The Godfather has recalled a match early in his career where Stone Cold Steve Austin refused to lose, with Austin explaining that he had to be ‘alpha’ at the time.
WWE Hall Of Famer The Godfather was a guest on Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Sessions discussing his long and illustrious career. Godfather debuted for the World Wrestling Federation as Papa Shango in 1992 after already making a handful of appearances for the company. Over the years he shed the voodoo-inspired character to become a ‘Supreme Fighting Machine’ before joining the Nation Of Domination. It was after his stint in that group that he struck gold as The Godfather.
Prior to his entry into the WWF, The Godfather worked in Tennessee for the USWA. It was during his time in this promotion that he first encountered a yet-to-be ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin. Godfather recalled to Austin how the Texas Rattlesnake refused to lose on his first night with the company.
The Godfather explained:
“You came in and you were supposed to work against me, and I was supposed to go over. And then you said, apparently, you’d told them that you weren’t gonna do the job. So then you came to me, and mind you I’m just as green as you. I’m [entering the wrestling business] about the same time as you, and I was like, ‘Oh, this son of a gun doesn’t wanna lose to me?’ And you came to me and said, ‘Listen, brother, nothing against you. I did not come here to lose. And if they’re gonna beat me the first day I come, then I’m not gonna be here long.’ But you said, ‘Nothing against you, I’ve no problem doing the job for you.’”
Austin responded, saying his reaction was due to his background as a football player and the ultra-competitive nature of being in a locker room environment.
Steve Austin stated:
“But you know what, when you get into the business, and as big as you were, and I just came out of playing competitive football. Dude, you’ve gotta be alpha when you come into those doors because you’re in there with men who have been working anywhere from 10 to 20 years, and on those local circuits.”
The Godfather- who was then known as The Soultaker in the USWA – did defeat Austin in a one-on-one match on New Year’s Day 1990. That would be the only win Godfather ever got over Austin in both men’s storied careers.