During his illustrious career, Stone Cold Steve Austin held several WWE Championships, main evented WrestleManias, won Royal Rumbles, and also urinated on legendary wrestler Arn Anderson.
On a recent episode of his ARN podcast, Arn Anderson opened up about the segment, explaining that he thinks it was a way for Vince McMahon to get back at him for leaving the company years prior.
During the show, Arn explained that Stone Cold Steve Austin even approached Vince McMahon himself and said he didn’t think the segment was a good idea, but the WWE Chairman still went ahead with it:
“Two people that were heavily involved in it were Jack Lanza who was like the backstage producer and Austin himself. They both told me that they went to Vince individually and collectively and said, ‘This guy is heavily respected in the business with the boys and the audience as well. This is really demeaning. Can’t we do something else? Both got turned down, flatly. Do I suspect foul play and a reason in my mind to do this? Yes.
“Will it be very easy for his case to be, well, we don’t want to do it to Ric. It’s almost like you went out and put Austin over and got him ready for Ric for the next big PPV. You put him over clean in the middle but it’s just another way to do it. It could be punishment for leaving in 1989. He can wait a long time when he feels betrayed or feels like you’ve wronged him. We were the very first guys to turn our notice in during that era. I know he didn’t like it and you couple that with some other things and do I think that’s a possibility? Yes.”
“I know he waits a very long time if he feels like you screwed him. I can possibly see that. It was just so degrading and demeaning if you looked at it from the outside in. I’m a guy that you know what popped up in my head when they said we want Austin to pee on over you? My wife and kids. But that’s the reason why I did it and did it smiling. That’s who I am responsible for. People may think that’s not true, but everything I’ve done in this business, every sacrifice I’ve made, every time I’ve had guys come to me that I respect and say, ‘You don’t have to do that. You’re Arn Anderson. You don’t have to do that bullsh*t.
“Just tell them no.’ I did what was requested to take care of my family. That’s my first responsibility on this Earth. He knows that anything he comes up with that is his idea that he wants to do for whatever reason, you can say no and find other employment. If you don’t say yes and do it with a smile, you may do with your teeth gritted and he’s going to know that and it’s like you didn’t do it at all so the punishment is going to be the same. He wants blind obedience in all of his requests and he doesn’t want you to have your own opinion unless it runs parallel to his. The audience knew he really didn’t pee on me although it looked the part.”
Arn Anderson left WWE last year and has since gone on to join AEW. Right now, he serves as the manager/coach for former TNT Champion and current AEW Executive Vice President, Cody Rhodes.
Thanks to Wrestling News for the transcription.