Originally written December 04, 2012 on Wrestling Truth:
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Steve Austin discusses video angle with CM Punk: WWE Hall of Famer Steve Austin discussed the WWE ’13 angle he did with CM Punk during an interview with Inside The Ropes. “It was a lot of fun going back and being a part of WWE ’13 the video game, hang out with my good buddy Jim Ross and CM Punk,” said the Rattlesnake. “I really like what he’s bringing to the table and what he’s doing. To go back and play The Rattlesnake character was a lot of fun. You know we pushed the envelope a little bit there, but we played it straight down the middle, but I would’ve loved to ramp it up and go full bore Stone Cold on him, but it just wasn’t that time. Who knows if there will be a time down the road, but I enjoyed being that guy. It’s a dynamic part of my personality. I enjoy the adrenaline.” You can watch the segment, which was produced by Paul Heyman below: Austin also addressed Bruno Sammartino’s criticisms of The Attitude Era, one of the reasons he refuses to enter the Hall of Fame: “Bruno is a legend in the business and his opinion is his opinion. I think he’s very closed minded about the Attitude Era. One thing I think he’s missing out on is the fact that it’s the entertainment business. Speaking from a Stone Cold standpoint, I went out there and I entertained and I pushed the envelope but when it came time to ring that bell in that 20 by 20 ring, I wrestled my ass off. I brawled and I fought and I gave the fans every bit of their moneys worth. “Bruno’s opinion is what it is. When you look back at where the business was, it was a little slow. I can appreciate that, but you fast forward all these years and it’s a little faster and either you like it or you don’t.” You can listen to the full interview below: Speaking of Steve Austin here is the poster for “The Package” movie, which Austin stars in alongside Dolph Lundgren: Get ready to rumble when Steve Austin and Dolph Lundgren battle for THE PACKAGE Beware of The German! Coming to Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack and DVD February 19th BEVERLY HILLS, CA Unrelenting action is the order of the day when superstars Steve Austin (The Expendables, Maximum Conviction) and Dolph Lundgren (The Expendables II, One In The Chamber) burn up the screen in Anchor Bay Films’ bone-crunching action epic THE PACKAGE, coming to Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Pack and DVD February 19th. Directed by Jesse V. Johnson and written by Derek Kolstad, THE PACKAGE features Austin as Tommy Wick, a nightclub bouncer and enforcer for Seattle crime boss Big Doug (Eric Keenleyside, Dreamcatcher, Firewall). When Big Doug instructs Tommy to hand-deliver a secret package to the mysterious international crime lord “The German,” (Lundgren), he does so with the hopes that Big Doug will forgive the debt Tommy’S brother Eddie (Lochlyn Munroe, White Chicks, Freddy vs. Jason) owes. Word of the clandestine delivery spreads and soon the package – and those who carry it – becomes the target of rival gang leader Anthony (Michael Daingerfield, The Messengers). Anthony will stop at nothing to ensure its capture. Facing incredible odds, Tommy races against the ticking clock and a small army of hit men, mercenaries, assassins and sadists — to complete delivery. But does The German have other ideas about what to do with the package? Steve Austin is currently waiting for an offer from WWE after announcing that he’s open for a one off return match. ________________________________________________________________________________ SmackDown rating is in: Last week’s episode of WWE SmackDown drew a 1.81 cable rating on Syfy, with an average audience of 2,500,000 viewers. This is in line with previous weeks. ________________________________________________________________________________ Flair’s wife cites ‘Illicit Sexual Behavior’ in divorce: Wrestling legend Ric Flair is on the receiving end of divorce proceedings, after his wife cited ‘Illicit Sexual Behavior’ causing irreparable harm to their realtionship. Jacqueline claims she was faithful to her husband while he cheated on her numerous times throughout their marriage, causing her “embarrassment and humiliation.” She also claims that Flair has completely ducked paying spousal support stemming from a settlement the two reached last October, even though she says that he makes more than $1 million per year. The Nature Boy is currently dating his 1993 WCW valet Wendy Barlow, better known as “Fifi the Maid.” Ric Flair is poised for a WWE return once the lawsuit with TNA is wrapped up. ________________________________________________________________________________ Shawn Michaels talks retiring two times: WWE icon Shawn Michaels addressed his departure from wrestling in 1999 and his eventual retirement in 2010, during a recent interview with the Poughkeepsie Journal. “The first — I never said I retired the first time,” Michaels explained. “I guess, in my mind, retirement is when you leave on your own terms. The first one, being told I was never going to wrestle again as the result of a back injury, obviously that’s not the way you envision your career ending. “Having dealt with that and gone through it and having the opportunity for a second chance, and that the second chance, as you say, being almost a decade, was at first, honestly as much of a shock to me as it was to everybody else. The genuine intention was to come back for one match and sort of see how everything did. To honestly feel like, holy cow, I feel like I can do what I used to do. I went with that until I felt that the peace within me that I could walk away again and it would be on my terms, my timing and all those things you wish and you envision being like. I got the opportunity to do that.”
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