Steve Austin Talks The Shield Eventually Breaking Up, John Cena, Redneck Island, His Surgery, More
Source: AfterBuzz TVWWE Hall of Famer "Stone Cold" Steve Austin made appearances on AfterBuzz TV's WWE SmackDown and Redneck Island aftershow this past Sunday night. During his appearances, Austin talked about how he's not a thrill seeker anymore, what he does in free time and how rehab has been for his knee injuries. Stone Cold also shared his thoughts on talent currently in the WWE. Here are highlights from the interview:
His thoughts on The Shield: "They're gonna break up The Shield one of these days after these guys get a little more seasoned... The guys are still great in the business and they have wonderful potential."
His thoughts on John Cena: "Here's the thing about John Cena...that guy's walking on the edge of a razor blade. Some people love to hate him, some people love to love him. But let me tell you something about John Cena; they all respect him. That guy has done a tremendous job for that company. He's a guy that always shows up, he'll work in pain, he always has a smile on his face. He goes to the nth degree to promote that brand.
"I've got nothing but respect for that guy. Really the way the fans take him. Some people say, 'Would you please stop pushing this guy down our throat?' But they're not. He's the face of the company. What do you do? Make number one the Blistering Heel? I tried that back in the day and I was Stone Cold. I was that grey area between black and white. Cena's the face of the company, you don't do that. When you turn down the cameras, the lights... he's the face of the company. John Cena is a young veteran. He's been in the ring, he's told some great stories, he's had a lot of high profile matches. He's a young man, but he's a veteran. You gotta work smarter, not harder. John, take care of your body."
The birth of Redneck Island: "That is a highly guarded secret...when the show was first pitched to CMT, it was basically about any group of individuals that would go to an island and then when CMT heard about it...It was just basically a general pitch, but when CMT heard of it they said, 'Dial it down and make it fit our demo and call it Redneck Island.' [CMT] cast some people that we have, good living, fun loving, people from the south and let them compete."
If the entire production team goes to film in Mexico or if they hire locals: "Pretty much everyone goes. There have been a couple people that have lived over there, but it's a pretty vast effort. It's not no rinky dink production. There's a lot of blood sweat and tears going on behind the scenes and I've met some of the most passionate people that I have ever worked with...When they broke down [the show concept] to me, I fell in love with it immediately and now that we've done it for three seasons and the work behind the scenes is so intensive and such a labor of love, I'm so proud of it and I hope it continues for many more seasons."
What he does in his spare time: "I like to hunt deer. You're not gonna find me out in the water where I have a real good chance of getting my leg bit off by a shark. There's going to be a lot of things that happen to me in life, but getting my leg bit off by a shark is not gonna be one of them."
If he tries the challenges on the show: "No, I've taken enough bumps in my life that I'm not a thrill seeker. All I want to do is go run the rednecks through all the phases, go to the gym, make money, take my ass home, that's it! I don't need to do these things, I wanna watch and laugh."