Steve Austin is in the latest WWE.com “Superstar to Superstar” feature with actor David Arquette. Throughout most of the feature they talk about films, but there are some wrestling related topics. Below are the highlights:
On becoming WCW World Champion, Arquette says, “You know, it all happened because I was doing this movie Ready to Rumble and they were using all of the WCW stars at the time. I got to know a couple of the people who promote the show, and they threw me in the ring and people hated me enough that they wanted me to come back. Then, in a strange twist and turn, I got the belt — which pissed a lot of people off. I don’t blame them. It was a good time, I’m proud to be in the record books. I just hope I didn’t take down the whole company.”
Austin’s response to Arquette: “I don’t think it was you who took them down; I think it was ultimately their fate. When you became the WCW champion, how was the backstage politics? When you’ve got guys, and that’s what they do for a living, and all of a sudden, you, David Arquette, a very successful actor comes in — who has probably never stepped foot inside of a wrestling ring — were there any feelings of animosity toward you? What was it like?”
Arquette’s response: Yeah. There were some bitter and very angry people. I mean, just traveling with wrestlers — that was the most amazing part of the show. Things like getting drunk with Ric Flair, just being a part of this crazy world, just seeing how amazing and talented wrestlers are. Your bodies suffer, and you guys are running non-stop city to city — it’s like a carnival. It’s crazy. So, I gained a lot of respect for wrestling.”
A question from Austin, including a comment that will annoy TNA fans: “Knowing wrestling like you do, being in WCW for a little bit and now seeing the business today with really only WWE around — you’ve got some stuff in TNA but no major stars — who is your favorite guy going right now? If you had to pick one guy you had to have come back into the wrestling business and work with, who would it be?”
Arquette’s response: “Gregory Helms did all of my stunts in Ready to Rumble. I’m a big fan of his. I know he’s out now. I like the whole Triple H and Mr. McMahon thing that’s been going on, the family dynamics is always good entertainment. I like The Great Khali — I always like to see a giant. That’s a good type of thing. You know, Ric Flair is also one of my favorites of all-time. Whenever he does anything, I just love it.”
Austin’s response: I think he’s probably the greatest world champion that ever lived. I have so much respect for that guy.