WWE Hall Of Famer “Stone Cold” Steve Austin recently took part in a wide-ranging interview with Complex.com writer Damien McDuffie. During the interview McDuffie touched upon the 2007 angle which involved Austin delivering a stunner to Donald Trump at WrestleMania 23.
Austin revealed that it was Vince McMahon’s idea to get Trump to take the Stunner at WrestleMania. He said, Vince says to me, ‘Steve, I’m going to see if I can get Donald to take the Stunner,’” McMahon goes up to Trump and says, ‘Hey Donald, this is Stone Cold Steve Austin.’ I shook Donald’s hand. He goes, ‘Listen, I want to know if after the match, when everything is done, if Steve could hit the Stone Cold Stunner on you.’ Donald says, ‘You think it’d be a good thing?’ and Vince goes, ‘Oh, of course it would be. It would just blow the roof off the place.’ And Donald’s right hand guy was saying, ‘No, no, no! You don’t need to do this, we got other things to do!’ He’s trying to talk him out of it. And Donald says to Vince, ‘You think it’ll help?’ and Vince goes, ‘I promise you it’ll help.’ And Donald says, ‘Okay, I’ll do it.’
Austin added “He (Trump) was a stand-up guy, he was there to do business and we did business, so I respect the man for that. If I see him giving a speech on the TV, I don’t think, ‘Hey, I gave this guy a stunner.’ We were doing business and we did business. The fact that he is going to be the next President of the United States, it’s a hell of a story.”