Thursday, August 11, 2022

Steve Austin Talks Pro-Wrestling And MMA, Says Jim Ross Could Benefit The UFC

Former pro-wrestling superstar “Stone Cold” Steve Austin was a guest on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Hour and discussed the world of professional wrestling and mixed martial arts. Among the topics discussed, Austin gave his thoughts on what sport gets him more excited to watch these days as well as what a man like Jim Ross could bring to the UFC. Check out some highlights below:

On watching MMA or the UFC:

“Just from the world that I come from, I left pro wrestling behind a couple of years ago when I started doing my own thing. From my world, I can read between the lines of these angles (on a pro wrestling television show), I can guess or tell a lot of what is about to happen. I get a little more charged up in a UFC fight. In some of those championship matches, my heart’s already pounding sitting on the couch, when it’s about to start. These days I’d rather tip my hat to a badass UFC main event, but with all due respect, pro wrestling is my first love.”

On Jim Ross:

“I do, just because the guy has 34 years of experience of storylines, angles, knowledge and booking and just how things work in our world. There are parallels. MMA’s a shoot, yes, but I think he can help in some capacity, some way, somehow. He can give an idea here and there, a little creative, whether it’s a shoot or a work, he can lend some experienced opinions on that.”

Austin also touched on fighters getting the opportunity to let fans know who they are with their post fight interviews:

“A guy gets a chance on the horn and they crap the bed. That’s an outstanding opportunity for you, a great way to reach out and let the crowd know who you are and what you are. Some guys talk stupid trash that doesn’t make sense. Some of the guys who lose fights get a booboo face. Anytime Brian Stann fought, whether he lost or won, he commanded your respect when he was on the horn. I always liked to watch his promos. He’s a smart cat.”

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