Last night, the WWE Network aired a LIVE post-RAW podcast show without ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin. Rumors have been circulating since WrestleMania week that there was heat between Vince McMahon and Austin, and that the reason WWE decided to go with Jericho was because McMahon didn’t like the questions Austin asked. But Austin put those rumors to rest yesterday.
Austin promised to address all the speculation on his Podcast One “Steve Austin Show,” and he did exactly that.
— Steve Austin (@steveaustinBSR) April 7, 2015
He denied that there was any heat between himself and McMahon. Additionally, Austin said he did NOT “no show” WrestleMania 31 as some had speculated – in fact, he was never scheduled to be there in the first place.
All kinds of things are being said about the alleged heat between myself and WWE over me no-showing WrestleMania. That’s completely false — there’s no heat.
And as for that new season of Tough Enough?
With regards to Tough Enough – everybody says ‘oh man, there’s heat with Steve and Vince, and Steve turned down the Tough Enough gig.’ No, that’s not true. I’ve been talking to WWE about doing Tough Enough for quite some time… It was supposed to be shot in February or March, right now we’re in April, so it didn’t happen in February or March.
Austin goes on to say that he’d love to do another season of Tough Enough, but that when it was originally scheduled to go in front of the cameras, Austin was busy filming his CMT hit Broken Skull Challenge.
Austin also downplayed backlash about his questioning on the previous two live podcast specials. Instead, he chalked it up to, “a deal wasn’t made.” But as for future business with WWE?
…down the road if we partner up and do something, that’ll be gangbusters.
So again, it looks like the internet rumor machine has run amock. It’s possible that Austin and McMahon did not see eye-to-eye – especially if they had different terms for a deal, different prices in mind for the podcast, and negotiations went nowhere – but the situation does not sound as serious as many “newz” sites would have you believe.
As for those Steve Austin/Brock Lesnar WrestleMania 32 rumors? There’s still plenty of time before next April…