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WWE News: 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin claims his legacy is not that of a great in-ring worker

During a podcast appearance in 2010, Austin claimed that he wouldn't be remembered as a great wrestler.

News 17 Nov 2017, 23:57 IST

Stone Cold Steve Austin
'Stone Cold' Steve Austin is still one of the most popular wrestlers in the WWE

What's the story?

'Stone Cold' Steve Austin is one of the most popular wrestlers from the business, especially due to his exploits during the ‘Attitude Era’.

‘The Rattlesnake’ might still be on the minds of a number of wrestling fans but the Texan recently claimed that his legacy was all about selling tickets, not about being a great in-ring technician.

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Austin is the most lucrative characters to have come into the WWE. His no-nonsense attitude certainly gave him a cult following and, even though he retired back in 2003, he still is tied up with the WWE thanks to a number of fleeting appearances and his intriguing podcast.

The heart of the matter

During an appearance on the Sam Roberts Wrestling Podcast a number of years ago, Austin was asked about his legacy in wrestling. The Texan stated that all he wanted to do back then was sell tickets.

"I had blinders on back in the day. I was all about selling tickets. It took being away from the business", the former champ was quoted by WrestlingInc.

Austin also added that when he is asked about what he meant to the wrestling business back then, his only answer is about selling tickets.

The former WWE champion continued by adding:

"And I was never a great wrestler, but I'm one of the greatest wrestlers to ever step foot in the squared circle. So bottom line is if people want to ask me where I fit. I just say, 'I sold tickets, a s--t pile of them.'"

What's next?

Austin might not be making as many appearances as he did in the last decade but he's always liable to appear on WWE television at some point. An appearance at WrestleMania 34 is certainly not out of the question.

Author's take

Austin rightly stated that he is one of the greatest to step into the business; a number of us got hooked into the weekly RAW episodes thanks to his ‘Rattlesnake’ persona. For better or worse, we still have not found someone who can get the crowd going like Austin.

The Texan might not have had the largest in-ring move set but his work on the microphone and shenanigans with the other wrestlers certainly made the WWE (WWF at that time) a treat for all and that should be his legacy, not the fact that he was just trying to sell tickets and merchandise, as every WWE Superstar is expected to do.

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