WWE Hall of Famer “Stone Cold” Steve Austin is finally back on his weekly podcast series, and you may have heard that his first guest in over six months is none other than AEW President Tony Khan!
During the compelling interview, where the two ran down last month’s AEW Double or Nothing pay-per-view in detail, the former world champion came clean about the infamous WWE Network podcast he filmed with Jon Moxley (then known as Dean Ambrose) back in 2016.
Fans may recall that the two had an incredibly awkward interaction during the filming of the live podcast, with Austin attempting to push his controversial guest for legitimate answers, while the WWE Superstar seemed unsure about what he was allowed to say, given that the interview was being presented on an official WWE platform and he was the reigning world champion at the time.
Some have even gone so far as to suggest that Moxley’s decorated run in WWE was “killed” dead in the water due to the interview, with speculation raging online for years now that there has been heat between the two stars.
However, Austin has revealed that he recently had the opportunity to speak with Moxley on the phone and clear the air between them. “Stone Cold” even admits that the podcast has “haunted” him ever since it took place, and that it’s something he thinks about on a near-daily basis.
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“I did a Stone Cold podcast a couple years ago with Dean Ambrose, and for whatever reason we got off on the wrong track, and it was a rough podcast. I have been carrying 1,000 pounds on my back ever since that happened. I felt so bad about that interview. I’m there to get people over and make them come off like a million bucks. We got off on the wrong street, kept taking left turns and we never got back on track. And for all this time I felt like shit about that interview.”
“Everybody thought there was heat between myself and Dean Ambrose. I didn’t really know what to think because I didn’t really know Dean real well. I respected his talented, I’d researched the hell out of him, seen all his indie stuff – I think he’s an amazing talent.”
“That one thing is something I think about almost every single day.”
“We had the best 30-minute conversation, getting back on the same page. There was never any personal animosity between us. I didn’t know how he felt about me. I thought he might hate my guts.”
“Here’s the thing. I’ve been on top of the wrestling world. There’s been a point where I was the hottest thing on two feet in the wrestling industry. I’ve had great matches with some of the greatest wrestlers in the history of the business. … It happens. You can have two supremely talented people who got out there and just shit the bed. Things don’t happen the way you want them to, and that’s what happened to me and Dean.”
“We got back on the same page. He never hated my guts. He was a Stone Cold fan back in the day, and I’m a huge Jon Moxley fan. So whoever thought that I was picking on him during that interview, or whatever anybody thought – I think he’s going to come down to Los Angeles and we’re going to do the podcast together.”
“This has haunted me for so damn long. People think there’s this forcefield around me where I don’t feel things. I do. And when I don’t make someone look the way that I’m supposed to make them look, that haunts me. I’m looking forward to talking to Jon Moxley.”
Austin also squashed the rumor that the Stone Cold podcast was cancelled on the WWE Network because of the interview, confirming that he had simply fulfilled his contractual obligations.
“People said the Stone Cold podcast got cancelled because of how bad that interview was. No. I fulfilled my commitment, and that’s why the podcast stopped.”