On the latest episode of his Kliq This podcast, WWE Hall Of Famer Kevin Nash reflected on not getting a match with “Stone Cold” Steve Austin at Wrestlemania X8 despite being considered in the first place.
Instead, WWE booked Scott Hall for the match and the nWo member was defeated by Austin in under ten minutes.
Nash said, “Me and Austin. I was as close as you can get. I was runner-up. I was Miss Congeniality at WrestleMania 18. Steve and I were too close. He didn’t want to beat me … I would have done the job in a heartbeat.”
In an interview with Busted Open Radio, Steve Austin shared his thoughts on the main event of WrestleMania 39 and explained why Cody Rhodes losing to Roman Reigns was the right call. Austin said,
“Cody beating Roman would not have gotten Cody over anymore. As a matter of fact, it might have worked against him. The way they had it set up, he showed the belt, his wife and beautiful baby are there he’s holding the baby and it’s a storybook ending and the story is told. Those guys came out there with the outside interference. Like I’ve said before, I love that spike from Solo Sikoa. Sami, Kevin, Jimmy, Jey, it was chaos, it was exciting. They built it up and had a hell of a match. Roman is on fire right now and one of these days it will be time to take the belt from him and put it on somebody else, but you don’t make Cody by taking the belt off the right guy at the wrong time. I completely thought they made the right decision. I really respect the hell out of Cody for what he did walking away from WWE, found himself, went down to AEW and then came back. He gets injured, blows out a pec, competes in the Rumble, gets in the main event with Roman. It was so storybook and would have been so cliche to put the belt on him more so. Has he earned the opportunity to be there? Yeah. Would he have been the right guy, right now, trying to take out Roman Reigns? I just think not. Roman is so fire and so money. Cody is going to be there. To me, it made me respect Cody more when you’re laying there and looking at the lights. That story is going to be completed one of these days, but it ain’t going to be right here. It was for the right reasons and the reason was business. He’ll get it, and when he does, it’ll be a celebration like no other. I’m one of his biggest fans. I see nothing but good things for Cody.”
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