As mentioned in my earlier Stone Cold Steve Austin post, the former WWE Champion went above and beyond the call of duty when it came to giving me what I needed to write the WWE Championship book. Because of this, I was left with so many quotes that not all of them could fit in book. But have no fear, that’s what the Internet’s for. Here’s a few words from the Hall of Famer; I’ll post more at a later date:
It took you eight long years to win the WWE Championship, compete with firings and injuries. Did you ever think of quitting prior to your run as WWE Champion?
I never thought of giving up. But I never dwelled on being the world champion either. I when I first broke in in World Class Championship Wrestling–which later turned into the USWA–I was greener than hell. I was just worried about trying to string a match together to go six to eight minutes, then 10 to 12, then 15 … I was just trying to put my time in and learn how to tell a story. I was so caught up in the mechanical end of the business, I was just trying to become a good wrestler. Of course, I watched what the world champions were doing too.
When I came to WWE, I had been out of work … I had a busted arm … I was working for ECW. When I finally got hot and turned into Stone Cold Steve Austin, I still didn’t think about being world champion until I got the championship put on me at XIV.
I never thought about giving up, but I never dwelled on being world champion either, I was just worried about making a paycheck.
You were white hot at the time of your championship win at WrestleMania XIV. At that time, did you realize how much success you were about to experience?
I didn’t think my success hinged on the fact that I was world champion a couple of times. It was more or less because I sold tickets and it was good to put the title on this guy a little bit. But I was probably better at chasing a belt than I was maintaining a belt.