WWE Hall of Famer Steve Austin predicts The Shield will split up, praises John Cena, comments on returning to the gym following surgery, and discusses the Redneck Island reality show
AfterBuzz TV with Steve Austin
Interview available at Aafterbuzztv.com
AfterBuzz TV: What do you think about The Shield?
Steve Austin: "They're gonna break up The Shield one of these days after these guys get a little more seasoned...The guys are still great in the business and they have wonderful potential."
ABTV: What about John Cena?
Steve Austin: "Here's the thing about John Cena...that guy's walking on the edge of a razor blade. Some people love to hate him, some people love to love him. But let me tell you something about John Cena; they all respect him. That guy has done a tremendous job for that company. He's a guy that always shows up, he'll work in pain, he always has a smile on his face. He goes to the nth degree to promote that brand. I've got nothing but respect for that guy. Really the way the fans take him. Some people say, 'Would you please stop pushing this guy down our throat?' But they're not. He's the face of the company. What do you do? Make number one the Blistering Heel? I tried that back in the day and I was Stone Cold. I was that grey area between black and white. Cena's the face of the company, you don't do that. When you turn down the cameras, the lights...he's the face of the company. John Cena is a young veteran. He's been in the ring, he's told some great stories, he's had a lot of high profile matches. He's a young man, but he's a veteran. You gotta work smarter, not harder. John, take care of your body."
ABTV: Talk about the birth of Redneck Island...
Steve Austin: "That is a highly guarded secret...when the show was first pitched to CMT, it was basically about any group of individuals that would go to an island and then when CMT heard about it...It was just basically a general pitch, but when CMT heard of it they said, 'Dial it down and make it fit our demo and call it Redneck Island.' [CMT] cast some people that we have, good living, fun loving, people from the south and let them compete."
ABTV: Does the entire production team go to film in Mexico or do they hire locals?
Steve Austin: "Pretty much everyone goes. There have been a couple people that have lived over there, but it’s a pretty vast effort. It’s not no rinky dink production. There’s a lot of blood sweat and tears going on behind the scenes and I’ve met some of the most passionate people that I have ever worked with...When they broke down [the show concept] to me, I fell in love with it immediately and now that we’ve done it for three seasons and the work behind the scenes is so intensive and such a labor of love, I’m so proud of it and I hope it continues for many more seasons."
ABTV: What do you do in your spare time? Swim? Fish?
Steve Austin: "I like to hunt deer. You’re not gonna find me out in the water where I have a real good chance of getting my leg bit off by a shark. There’s going to be a lot of things that happen to me in life, but getting my leg bit off by a shark is not gonna be one of them."
ABTV: Do you get to try challenges?
Steve Austin: "No, I’ve taken enough bumps in my life that I’m not a thrill seeker. All I want to do is go run the rednecks through all the phases, go to the gym, make money, take my ass home, that’s it! I don’t need to do these things, I wanna watch and laugh."
ABTV: Do you come up with challenges?
Steve Austin: "No, but they pitch [the challenges] to me. Run them all by me and then I put in my creative two cents and that’s all it’s worth is two cents. But then it kinda goes back to the wrestling business, when it came time to my storyline I was good at putting the salt and pepper on the main points that would make it that much better. It’s better to season a part of a steak rather than grab a whole steak, so I do have my input, but by in large you have some really talented people putting these [challenges] together for these rednecks."
ABTV: Will 'Redneck Island: All Stars' ever happen?
Steve Austin: "I’ve been hearing that on my twitter. I get asked that a lot. Do I know if that will happen, right now talking to you? No. We need a couple more seasons in order for that to happen, but is there a possibility for something like that to happen down the road."
ABTV: How has it been getting back to the gym after your surgery?
"Right now I haven’t been workin’ out too much. I had a few set backs, but to answer your question [I work out] usually 5-6 days a week. Normally, I’m in there for about an hour and if things are going well I will add in 30 mins of cardio. I live about 2 miles from Gold’s [Gym]. I’ve been training there for many years, but I started training at a little hole in the wall place when I was healing up my shoulder a couple year’s ago."
ABTV: What is the most surprising thing from doing Redneck Island?
Steve Austin: "One of the things that was interesting ...man these people, [the contestants], are so nice. You’re used to other reality shows where people are practically stabbing knives at each other, ready to just do anything to win and it’s been different with these people. They have been friendly with each other and that’s just kinda the way people from the country are."
AfterBuzz TV's Redneck Island AfterShow: http://site.afterbuzztv.com/shows/redneck-island-s3-the-shady-burrito-e8-afterbuzz-tv-aftershow/
AfterBuzz TV's WWE SmackDown AfterShow an Redneck Island aftershow, hosted by Little Egypt, Ric Drasin, Liz Fuller and Patrik Simpson and Pol Atteu, air Sunday nights and are available for download the next day on iTunes and YouTube. The WWE SmackDown an Redneck Island AfterShows are weekly wrap up shows that broadcast worldwide from Los Angeles, CA as part of Extra's Maria Menounos and filmmaker Keven Undergaro's online broadcast network, AfterBuzz TV. AfterBuzz is dedicated to producing daily post-game wrap-up shows for fans' favorite TV shows, covering shows like WWE Monday Night RAW, So You Think You Can Dance, Breaking Bad and countless others. Currently, AfterBuzz TV receives over 20 million weekly downloads from over 75 countries. For further information about the network, visit afterbuzztv.com.
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