WWE Hall of Famer ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin admitted that he didn’t care for a fellow wrestling legend during his career. There’s a long list of wrestling legends who had well-documented real-life beef with some of their coworkers.
But it’s pretty difficult to find many wrestlers who couldn’t stand working with WWE Hall of Famer ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin. After arriving in WWE, Austin embarked on an illustrious journey that saw him become the face of the Attitude Era.
During the height of his career, Austin usually managed to avoid drama and tension with his colleagues, at least compared to other all-time greats such as Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels.
Those men especially made a lot of enemies backstage during their careers. But Austin earned a lot of respect from the WWE locker room, and rightfully so. He was a key reason why they toppled WCW in the Monday Night Wars, after all.
But on The Steve Austin Show (h/t Sportskeeda.com), the Texas Rattlesnake revealed that he actually couldn’t a fellow Hall of Famer. None other than the Heartbreak Kid, who was among the most disliked stars backstage in WWE during the ’90s.
“We both, Undertaker and myself, always respected Shawn’s ability, his work, the talent, the things that he could do in the ring, because he was pretty much kind of unparalleled,” Austin said. “He was that damn good. But as a person, I didn’t like him. Quite frankly, I didn’t like him at all.” I didn’t like Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, and Bret Hart, too.
Austin and Michaels faced off in the main event of WrestleMania XIV for the World Heavyweight Championship, with Mike Tyson serving as the special guest referee. There’s a legend out there that before the match, The Undertaker warned Michaels to do his job and refrain from any funny business that could make Austin look bad.
WWE producer Bruce Prichard confirmed this report, and Michaels did what he was instructed to do. Austin defeated the Heartbreak Kid in a career-defining match, and the rest is history. And for what it’s worth, there hasn’t been any documented drama between the two superstars since their respective retirements.
Michaels Changed For The Better
Michaels hasn’t been shy in opening up about his personal struggles during the ’90s. He buried the hatchet with Hart, by far his No. 1 enemy during his career. Michaels changed his ways both in and out of the ring, and he was a much more humble and selfless person during his final run in WWE. He deserves all the credit in the world for admitting his mistakes and doing everything required to fix them.