Steve Austin Talks Working With Vince McMahon, Being Fired, Getting Paired With Pillman
Being paired with Brian Pillman:
We were in Dothan, Alabama or Columbus, Georgia. It was one of those towns down there when we were based out of WCW where we did a lot of our television tapings. And, man, I was fixing to be put with Harley Race and have a run as United States Champion and I was really looking forward to that television taping because, man, when you get a chance to run with an eight time world champion, Harley Race as your manager, it's going to be the push of a lifetime. Dusty's booking at the time. Here comes Flyin' Brian, who I just kind of knew casually because we were traveling down the same roads together being on the same cards. He comes up to me, Brian used to call everybody kid, hey, kid. That's where I got it from. He goes, hey, kid. I need you to come here. I said, "what's going on?" He said, "well, we need to come up with a finish for a tag team now." I said, "what the f are you talking about, dude?" I said, "I'm fixing to go on a singles run with Harley Race. "He said, "nope. We're a tag team. We have to think of a finishing move. Go talk to Dusty."
So I went over and talked to Dusty. I said, "hey, Dusty what's the deal? Brian says we're a tag team now." [imitating Dusty Rhodes] "Yeah, baby. We're going to put you guys in a tag team." Apparently we're a tag team. So that's when I went out there with those garbage blue and black trunks I had and Brian had those Cincinnati Bengals trunks and we were just kind of an interim tag team, seemingly to get guys over.Visit Wrestling Inc. And so, Brian and I were going to be at the same shows all the time, we started traveling together and many times Scotty the Body Raven would travel with us as well and we struck up a friendship. The chemistry was developed. Brian came up with the Hollywood Blonds name. We have to have gold chains. We have to have matching trunks. We have to have the vests. All Brian's ideas. We just became like brothers going up and down the road.
When he got in the ring, I could damn near read his mind. When I was in the ring, he could read my mind, ya know? This was real tag team wrestling, Chris. Not this kind of stuff that you see some guys just get thrown in there and try and create a tag match. We were really a team. We cut off the ring and worked together. Feed bumps, use the referee in the right way, and so we knew what each other was trying to do. So I really, really enjoyed working with Flyin' Brian and really enjoyed probably just the friendship I had with him more than anything.
The Hollywood Blondes being cut off so quickly:
It doesn't make sense. There wasn't any length [of top stars] in the singles division and we got over, ya know? A lot of people call the Hollywood Blondes, I don't think we're one of the greatest tag teams of all time, but there are some people who kind of consider us on that list. I think, had we stayed together two or three more years, yeah. We could definitely be on that list. We didn't really have enough matches under us to do that."
Getting fired from WCW by Eric Bischoff:
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