[adinserter block=”1″]Stone Cold Steve Austin may not have wanted to work with Hulk Hogan in 2002 but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t respect the Hulkster. Austin was recently asked to compare their legacies and his answer may surprise you.
If there was a Mount Rushmore of WWE legends there is no question that Hulk Hogan and Steve Austin would be on that mountain. That is why it always fascinating to hear Austin and Hulk talk about one another. The fact that they never worked together adds to the mystique of this fairy tale rivalry. Yet Austin has gone out of his way in recent years to pay the Hulkster his respect and squash any implied heat.
Austin recently talked about perceived heat with Hulk on his podcast and claimed there was never any real animosity between the two. Austin recently did a media stop and the subject ironically came up once again. Austin was asked point blank about who was the bigger star between the two.
“If you’re talking to me, it’s going to be Stone Cold Steve Austin,” said Austin. “If you guys are talking to Hulk, it’s going to be him.”
Austin went on to make the same point he made on his podcast recently, yet a little more succinct.
“I respect Hulk Hogan because his career lasted some 30 odd years,” Austin stated. “I think I lasted about 15, but during my peak years, I took the business to a height it never seen before.
Austin has said that recently and made those same remarks about John Cena. Austin has a point and while many would prefer Stone Cold to Hulk Hogan, the longevity Hogan had was amazing. Equally amazing is the short tenure that Austin had on top. As big as Austin was, it is easy to forget that he really only had five years in that top spot before he ended his full-time in-ring career.
Austin was also complimentary when it came to who was more recognized between he and Hogan.
[adinserter block=”2″]When says to anybody off the street, ‘Hey, do you know anything about pro wrestling?’ They’ll say, ‘Yeah, wasn’t that guy Hulk Hogan a pro wrestler?’ His name might come to your mind before mine, so I give that guy all due respect. He had a tremendous run.”
Hogan has said numerous times that he regrets not having the match with Steve Austin. If you recall, Hogan made a remark about the Hall of Fame about having the match. Austin has said numerous times that they never had the match because they couldn’t figure out who was going over.
That’s a damned shame because it would have been absolutely huge!
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