Stone Cold Steve Austin has given his opinion on working with Mike Tyson in the World Wrestling Federation in 1998.
Prior to the boxing comeback of Mike Tyson – he drew with Ray Jones Jr. – ‘The Texas Rattlesnake’ took to social media to heap praise on the legend and their mini-interaction heading into WrestleMania 14 where Tyson served as Special Guest Enforcer for the WWF Championship Match.
In a reply to Gorilla Position, to who posted a picture of Austin and Mike during their famous pull apart brawl, the former WWF Champion simply stated:
“It was a blast working with Mike. Bottom Line.”
It was a blast working with Mike. Bottom line. https://t.co/JjjxUTmB97
— Steve Austin (@steveaustinBSR) November 28, 2020
The Stone Cold Steve Austin/Mike Tyson storyline began at the 1998 Royal Rumble when ‘The Baddest Man On The Planet’ was seen sitting in the rafters alongside Shane McMahon, cheering on Austin.
One night later on Monday Night Raw, the pair met in the middle of the ring when the rebellious Texan gatecrashed Vince McMahon’s presentation of the boxer and initiated a pull apart brawl when he shoved ‘Iron’ Mike.
The act lead to one of the most famous scenes in the show’s history, when McMahon leant through the middle rope and shouted at his nemesis for ruining the moment.
After their history making confrontation, Tyson seemed to join forces with D-Generation X heading into WrestleMania, but ultimately sided with the hugely popular Austin in the main event when he counted the decisive pinfall to hand Stone Cold his first WWE Champion and laid Shawn Michaels out with a post-match right hand.
For some, like Vince Russo – who had a hand in crafting the story – this was the real beginning of WWF’s Attitude Era as he stated on The Steve Austin Show Unleashed in 2018.
“I believe this was the start of the Attitude Era. Vince’s decision to bring Tyson in to WWE when he was suspended for biting Evander Holyfield’s ear was freaking genius. Who knows what Vince spent, but that money he spent catapulted WWE. That is what I mean when I say that Vince was a visionary. He saw that; it was genius.”
For long time fans, Tyson and Austin is a historic part of WWF/WWE history. The day two giants of their respective sports came together, raised hell and began an era in professional wrestling that saved the company who created it.