What Stone Cold says about MMA


"Stone Cold" Steve Austin has not performed as a professional wrestler since 2003. And he was the biggest star in the sport from 1998-2001.

However, in an interview Monday on The MMA Hour, Austin said that he now gets more of a charge watching mixed martial arts than the wrestling business he's loved since childhood.

"Just from the world that I come from, I left pro wrestling behind a couple of years ago when I started doing my own thing," said Austin.  "From my world, I can read between the lines of these angles (on a pro wrestling television show), I can guess or tell a lot of what is about to happen. I get a little more charged up in a UFC fight. In some of those championship matches, my heart's already pounding sitting on the couch, when it's about to start. These days I'd rather tip my hat to a badass UFC main event, but with all due respect, pro wrestling is my first love."

"They're two different worlds. But there's something of a parallel. Pro wrestling is basically what MMA is, just at a worked level with theatrical elements."

Austin feels one overlooked theatrical element that is frequently lacking in MMA is interviews.

"A guy gets a chance on the horn and they crap the bed," said Austin. "That's an outstanding opportunity for you, a great way to reach out and let the crowd know who you are and what you are. Some guys talk stupid trash that doesn't make sense. Some of the guys who lose fights get a booboo face. Anytime Brian Stann fought, whether he lost or won, he commanded your respect when he was on the horn. I always liked to watch his promos. He's a smart cat."

"Cain Velasquez basically says what he's going to do, I don't need a wild promo out of him. I just want to hear that he's taking care of business. I'm looking forward to him and Junior Dos Santos No. 3 because those two are pure fighters."

"I tell you, I'm down at the ranch, me and my buddy, watching the fights the other night, and I was blown away by Alexander Gustafsson. We've seen him come along, but this was his shining moment. He's been a star in the making all this time, but against Jon Jones, a superstar was born."

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FullyLoadedFists site profile image  

10/15/13 5:35 PM by FullyLoadedFists


omega 2013 site profile image  

10/1/13 4:47 PM by omega 2013

I don't know why my post was deleted, but i think you're splitting hairs...but we'll just have to agree to disagree...

RockyBullwinkle site profile image  

10/1/13 2:07 PM by RockyBullwinkle

But the boxing vs wrestling matches weren't MMA matches. They were style vs style. The most famous ones of the 1800s, such as Sullvian vs Muldoon, were really grappling only matches while later one were a gloved boxer striking against a wrestling that wasn't allowed to hit. What vale tudo and the fake rules of pro wrestling (that eventually had were done for real in Japan) had in common is that they both came from the same early 1900s pro wrestling anything goes style. And the intersting thing about Inoki's fights with Ali and other martial artists is that I guess he got the idea in Japan and saw the Vale Tudo/Gracie challenge fights on TV. If you haven't read them yet, I highly recommend Bloody Elbow's Josh Nash's history articles.

RearNakedJoke site profile image  

10/1/13 10:44 AM by RearNakedJoke

As the saxophone plays.

omega 2013 site profile image  

10/1/13 9:54 AM by omega 2013

i still have to respectfully disagree. boxing vs. wrestling x-over matches had been held in the 1800's in this country and had continued up to the present day. yes, pro wrestlers were involved (catch,folk),but were only equally ,if not lesser in importance, than the boxers. especially up to the near present when Ali faced Inoki.

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9/30/13 6:46 PM by BrocksEliteStandUp

The pro wrestling GOAT !, fuck Hogan and The Rock !.As others have said, check out his podcast, much to my surprise it's excellent, esp the rants about fuck all. The interviews with old wrestlers are really interesting esp to Attitude era fans.

RockyBullwinkle site profile image  

9/30/13 5:11 PM by RockyBullwinkle

but it was based on the vale tudo/Gracie challenges from Brazil. They didn;t invent anything knew they just brought those to the United States and put it into an Octagon cage instead of in a ring.

KingofBJJ site profile image  

9/30/13 5:05 PM by KingofBJJ

Well actually UFC 1 was simply discipline versus discpline.  And to be more factual, most of those who starred in UFC1 were not trained in anything.

mrwhipple site profile image  

9/30/13 4:05 PM by mrwhipple

Let me be clear yes judo did influence mma as did catch wrestling. Together they made a new style of pro wrestling known as "anything goes" or "ju-Jitsu wrestling". This style is the same as MMA & in fact it should be called MMA because it never died out and instead continues today. In the US it became fake works (which is why pro wrestling had punches & submissions unlike other wrestling, it was based on this style) while in Brazil it continued as vale tudo (anything goes in Portuguese). Eventually the Japanese went back to real pro wrestling instead of worked and vale tudo came to the US with UFC 1 both of which were renamed MMA.So other things had an influence on MMA but they weren't MMA. A type of Pro wrestling - the real kind back in the early 1900s & not the WWE- was MMA and led directly to modern MMA. You can hate pro wrestling (especially the kind that's existed the last 80 years or so) but you can't deny it had a major hand in MMA's history, along with judo/Jitsu.

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9/30/13 3:50 PM by omega 2013

So are you saying Judo influenced mma our not? Are you saying pro rasslin was around before mma or not? I think you're confused. I'm not saying pro wrestling wasn't around before mma. I'm talking about the worked matches, costumes and flying silly characters. That kookyness just came about from REAL FIGHTING. Saying mma came from WWE style is like saying sex came from porn...