WWE Hall of Famer Stone Cold Steve Austin recently interviewed NWA wrestler Eli Drake on the latest edition of The Steve Austin Show. During the conversation, Austin talked about the first time he was given a scripted promo.
The first time Austin was handed a scripted promo was when he made a return to the ring following neck surgery in 1999. Prior to this, The Rattlesnake was always given bullet points to cut his promos. Austin recalled sitting in a room with Vince McMahon, and not being thrilled when the promo was given to him. Austin made sure to let the WWE CHairman know that he didn't like it one bit.
"When I came back, that’s when the papers started coming around. And all-of-a-sudden, man, I’ll never forget, I was in a room with Vince, and, well, somebody had to track me down. I was watching matches. ‘Hey man, Vince wants to go through this promo with you’ and so, just like this piece of paper here, and I said, ‘Vince… when I get my hands on you… I… am… going… to… tear… you… limb… from… limb…’"
Austin is widely regarded by many as not only one of the biggest Superstars of all time, but an all-time great on the mic too. His brash, no-nonsense promos were incredibly well-received by fans back during the late 90s.
It's certainly hard to imagine someone like Austin reading scripted promos without adding a hint of his ruthless and arrogant persona in it.