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Stone Cold Injured, Former TNA Champ Talks WWE Work

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(Stone Cold Steve Austin at 2010 San Diego Comic Con, photo: Gage Skidmore/wikipedia commons)

WWE Hall of Famer Stone Cold Steve Austin revealed on a recent edition of his “Steve Austin Show” podcast that prior to his surprise appearance at WrestleMania 32, he was actually injured:

“The hardest thing for me was, I went into that event with a torn rotator cuff. I tore it pretty good trying to train too heavy and I figured I’d be able to work around it. What I didn’t factor in was the fact that I was going to need a few working punches to get into a position to throw the Stunners that they wanted me to throw. So, on that first right hand to Rusev, I hit him right in the mouth [or] right in the nose, just busted him open, got him in the corner, and that first punch blew everything out. And so, getting through the rest of it, catching the beers, holding those beers up when you’re in the moment with the adrenaline and all that going, it’s easy to do. All of a sudden, backstage, you can’t even drink a beer, so I went into that with a bit of a handicap, so the thing about it is it was what it was.”

NXT star Austin Aries recently took part in an interview for Fightclub Chicago on Chicagoland Sports Radio. He was asked about WWE’s Global Cruiserweight Series and the potential sale of TNA Wrestling@

On WWE’s Global Cruiserweight Series:

“As far as I know, I will not be a part of that. I think that they’re using this tournament as an opportunity to kind of introduce maybe some more unknown talents to fans. I think the thought might be with where I’m at in my career that, not that I wouldn’t love to be a part of it, it is probably with the mindset behind it is that there are probably a lot of other guys that would benefit from that exposure. I think the idea is that whether it’s guys from within the system that maybe, again, haven’t been showcased or some guys that are from outside the system that have a chance to make an impression. These are all guys that I should be looking at because they are guys I could be in the ring with down the road.”

On his dream opponent and wishing Bobby Heenan could have been his manager:

No matter who the dream match is because there [are] probably 100 of them on the list, I want Bobby Heenan as my manager. As long as I can get Bobby Heenan in my corner, then I’m a happy man because, to me, Bobby Heenan is one of the most underrated performers of all time. He’s in my top five of all time performers because I don’t think people realize just how good he was.”

On TNA sale rumors:

It always goes back to the ownership group. At the end of the day, you can change coaches and managers and players, but if there’s something intrinsic, something wrong, then you have to look at what the common denominator is, and, usually, you’ve got to look at the ownership because everything runs from there. All I can say is I hope they continue to remain a viable company where guys and girls can make a living and make money. The [professional] wrestling industry needs healthy, successful products and the more the better because that’s just more opportunities and jobs for the men and women who enjoy [doing] professional wrestling for a living.”

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Aaron Portier
Highly passionate MMA Journalist, and I've followed the sport ever since my favorite fighter, Vitor Belfort won the heavyweight tournament at UFC 12. After that I've tried to go to every local MMA event around the Gulf Coast and surrounding areas and decided to make it a point to have a career in some aspect in the fighting sport other than fighting in general (didn't want to ruin my face). I'm currently enrolled at Southeastern Louisiana University working towards a degree in Communication. I cover MMA, Boxing and Football for The Daily Star newspaper in my hometown of Hammond, Louisiana, in addition to working as a promotional writer for a local Boxing promotion known as BoxnCar and I cover boxing for 8countnews.com however SciFighting.com is my home. My main goal is to bring more publicity to MMA in my area and to the sport as a whole as all of us involved with the sport are merely scratching the surface and laying the foundation of what mixed martial arts competition will be further down the road.