10 Things WWE Wants You To Forget About Stone Cold Steve Austin
10. He Only Had Two Matches In ECW
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMZcJlLp7e8 Steve Austin became a household name in WCW as "Stunning Steve" before he became a WWE guy. However, he had a very brief stop in Paul Heyman's ECW promotion prior to his WWE arrival. While in ECW, he showed off a bit of the personality that would eventually become "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. What was interesting about his ECW run is that he only wrestled two matches there. Here's an excerpt from a 2011 interview with Paul Heyman talking about Austin's run in ECW. Steve had two matches in ECW, I wish he had 2000. He wrestled Mikey Whipwreck at the November to Remember 1995 for the ECW World Title and he wrestled Mikey Whipwreck and The Sandman in a Three-Way Dance for the ECW World Title in December 1995. I wanted to build ECW around Steve Austin as the World Champion. I even pitched to Steve winning the Title at the November to Remember 1995, but he was such a fan of Mikey Whipwreck, he thought it would be better if Mikey won the match and also, Steve thought it was better for his character. Steve thought it was better for his character to lose and bitch about it, because then he had something else to be angry about. Then he had another reason to push that character all the way to the line, all the way to the wall. And he knew that in losing, he could become a bigger star than if he won the ECW World Title. It was just so smart. He was so far ahead of everybody else. If WWE didn't come calling in 1995, Austin likely would have stayed in ECW longer and had a more successful career there, but he still had a memorable run even if it was really short.
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