Steve Austin was doling out hot takes left and right on his podcast last week.
One of WWE's most famous talkers was not high on the in-ring promo segment from last Monday night (May 23) where Charlotte and Ric Flair's characters were split up. Austin places the blame on pretty much everyone involved, from the writers to the performers:
[Ric Flair] spilled the beans as soon as he went out there. He had only been talking 10 to 15 seconds and I said, "oh, he’s getting fired or she’s going to kick him out of the damn ring" and that’s exactly what happened.
And then, man, that was a pretty rowdy crowd and she got lost. And I love Charlotte. She’s a talented female. She’s still green, but she [has] got so much potential. And she carries herself [like a star]. When she enters that damn arena, everybody comes to their feet when they hit that music. It’s a moment. We’ll see what happens with the matches that she’s in, but she’s a special one too.
But that was just a real bad [segment] and that thing, Ric kind of spilled the beans. Whoever wrote that, and you know Ric is one of the best promos in the history of the business and you don’t write for Ric Flair. Just let him go out there and do his thing. But, so he’s going out there and he’s trying to memorize this script that someone wrote him and he spilled the beans, started tripping all over himself, and then, it only got worse from there. And then, Charlotte’s trying to recoup and she gets lost a couple of times and goes at the crowd and then kind of misspeaks and then it was extremely awkward and it was hard to watch because I’m such a fan of the Flairs.
While clearly he's still in on Charlotte's future, there's another young lady on the scene he's possibly even more excited about who's just coming back from injury, Sasha Banks. While he's actually okay with the decision to keep her off television until they're ready to push her, Austin does have some criticism of how she's been handled since making the main roster:
She is a tremendous worker. She's got a great look. She's got a great gimmick. She can talk. She can do it all! And I think the young lady has money written all over her, but she' got to be a single person that's not got anybody running any interference for her, not taking away any shine from her, any of her camera time. She is a solo act. "The Legit Boss"? It kind of speaks for itself.
...if they ain't got anything for her, keep her off TV. But if you're going to bring her back, bring her back full green light and bring her back in a solo run.
Check out the whole podcast for more of Stone Cold's take on the post-Extreme Rules WWE.
Do you agree or disagree with his critique of Charlotte's Raw segment, or his scouting reports on those two women?