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Steve Austin Shares Stories About Time He Went Fishing With Rick Rude & Wrestling Arn Anderson Hungover

September 26, 2017 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Steve Austin discussed how Rick Rude would have done in the Broken Skull Challenge, his time in the Dangerous Alliance and more in a new interview with Wrestling Inc.

On a time he was fishing with Rick Rude: “Rick Rude, for those that know him, liked to smoke. Not cigarettes [laughs]. So I was out there cleaning catfish with a pair of pliers, had a board over a trash can. And I’m over there thinking, “God dang, he’s the one who caught all this damn fish and I’m over here cleaning them… So Rick comes out, ‘What are you doing?’ I said, ‘Cleaning catfish.’ I said, ‘Do you wanna help?’ [He said], ‘Nope!’ And he turned around, walked back in the screen door and kept watching Cape Fear.”

On which wrestler would have done best in the Broken Skull Challenge: “Rick Rude was a national-caliber arm wrestler so you would think that he would be a standout out here. And he wasn’t leg-heavy so he would probably do well on the Skull Buster. And he was a better athlete than he gets credited for, so probably Rick Rude.”

On his appreciation of the Dangerous Alliance: “That was cool because, shoot, I was the youngest guy in there. ‘Ravishing’ Rick Rude, he’s in the Hall of Fame. Larry Zbyszko. ‘Beautiful’ Bobby (Eaton), who’s not in the Hall of Fame but should be because he’s one of the best workers in the history of the business. Madusa, who’s awesome, she’s in the Hall of Fame. Paul E. (Dangerously), who was the one who taught me how to cut a promo, and gave me an opportunity and believed in me. And Arn Anderson, one of the greatest tag team wrestlers in the history of the business.”

On Arn Anderson: “Arn Anderson was king of the locker room. We had these little bitty monitors where you could see the action in the ring, and Arn would be zinging everybody’s work that was happening. He would just kill everybody…I’ll never forget, one time we were flying over to Japan, and we were drinking beer like crazy. We got to Japan and we were a part of some tournament. All of a sudden we go over to the building and Arn and I find out that we were working against each other. And that match sucked! We were hungover, we had all kinds of stuff going on. But yeah, Arn was awesome.”