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Stone Cold Steve Austin Says Nobody Is Held Down In The WWE

Stone Cold Steve Austin was never a man to make excuses. Austin fought through bureaucracy and politics to become one of the biggest WWE stars in history. This is probably why he is not a sympathetic man to those who complain about being held down by the WWE.

Steve Austin addresses the topic of the current status of the WWE quite a bit on his podcast. Since the Royal Rumble, Daniel Bryan has dominated that conversation with fans complaining about the way Bryan is used. Stone Cold has heard listened and heard enough. Austin broke it down on a recent podcast. According to Austin, it is up to Bryan and similar frustrated peers to take the bull by the horns instead of waiting for the push that may not come.

“Let me tell you something, there ain’t nobody holding nobody down in WWE, now it’s true that the powers that be do not believe in certain people. It is up to the talent to make management believe in them and give them a push. There is a pretty thin roster of talent in that locker room. There’s a lot of guys and gals, but when you talk about the cream of the crop, you’re talking about the best.

Vince McMahon will let anybody be a star that has the potential be a star. John Cena wants different dance partners. Triple H would love a different dance partner. Randy Orton would love a different dance partner. Daniel Bryan would love a different dance partner. C.M. Punk, if he comes back, would love a different dance partner. So, hey man, the doors are wide open, the ceiling is unlimited. I hear that all the time, man.”

Austin is also not sympathetic to the Cena haters online. According to Austin, it is not all Cena’s fault. Cena needs a good opponent and with a good opponent, things would be much different at the top of the WWE food chain.

“John Cena is the top dog. He would love for someone to be in contention for that top dog status because he’s an alpha male, he’s a competitive cat and he wants to battle it out and fight for his job. All he does is keep going up and down the road, doing his best, giving it his all in the ring, and that’s all you can ask from a WWE superstar. All the cats I just mentioned are working their asses off and doing their deal. It’s gotta be up to the talent coming up to make some noise, not be afraid to go out on a limb and take a chance.

You cats in the back who listen to my show in the back, do something, wake somebody up, grab that f$#&&ing business, that company by the throat and say, ‘Hey, mother$#%#er I want a push'”

Austin brings up a fantastic point. The WWE have done a horrible job the last several years in creating opponents for Cena. Other than CM Punk and The Rock, who has fit that bill? Punk wasn’t even by design. Rock is Rock. Of course you and I are sick of Cena because he hasn’t had anything compelling on a consistent basis.

The point here in all of this is Austin is a guy that went through the system. He certainly wasn’t fully utilized in WCW and he didn’t come into the WWE through a road of gold. He worked his way up from the Ringmaster to the main-event without any kind of a silver spoon. At the same time the business is much different now and you have to wonder how the WWE would even handle Austin getting hot in 2014 the way they did in 1997.

Overall it is a fascinating listen and a much different point of view than many Daniel Bryan supporters are spewing these days online. Austin is a supporter but he isn’t looking for excuses. He’s looking for someone to take matters into their own hands and create their own destiny with or without the help of the office.

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Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric's work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University's Fox School of Business.

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