'Stone Cold' Steve Austin says that he wasn't a fan of his match with Shawn Michaels from WrestleMania 14.
Throughout his illustrious career, Steve Austin has had a countless amount of classic matches. Fans often rave about Austin's battles with The Rock, Bret Hart, Triple H, and Kurt Angle.
One of Austin's most controversial bouts is his match with Shawn Michaels from WrestleMania 14. While there are some people that like this match quite a bit, there are also fans that think it was a match that left a lot to be desired.
While appearing on UpUpDownDown's recent WWE 2K23 launch stream, Austin revealed that he is not a fan of the match himself.
“It was special because it was my first title, my world title, so that was a big deal for me as it was for everybody. The match, on a 1-5, a 2. Shawn and I consider… from bell to bell, I consider Shawn to have [no flaws]. Now Bret, as far as realism, you can’t top him. Flair is my traveling world champion, he’s the man. But from bell to bell, talent wise, nobody can lace Shawn Michaels boots. So to go out there and have a lackluster match with him at the biggest show of the year, WrestleMania… It was cool being out there with Mike [Tyson]. Me and Shawn could have had a way better match, but he was in a bad place, he was injured. I was just red hot.”
Austin went on to reveal that he went as far as to personally tell Vince McMahon that he thought the match was bad.
“I hated that match and I loved Shawn and I have the utmost respect for him, but I don’t consider that to be a good match at all. I remember walking to the back and I told Vince, ‘Hey man, that match was the [shits].’ He just patted me [on the back] and [went] ‘We’ll get it tomorrow on Raw.’ Yeah, it wasn’t about the match, it was about transferring that title. I think Shawn was in a real tough place personally and [he was] in a lot of pain. It was a funky match. I didn’t know if he was even gonna walk to the ring. I didn’t know if he wanted to walk to the ring.”
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