WWE Hall of Famer Steve Austin recently appeared on the Barstool Sports podcast, KFC Radio, where he talked about a wide range of topics including hitting Donald Trump with the Stunner at WrestleMania 23.
The following highlights were sent to us by Barstool Sports:
On Giving Donald Trump a Stunner:
John Feitelberg: When you were developing that[The finishing move ‘The Stone Cold Stunner’] did you ever think that at one point you would stun the future President United States America?
Steve Austin: Man I tell you what. No but here’s how that went down. I was going to be the referee and it was team versus team and whoever’s team lost. The head of that team which was Vince[McMahon] and Trump were gonna have to get their head shaved. Of course you knew Donald Trump wasn’t going to get his head shaved cuz it’s pro wrestling.
Kevin Clancy: It’s also hard to shave a toupee.
Steve Austin: Vince was gonna get shaved. So all of a sudden Vince comes to me and straight up there this is the way it happened. We’re in the back area. 90,000 people out there Ford Field and he goes “Steve come over here. I’m gonna see if I can get Trump take a stunner. I said, “Aw bull shit”. I said, ” You think he will?” He goes “I know Donald he’ll he’ll do it.” So anyways he goes “Donald, Come over here” and he goes, “Steve this is Donald Trump.” “Hey, Mr. Trump. How are you doing?” And I met him. He goes “Listen I was thinking about after everything is all said and done. Steve would hit you with his finished move.” “Well what is it.” “Well it’s called a stunner and it kind of goes like this.” And Donald Trump’s right hand guy all of a sudden goes, “Oh no no no no you don’t need to do that there’s a million reasons why you shouldn’t do that. And here’s why.” But Donald said, he looked at Vince, and he goes “You think it’ll help the show?” He goes “Oh Donald they’ll go crazy.” So Donald Trump was was man enough to go out there and now we botched it. It was the slickest stunner that I ever delivered but I give him credit. Just from it. Whatever anyone’s opinion is that he did was cool enough and in a Showtime event like that event to go out there and be a part of the show and make people happy. I dug it.
— KFC Radio (@KFCradio) August 6, 2019
On Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson:
Kevin Clancy: I would say on the spectrum of people who can take and sell a stunner. It’s Donald Trump over here and it’s the Rock on the other side. Dwayne Johnson flippin’ and flailing and jumping out of the ring every stunner.
Robbie Fox: Is he your favorite sell of all time?
Steve Austin: Yeah, because who would’ve figured you know that guy hit him with that damn stunner and half time I had to watch out because he’d crash over me. And the Rock, I mean he’s always been like 275 and when his legs or whatever careened off the ropes and hit you in the head like god damn that hurts.
Kevin Clancy: He did more damage selling the stunner.
Steve Austin: Who would’ve thought then as he was flip flopping around to ring for a stunner, now today as we speak he’s the biggest movie star in the world.
Kevin Clancy: Unbelievable.
Steve Austin: Well, you’re welcome the Rock.
— Feitelberg (@FeitsBarstool) August 6, 2019