed, bad knee, guy that beats up women. You kidding me? You kidding me?
I’d slap Steve Austin’s teeth out of his mouth, ain’t no punk like that don’t ever fight a man. Now on TV, I got to run from him, I’m scared of him. Nah, miss me with that. But that’s the way they work, and this is what I told everybody was going to happen.”
Steve Ray went on to discuss Booker T’s success in WWE. The Hall of Famer said that while he wasn’t surprised that his brother did so well, he had to go through a “lot of stuff” to get there.
“He succeeded, but he had to go through a lot of stuff. But it didn’t surprise me, but WWE have got to put their own spin on everything. People always ask me, ‘why didn’t you go?’ Because I know how they are, and I don’t want to be a part of that. You come in as the WCW World Champion, and then they start making a mockery of your name,” Stevie said.
“You don’t bring somebody into your company and put them at the same level as the people you’ve got stuff invested in, you don’t do that. Because you’ve money invested in these guys. You’ve got to realize that, there ain’t no money invested in those WCW guys. Hell, we were doing good before, and we will do well without them. But what we will do is use them, to push my product and my guys. That’s just business, it ain’t personal.”
During his time with WWE, Booker T won the World Championship twice, going on to become the 16th Triple Crown champion. While with the company he also won the King of the Ring tournament before being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame twice.
Booker was inducted individually in 2013, later being inducted beside his brother Stevie Ray as the Harlem Heat in 2019.
H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.