The bottom line from Stone Cold
While researching the WWE Championship book, I unfortunately ran into my fair share of people who didn’t care much for helping. Stone Cold Steve Austin was not one of those people. Unlike some, Stone Cold gave me several hours of his time to discuss his runs with sports-entertainment’s most coveted prize. And even more impressive–he called me several days after our initial interview to add even more information, especially his thoughts on which Superstar he thought was the greatest WWE Champion of all time. Now, I don’t need to tell you where Stone Cold sits on the list of all-time greats. So to have him not only give me so much time on during our initial interview, but to also call me days later to give me even more information, speaks volumes to what type of a person he truly is.
For your reading pleasure, here is what Stone Cold said during our second conversation when asked who he thought was the greatest WWE Champion of all time:
“There’s no way to name just one. In terms of drawing power and being a marquee name, I’m going to say it’s a tie between Stone Cold and Hogan. Hogan was the organization back in the ’80s, and I would say Stone Cold had the same appeal. Damn, I broke attendance records, pay-per-view records, merchandise records …
“As far as pure wrestlers go, there are too many bad ass wrestlers, but I would say it’s a tie between Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels. Randy Savage was bad ass, too. But he was more of an IC Title guy. But Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels told some great stories. It’s a dead tie. They could work circles around Hogan, and also outwork me.
“I would say Ric Flair is the greatest World Champion that ever lived. But I don’t equate him with the WWE Title.”