Vince Russo explains why Stone Cold vs The Undertaker at SummerSlam 1998 failed miserably with the fans despite boasting of superstars in it.
Stone Cold Steve Austin is arguably WWE’s biggest star ever. The Undertaker is arguably WWE’s greatest worker ever. A fight between the two should have blown the roof off. Their match instead however, as Vince Russo so eloquently put it, “went over like a fart in church”.
Speaking with Sportskeeda, former WWE writer Vince Russo explained why Steve Austin going up against the Undertaker did not do well. He reasoned that the match was doomed to fail the moment Vince McMahon decided to make it a babyface match.
Vince Russo explains why Stone Cold vs The Undertaker failed miserably
“He went against us so few times I can actually remember them,” Russo recalled. “One of the big ones… I’ll never forget it… because I yelled at him. I was, like, YELLING at him. This was SummerSlam… Taker and Austin. And, bro, what happened was Taker and Austin were such good friends, that they wanted to have a babyface match.
“Bro, I’m a New York guy. This was Madison Square Garden, and I’m like “Vince, no! The people in New York, the Garden, they don’t want a babyface match. They want these guys killing each other! That’s what they want.” But bro, in that case… those two were the senior, senior guys, and it’s what they really wanted.
“I knew Vince was going to give in to it… I’ll never forget, that match went over like a fart in church. And after the match, Taker and Austin were like, what just happened? They didn’t want a babyface match. That’s not what they wanted at that time. And those guys kinda let their friendship get in the way. And bro, I don’t blame Vince at all for letting those guys do what they wanna do, but I knew that was not what the people wanted.”
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