Stone Cold Steve Austin, a WWE Hall of Famer Steve Austin has competed in seven Wrestlemania events. At the greatest stage of them all, he boasts an impressive 5-2 win-loss record. At Wrestlemania XII, he faced Savio Vega in his first Wrestlemania match. Savio Vega recalls how he and Austin put together their first match in an interview with Fightful Pro-Wrestling.”I met Steve for the first time in San Antonio, Texas. I recall being in the catering area, lacing my boots, when Pat appeared. By the time I saw the paper, Savio Vega was up against Steve Austin. ‘All right,’ I said. ‘Savio, this is Steve,’ Pat says as he approaches. He’s going to play you in this match. Assemble everything. Please let me know.’ ‘All right,’ I say. It’s not a problem.’ To be honest, I’ve never met Steve before.
Maybe I saw some photographs here and there, but they faded from my memory. ‘Brother, I don’t know you,’ I said. You don’t know who I am. A spinning kick is my finishing move. Let’s put it out there in the ring.’ ‘All right,’ he says. When he replies okay, hey, I didn’t realize at the time that okay—thinking later—he was prepared for this,” Savio explained. (H/T – Fierce)
Pat Patterson agreed and paired them again, and they had a fantastic match. After their second match, they found each other’s timing and hit it off, according to Savio.
“We had a fantastic match. Now, the next day, the next audition, that’s when—as I already stated, we touch one other—now I understand his time. ‘Let’s do this, let’s do that,’ she says. Then, I believe, they put us together for over a year after that. It could have been less, but it seemed like a year. Every night, we worked in various locations. Stories with him, pay-per-views on the left and right. ‘Savio pounded the hell out of me,’ he adds. He was never harmed by me. He has never harmed me. We did, however, put forth a lot of effort. We put in long hours.”
Stone Cold’s Backstory First Stunner by Steve Austin
In a quarter-final encounter of the King of the Ring 1996, Steve Austin hit his famous “Stunner” for the first time on Savio Vega. It wasn’t so much a kick to the gut followed by Stunner as a seated cutter.
When Steve Austin joined WWE, Savio thanked him for helping him get into the best shape of his life (then WWF).
— WWE Network (@WWENetwork) June 17, 2020
The Texas Rattlesnake retired from professional wrestling in 2003, although he continues to appear as a guest star in the WWE. He currently presents his own podcast, The Broken Skull Sessions. The episode’s next guest is Kevin Nash, a member of the NWO.
Hell Yeah!RT @WWEAustralia: This week on @WWEnetwork: A brand-new #BrokenSkullSessions not to be missed BROTHER… @steveaustinBSR chats with Big Daddy Cool @RealKevinNash – nothing is off limits! #nWoWeek https://t.co/YsUmLqKm2x pic.twitter.com/flYshceDkJ
— Steve Austin (@steveaustinBSR) July 8, 2021
What are your thoughts on Savio Vega’s feud with Stone Cold Steve Austin? Which Steve Austin Wrestlemania match was your favorite?