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Steve Austin addresses rumors: heat with McMahon, turning down Tough Enough, more

On today’s podcast, Stone Cold Steve Austin addressed the recent reports that he and Vince McMahon have had a falling out and that he was scheduled to be in San Jose for WrestleMania 30 weekend but opted to stay home instead.

On rumors that he no-showed WrestleMania weekend and that he was supposed to be on a flight to San Jose: “Completely false…there is no hear.” There was a report on PWInsider that said that Austin was supposed to be on an airplane with The Undertaker and a WWE employee was waiting for him and when Austin didn’t get off the airplane everybody went into shock and anger. Austin said that is “not true.” He added, “I don’t know where Undertaker lives. Last time I checked was Austin, Texas. I currently reside in Los Angeles, California. When I’m not there I’m at the Broken Skull Ranch doing my thing out here so why would they have me and Undertaker come in on the same commercial airplane? I have no idea. So that rumor was completely untrue.” Austin said that there were no creative discussions about him participating in WrestleMania 31 so there was nothing for him to turn down. He said, “I simply wasn’t there.” He said he had work to do at his ranch and watched WrestleMania at his house.

On reports from PWInsider of Austin having heat with Vince McMahon and turning down Tough Enough: “No, that’s not true. I’d been talking with WWE about doing Tough Enough for quite some time. It was supposed to be shot in February or March. Right now we’re in April. It didn’t happen in February or March through nobody’s fault. There’s so many dynamics, so many moving parts to planning a show of the magnitude that Tough Enough’s gonna be, it takes a while to get all of those pieces in order. Once WWE finally got their pieces in order and when they could go to camera (filming) it was the same time when CMT said ‘we wanna do more episodes of Broken Skull Challenge.’ So there was a clash of schedules.” Austin said that both things lined up at the same time and he had the previous commitment to Broken Skull Challenge. He said in a perfect world then it would have been a blast if it happened in February. He said he didn’t turn the show down because of heat with Vince McMahon.

On not doing the podcast on the WWE Network: “We did the initial two. We were gonna kinda make a deal and move forward. A deal wasn’t made and we’re not moving forward. End of story. There’s no heat there. Some people said that Vince McMahon wasn’t happy with the questions that I was asking. Not true at all. Again, there was a deal that could have been made. A deal was not made and WWE went the direction they went…I’m going in the direction I’m going in. Down the road if we partner up and get back in business and do something then that’ll be gangbusters because for the rest of our life I will always have WWE blood running through my veins. That company was a big part in creating a lot of the success and putting me on the map and by the same token I was good for their business model. I came along at a time when the chips were down and when WWE and Steve Austin are in business together, it’s always a good thing and it’s always a fun thing. So, no matter what anybody says…there’s no animosity from any standpoint from WWE’s point of view…I’m guessing this, from my standpoint. Again, stating the case plainly, clearly, and as efficiently and as clearly as I can without going into too much more details which is between myself and Vince and WWE. Private matters but for all the public things I just talked about, those are the answers to the questions. No heat…nowhere…it’s cool…moving on.”

If there is heat from Vince or Austin’s side then you wouldn’t know it by listening to Austin on the podcast. Austin kept things classy as usual. You can listen to the full podcasts below.


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