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George “The Animal” Steele comments on the Montreal screwjob

George The Animal Steele joined Inside The Ropes radio this past Thursday. Here are the highlights:

On his character becoming nonsensical in his promos: I did my own interviews and I was very articulate in the WWF when I got there but once they called me The Animal, and I was doing an interview with Vince and he said I was making too much sense for an animal so i turned into the ooh ooh aah guy and became the comedy character and it was a great run.

On working WrestleMania 2 with Savage: I had a great time. It was not as stressful as when I wrestled Bruno because Bruno and I were hardcore. I was a cartoon character with Randy so it was easier. Randy was in all honesty, a very jealous guy about Elizabeth and what you saw was sort of real. So then the further I went on TV to make him jealous and the further I got, the angrier he was.

Memories of WM3: It was about 12 miles from home. The Savage/Steamboat thing was Not my kinda match. i heard them talk that match for three weeks, i was sick of hearing about it. They called the spots, it was a great match but there was no psychology. Andre was a very good friend, Vince and Hogan did not know what Andre would do when he got to the ring if he’d lay down. He sort of kayfabed them. I’m sitting watching, laughing my tail off because I knew what Andre would do. When Hogan slammed Andre, that made him.

Why he left WWF in 89: I was deathly ill with Crohns disease. I was in hospital for a month, and I knew it was all over, I couldn’t keep wrestling. I didn’t know I’d have to retire, but once I got to hospital, I knew it was over. On being put into the WWF Hall of Fame in 1995 and founding the PWHOF: It was fine. they brought my family in. After my induction they didn’t do any inductions for years. I got to talking to this guy Tony Mollano who’s responsible for the boxing hall of fame and I told him there wasn’t a physical building, and so we set up the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in Amsterdam, New York. It’s a good thing. We’re not in competition with Vince. But we have a building people can come along and take a look at history.

Thoughts on Montreal Screwjob: To me that’s one of the biggest jokes in wrestling of all time. Lets be honest, who did Bret Hart beat to win the belt? They give him the belt and then he can’t drop the belt in his own country? Give me a frickin break. By Vince doing the double cross Vince became the hottest thing in the business when all he did was take his belt back. He outdid everyone who walked away like Hulk and Bret.

Quick Fire Thoughts:

Hulk Hogan: Right place, right time.

Bret Hart: Lucky

John Cena: Johnny come lately

Ric Flair: Needed the belt

Undertaker: One of a kind The Rock: Great.

Ultimate Warrior: *laughs* thats all I have to say.

To hear the rest of the interview where Steele talks about coming up with his ring name, facing Sammartino at MSG, The experience of WrestleMania 2 being in 3 cities, starring in Tim Burton’s Ed Wood and his faith and lack of involvement with wrestling in recent years check out or head over to for upcoming shows and info.

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7 Responses

  1. MoneyInTheBank187 says:

    A high percentage of people on here wont remember him, but he was great at what he did…Performed. Great interview…one of the more realistic interviews ive ever read online.

  2. 50 shades of gay says:

    Remember his stuff doll mine lol

  3. Jayson says:

    Its funny cuz he lives near me in Lorain Ohio and he use to sell his jewelry like chains and watchs to my stepdad so cuz he did nothing with his career he talks trash on guys who did make it.

  4. Kerry says:

    Jayson – You’re an idiot. He did something with his career, he entertained people, which is what it’s supposed to do & he was good at it. Just because he wasn’t in the title picture or didn’t play the political games, doesn’t he did nothing with his career.

  5. JD Storm says:

    Kerry, being a good entertainer and actually going somewhere in your career are two seperate things. Geore Steele was great at what he did, no doubt about it. doesn’t take away from the fact that he went nowhere. at the end of the day, he’ll still be remembered as the hairy dude who “ate” turnbuckle pads.

    if anything, he sounds a little jealous that others were more successful then himself.

  6. Jim says:

    JD, you are talking like a mark. Making money is ALL that matters to these guys. They know that it is all a work. Steele worked for years doing little real “work” and didn’t sacrifice his body’s adult years to make that money. People who whine about a guys’ place on the card fail to realize that maybe these guys were content with making what they did with the effort they had to put in.

    Chavo was a great example. People got mad that he was involved with Hornswaggle, but at payday, I am sure he was plenty happy to collect his check and NOT have to sacrifice himself the way, say Mick Foley did. Some guys are driven to be the biggest star, while others are just happy to make a very decent living and are smart enough to stay safe when the opportunity arises to make that money.

  7. Jayson says:

    But guys also look back on there carrer and second guess whether they did the right things or not im sure chavo didnt want that he sacrificed alot to get higher then he did im sure if you asked him he would say he wished he could have done some things over and had more success.

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