For the first time in three years, Steve Austin has opened up about the infamous interview he conducted with Dean Ambrose/Jon Moxley on the WWE Network in 2016.
While speaking to AEW President Tony Khan on the new episode of The Steve Austin Show, the living legend addressed the negative response some fans had to the interview, in which Austin told Amrbose he had rested on his laurels and was too comfortable.
Now, Austin has opened up about the interview, which he says has haunted him ever since:
“I did a Stone Cold podcast a couple of years ago with Dean Ambrose and for whatever reason we got off on the wrong track and it was a rough podcast. I’ve been carrying 1000 lbs on my back ever since that happened.
I felt so bad about that interview – and I was leading that interview so I gotta take the fault of it – because I’m there to get people over and make them come off like a million bucks.
We just came off on the wrong street and kept taking left turns and we never got back on track. Well, we never were on track. And he had his reasons and I had mine.
And for all this time I felt like s*** about that interview. People said the podcast got cut because of how bad that interview was. No – I fulfilled my commitment and that’s why the podcast stopped.
Everyone thought there was heat between myself and Dean. His fans were just crapping all over me. There was all this discombobulation and s*** going on on social media. That interview is something I think about every single day. I s*** you not – that’s how bad that bothered me.”
Austin says that he recently reached out to Moxley via a mutual friend and the two buried the hatchet and are planning on working together in the near future:
“I was talking to a mutual friend and he said something about talking to Jon. I text back and said, ‘Man, that interview still haunts me.’ And he said, ‘Why don’t you call him?’ But I said ‘I don’t know the guy, do you have his number?’ And he goes, ‘Yeah’. I was like, ‘Can I have it?’, he says, ‘Yeah’.
I immediately called Jon Moxley and said, ‘Dean (because I didn’t know what to call him), Steve Austin,’ and we had the best 30 minute conversation, getting back on the same page.
We never had any personal animosity but I didn’t know how he felt about me. He might have hated my guts. Anyway, we got back on the same page and he never hated my guts. I’m a huge Jon Moxley fan. I think hes gonna come down to Los Angeles and we are gonna do the podcast.
But this thing has haunted me for so damn long and people think that I am this guy with a Darth Vader force field around me where I don’t feel things – but I do. And when I have not made someone look like they are supposed to look, that haunts me.”
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