Stone Cold Steve Austin may be a long time retired from in-ring action but the WWE legend continues to cause debate to this day.
Whether it is constant rumors about a return, reports of a fall out with Vince McMahon or comments made on his popular podcast, barely a week goes by without the Texas Rattle Snake making the headlines.
That continued recently when Austin appeared to criticize John Cena for using his famous 'Stunner' move. Stone Cold has now attempted to explain the drama, setting out his position pretty clearly.
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In an extensive interview with Sports Illustrated's Extra Mustard, the WWE veteran rejected the idea he held any animosity towards John Cena over the latter's use of the move:
"There were even people saying I was hot that John Cena was using a version of the stunner. Man, there’s not a bigger John Cena fan on Planet Earth than Steve Austin. There’s no one I respect more on that crew than Cena. If he wanted to use the ‘Stone Cold Stunner’ exactly as it was, I’d have no problem with it, and that’s the bottom line."
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But, while Stone Cold poured hot water on talk of unrest between himself and Cena, the Texan did suggest that Cena had wasted the opportunity to make a big deal out of using such a high profile move.
"But here’s the thing – he already wasted it. Cena should have started beating people with it and making it one of his alternative finishes. Everybody’s finishing move has been prostituted to death now."
The whole situation arose when John Cena started using a variation of the Stunner, a 'Springboard Stunner', to set up for his own Attitude Adjustment finisher against the likes of Rusev and Bad News Barrett.
If anything, with Cena not using it to finish off his opponents he is basically relegating Austin's sacred move to little more than a filler.
Clearly Stone Cold doesn't have a problem with his peer adding it to his arsenal. Cena just has to start using it right!
Now that the current WWE Superstar has the blessing of the Attitude Era star it will be interesting to see if he ramps it up a little. This weekend's Payback PPV could be the perfect place to do just that.
WWE fans: Do you think John Cena is worthy of using Austin's famous move? Have your say in the comments section below...
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