Last week I posted up Part one of this and because of how long the original post was I split it into two parts instead of just having one long post. Part 2 of this post is the backend of what Vince & Steve talked about when Vince was a guest on Austin's podcast late last year. If you have never seen it then you could probably check the WWE Network as it is probably still on demand or you could try and find it on the internet somewhere.
Steve Austin Goes Home
For those who don’t know back in 2002 before a Monday Night Raw, Steve Austin got on a plane and went home leaving WWE high and dry. Now before you jump up and say “Oh Austin’s a Dick” let me explain, Steve wasn’t doing a thing at the time and creative told him he was going to work Brock Lesnar on free TV with no build it and lose the match. Fact is Austin didn’t get the point of the match happening and he walked out. Vince and Steve talk about how Steve was difficult to work with at the time and that he would sometimes downright refuse to do things. They bring up how things were resolved and that Vince also fined Steve 250,000 for walking out on the company. Vince says “Walking only hurts the fans and they need to make examples of the guys who don’t it so others don’t.” In my book I agree with both points of view that if a talent walks out on the company it only hurts the fans and that talent needs to be discipline, but I also agree with the idea of how stupid it would have been to have Austin face Brock on Free TV for the first time ever with no-build up to it outside of a few hours. Fact is I know some may not believe I can support Steve for walking out, but think about this if the WWE would’ve booked Austin vs Brock on PPV with proper Build during this time that would have been a really good brawl and produced good buys for the WWE. That didn’t happen though, and even though everyone doesn’t support it doesn’t mean it was a bad decision.
Punk’s Issues with Vince & WWE:
Fact is I saved this for last for a reason, because I had other things I wanted to talk about first before getting to this. I also will keep this short because Vince and Steve kept it short on the podcast and this post isn’t just about talking about Punk & the podcast. Vince said for lack of a better word he is sorry everything happened the way it did and hopes they can put egos aside and work together again someday. In my book if Vince really meant this he wouldn’t be saying it on the WWE Network he would call Punk and tell him even if Vince leaves a message and tells him. This is not a shot at WWE or me siding with Punk I just doubt the sincerity of Vince’s apology because of the venue Vince chose to speak about it.