The WWE Hall of Famer Stone Cold Steve Austin was recently interviewed by ESPN First Take to promote the new season of the program Straight Up Steve Austin. Among other things, The Texas Rattlesnake spoke about how professional wrestling has evolved since the Attitude Era and how the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has affected wrestling. Here are the most prominent statements.
THE FIGHT NOW FOCUSES MORE ON ATHLETICS
You’ve nailed it by saying that today we are in a different era. It’s a more sporty product. Girls and boys are better athletes than we were. As a child, I was a big fan of companies like NWA, Mid South, or WCCW and, during the Attitude Era, we went one step further in the creative realm. The business was more protected in the old days, and it was a more raw product that I developed myself.
ADMIRE CURRENT SUPERSTARS FOR WORKING THROUGH THE PANDEMIC
That said, the men and women of WWE deserve all the respect for working during the pandemic and also without an audience. When you watch football games with 25% of the audience, the fans really make a difference. This is especially true with professional wrestling because you get direct feedback that helps you make decisions. I miss the crowd. But yeah, nowadays it’s a different product.