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Steve Austin on JR/UFC, and a return to a WWE ring

On whether Jim Ross has anything to offer as a potential UFC employee: “I do, just because the guy has 34 years of experience of storylines, angles, knowledge and booking and just how things work in our world. There are parallels. MMA’s a shoot, yes, but I think he can help in some capacity, some way, somehow. He can give an idea here and there, a little creative, whether it’s a shoot or a work, he can lend some experienced opinions on that.”

On if he’ll ever return to the ring for WWE: “Man, I tell you what, the longer and longer I wait, the more time I go down the road, when you really think about it, it may be fun to do, but what’s on the other side of that? It took me three years to get the business out of my system, a long withdrawal. It’s been 11 years since I’ve been in the ring. I know a lot of fans would love to see it. But what if it’s not what it should have been or could have been? I don’t want to be 90 percent. It would take a three or four months of a UFC style training camp to pull it off, get the timing and the right wind. It would take at least three months of training, period, and then, what next? I was there, did it at the very highest level. I had a great time. I took the business to the highest level it’s ever been before. Hopefully someone will take it to an even higher level. The chances are pretty damn slim to be quite frank about it.”


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2 Responses

  1. Me says:

    Hmm … he sounds bitter over himself. He sounds like he is too lazy to get back to gym for training.
    My guess is that … he just does not want to leave his confort zone. Would rather drink beer, watch his home cinema, comment on Twitter, than train heavily for at least a decent return.

  2. Evan says:

    LOL Your guess is very very wrong. Any educated fan would tell you that. Austin still trains heavily. He’s very active in many facets – just not the wrestling business. The man’s nearly 49. There’s nothing wrong with a 49 year old questioning if he could give it 100% or not. When you’ve wrestled for as long as he has, that ring is your comfort zone. It has nothing to do with that and everything to do with wondering if his body can still do it. After multiple neck and knee surgeries.

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