We can to argue the use and booking of Legends over full-time talent at WrestleMania, and we almost certainly will have to continue to have to debate it, because pops like the one Steve Austin got in Texas are going to ensure veteran Superstars keep showing up at the Showcase of the Immortals.
Whether you loved, hated or were indifferent to that segment at Mania 32, however, you'll have a little more respect for Stone Cold when you learn he came down to the ring in AT&T Stadium, throwing haymakers and stunning League of Nations and New Day members alike, having just torn his rotator cuff days earlier.
As he explained to guests Enzo Amore & Colin Cassady on his podcast (H/T: With Spandex for the transcription):
After I'd already committed to Vince to be there, I tore my rotator cuff on my right shoulder. I tore the hell out of it. It hurt like a b****... I can barely drink beer. This is my beer drinking arm! That's what I was most upset about.
[After the match] we had to start throwing punches. I threw that first punch at Rusev... and I hit him in the mouth or the nose, and he's in the corner and he's bleeding and I feel so bad for him because I really like Rusev... When I threw that first punch, I ripped everything in my shoulder. And I'm like, ‘Jesus Christ, you can't stop throwing now.'...so we call for the beer and my shoulder is about to fall off!
Don't think that fact, or his kind words for Rusev, will sway the Bulgarian Brute. The former United States champion told Ireland's Joe website this week that he didn't care for Austin, Mick Foley and Shawn Michael's actions: "It was all very disrespectful".
Can we get RuRu on the Austin show ASAP?