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Steve Austin Hated WWE Writers

After a night out with Brock Lesnar and Stone Cold Steve Austin, the legendary wrestling manager, Paul Heyman, claims things got so bad in 2002 that "Steve hated the WWE writing team, and he made no bones about it", leading him to quit the federation.


In an interview with The Sun, Paul Heyman speaks about the deteriorating situation between Steve Austin and the team writing his stories.


"Steve appeared on the WWE's very own internet program, Byte This, and ripped into the writing team" said Heyman who also says that Jim Ross' (head of the Talent Relations) attempt to near both sides was futile because the situation was getting worse fast.   


"Austin was sour on the WWE product. He was not happy with the lack of upward mobility afforded to the characters on Raw, therefore depriving him of new, fresh, quality opponents. And the 'end all, be all,' Vince McMahon, with whom the buck always stopped, just wasn't making the same amount of time for Steve as he used to."


Steve Austin was angry at the way WWE's creative team was treating him and he did not keep this secret. In fact, Paul Heyman tells a story where Austin showed his anger: "One Friday afternoon, he tore into the Raw team as if they ate his last protein bar. Where's the new, must-see matchups? Where's the fresh blood in the main event? Why aren't you exploiting your resources? What's so 'raw' about Raw nowadays? It was a brutal ass chewing. I'm not saying the Raw didn't deserve it, but they got it, that's for sure."


And this had a great effect as "the original plan for Raw changed throughout the weekend. Vince didn't like anything [writers] Brian Gewirtz and Ed Koskey were pitching. And then, on late Sunday night, a totally revised show was sent out via email. The main event for Monday Night Raw, live from Atlanta, Georgia, would be the number one star on the show, Stone Cold Steve Austin, against the 2000 NCAA Heavyweight Wrestling Champion, 'The Next Big Thing' Brock Lesnar."


But Steve was done with WWE: "Steve Austin walked out of the arena in Atlanta, Georgia before Vince McMahon arrived. It was the greatest insult Austin could hurl at the Chairman of the Board. Steve was done. He had enough. In his mind, the company's plans for him were revealed not in the fact that Lesnar was set to win the match, but in the lack of foresight to want to do the match in the first place!"


"To Steve, this was the last straw. How could he, with a clear conscience, perform on a nightly basis with a surgically repaired neck and a brutal travel schedule, when he had zero reason to believe the company he had busted his ass for was going to continue their phenomenal ride of success? Austin v Lesnar wasn't the issue. Austin v Lesnar, with zero build-up, placed in the main event slot of just another Monday night...a Monday night, mind you, with no competition breathing down WWE's neck any more...scheduled last minute over the weekend so the Raw writing team could get Vince off their backs. THAT was the issue! So Steve went home. Brock never took it personally.


"Truth be told, eight years later, Brock thought Austin v Lesnar with no build-up was a dumb idea, too."



Discuss it on the wrestling forum


  1. Comment #1

    That was a long time ago, who cares about hearing this now? We all knew Austin was angry at creatives, no surprise.

    Posted by on Thursday, April 08, 2010

  2. Comment #2

    So how do you really feel Debra?

    Posted by Dalgomar on Wednesday, April 07, 2010

  3. Comment #3

    Lol @Comment # 2, you're pathetic. Please go attention seek somewhere else. And I agree with this whole report, the WWE writers are just getting worse. It's rediculous.

    Posted by Violett Scar on Wednesday, April 07, 2010

  4. Comment #4

    I never cared too much for the Austin hype, heck I thought he was best when he did technical wrestling, but he really seemed to care about keeping things fresh, so perhaps I was mistaken about him a bit

    Posted by Zero on Wednesday, April 07, 2010

  5. Comment #5

    he hated wwe writers. but he loved to beat up his women. and that is the bottom line.

    Posted by on Wednesday, April 07, 2010

  6. Comment #6

    Austin 3:16. Enough said.

    Posted by on Wednesday, April 07, 2010

  7. Comment #7

    Stone Cold might hate the writers but he loves the wrestlers of the wwe

    Posted by Victor on Wednesday, April 07, 2010

  8. Comment #8

    Look, why is there so much freaking anger from you against Austin? Austin busted his ass for the WWF/WWE, he was without a doubt one of the best and greatest wrestlers of all time. No one, and I mean no one, especially you with your ignorant words can change that. Your opinions are nothing, but hate, and envy, however what I just stated is all facts.

    Posted by Wild S. on Wednesday, April 07, 2010

  9. Comment #9

    austin saved wwe. enough said

    Posted by azuzu on Wednesday, April 07, 2010

  10. Comment #10

    back in the day he could not lose the television title in wcw, stunning steve was the man!

    Posted by illuminati on Wednesday, April 07, 2010

  11. Comment #11

    I perfer the Rock, that being said, Austin was one of the big draws for WWF back in the day.

    Posted by X on Wednesday, April 07, 2010

  12. Comment #12

    I've always liked The Rock's mic and in ring skills but Austin, 3:16 gave wrestling it's golden age. After everything at wrestlemania 13 and after the fights with The Rock nothing else mattered. It didn't matter what Stone Cold sayed or did, everyone new that when the you hear the glass brake you either have to hide your ass or bow down in show of respect. And to the ignorent haters, go catch up on history before you run your mouths you brain dead idiots, those who know the past, know why Austin has to be respected.

    Posted by experta on Wednesday, April 07, 2010

  13. Comment #13

    Who doesnt like the WWE writers?

    Posted by The British Hawk on Wednesday, April 07, 2010

  14. Comment #14

    I'm not too fond of the WWE writers.

    They never seem to build up any really storylines.

    Posted by Oliver Andrew Black on Wednesday, April 07, 2010

  15. Comment #15

    in reply to comment #18 I agree, I mean just waht in the name of hell happened to the Kofi Kingston/Orton feud? It was building up steam very nicely, they were giving Kofi an edge that I for one liked, and then what could have been an explosive feud had water poured over it and it became yet another damp squib. To quote the Hurricane, "What's up wit' dat?"
    WWE creative need a shakeup!

    Posted by barbedwire on Wednesday, April 07, 2010

  16. Comment #16

    i hate them to

    Posted by on Wednesday, April 07, 2010

  17. Comment #17

    good think i fired steve as he got on my nerves !!!!!

    Posted by vince mckenedy mcmohon on Wednesday, April 07, 2010

  18. Comment #18

    i liked this article

    Posted by hm on Wednesday, April 07, 2010

  19. Comment #19

    okay lemme put this straight.

    wwe writers suck
    AUSTIN was one of the best wrestlers there is.
    the kofi/orton feud failed epicly seriously, i might have skipped some episodes, but how do you end a feud by making orton cost kofi the us title and yes he kicked mizes scrawny ass all over the ring.
    bam orton in rko feud over.

    im just saying WTF!!!!

    Posted by Alparslan on Wednesday, April 07, 2010

  20. Comment #20

    those writters suck no more to be said

    Posted by fan on Wednesday, April 07, 2010

  21. Comment #21

    Hey shut up WWE is the best talking show ever , dont insult them

    Posted by Peter on Wednesday, April 07, 2010

  22. Comment #22

    Comment 28 there is no way in the world you are vince Mcmhonon

    Posted by on Wednesday, April 07, 2010

  23. Comment #23

    I think it's funny how people insult the celebrities and tv personas on the internet. Because most of them damn well know that they would get their asses handed to them if they said it to their faces. WWE writers can build up certain conflicts but others they just do it to please the boss. But to everyone on here Vince McMahon and WWE don't give a damn what you as an individual have to say about them.
    Thank you and #30

    Posted by JediKnight on Wednesday, April 07, 2010

  24. Comment #24

    Honestly guys, Ric Flair, when the Horsemen were HUGE, saw something special in Steve Austin. He saw it back in the WCW days and he still believes Austin is one of the top wrestlers ever.

    Posted by Stone Cold Supporter on Wednesday, April 07, 2010

  25. Comment #25

    strange...i remember reading that EXACT article on thesun's website the other day...i thought you guys weren't meant to do a copy/paste job

    Posted by Stevo on Thursday, April 08, 2010

  26. Comment #26

    well i for one have always felt that the wwe writers were making storylines kind of boring...lets take HHH and his sledgehammer winning ppvs all the time when he was the champion a few years ago before the cena era. I mean there was no change in that time period as triple H literally made people NOT want to watch wwe ppvs as we already knew what was going to happen.. austin at least had the balls to actually walk out and make a statement.... there was no buildup to a brock/austin main event that night..and the wwe writers are not fresh, they do pretty much the same thing all the time...Now the only time i thought raw was actually going somewhere was when ADAMLE was in charge of raw and he made the championship scramble matchup at the ppv... i thought that was fresh and new in a I want to watch kind of way.

    Posted by jason on Thursday, April 08, 2010

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