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Arn Anderson Recalls His First Impressions Of a Steve Austin, Compares Austin To Ivan Koloff

February 12, 2023 | Posted by Jonathan Hunter
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On a recent episode of ARN, “The Enforcer” revealed his first impressions of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. Arn explained why he saw Austin in the same class as Ivan Koloff due their cardio and style. Highlights to follow:

On Steve Austin being a non-stop worker like Ivan Koloff: “When I first started seeing Steve work, I put him in the Ivan Koloff class. Those of us that know Ivan Koloff, and really [were] around when he was working, and could be in arenas and watch him work house shows… he’s a machine. He’s an animal. He never quit coming forward. If you’re working with him, save with Steve, if you were gonna have a competitive match with Steve, you better be prepared to fight him, and meet him halfway. Because he was just gonna keep coming, and he was a machine as well. Until you gave him a reason to sell for you, brother, he was all about getting himself over, and offense.”

On Austin’s tremendous cardio: “In those days, that’s how a heel got over. Even though you might get outwrestled, or outflanked, or outpunched, man, you just kept coming. You were looking for one opening. If you could find one opening, you were gonna kick the door down. That was what Austin was exemplifying already. He was a cardio machine. Having a big gas tank in those days. His pace was really fast, so you better be in shape if you’re gonna work fifteen minutes with Austin because man, he was a go-getter.”

If using any of the above quotations, please credit ARN h/t 411mania for the transcription.