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Pro Wrestling Illustrated: "Our twitter feed the past week has been off the charts, and this man alongside me today is responsible for that. Next to me right now is none other than 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin, who requested we do this interview with him today. Steve, I'd like to say thank you from all of us at Pro Wrestling Illustrated for giving us the opportunity to this with you. I can't say enough how cool it is to be able to do this."
'Stone Cold' Steve Austin: "It's great to be here. Thanks for having me."
Pro Wrestling Illustrated: "So Steve, we'll skip right to the basics. I'm sure all of our readers will know the backstory to all of this. Last Saturday, a day before WrestleMania in fact, twitter started to blow up with a flurry of rumours that you were in the process of starting your own wrestling promotion. Most people just saw this as a rumour, nothing more than that. Something you see on twitter all the time, but this is where it gets interesting - you get in touch with us here at PWI and say: 'I've got something I want to say and I'd like you guys to be involved', and confirm our tweets authenticity with a retweet. You've been trending every day since. Getting to the thick of it, what is this all about Steve?
'Stone Cold' Steve Austin: "Well, I'll skip the bullshit. Yeah, it's true - Stone Cold is starting a wrestling promotion. I've actually been in the process of starting a promotion since around this time last year. It's took a lot of time, a lot of effort and patience but I'm excited - we're excited, me and a few of the guys that have helped me back this financially. Without them I wouldn't have been able to do this all properly."
Pro Wrestling Illustrated: "There's obviously so many questions running around my head right now, but I'll dip my toes carefully rather than jump in. What was the thought process behind starting your own promotion? Is this something to do with Vince and the WWE o-"
'Stone Cold' Steve Austin: "No, not at all. Not in the slightest. In fact, I want to stress that this promotion is not direct competition to WWE and Vince. It really isn't. Vince has known about this since the start, and it has his complete blessing. He welcomes an alternative and we've had a lot of discussions about it all. He's ribbed me a bit about how I'll start to age within months (laughs) but yeah, he's been fantastic. To answer your question, what was I thinking? Well, long story short as much as I was enjoying relaxing at my ranch, living an easy life and doing bits and pieces with TV and Hollywood and stuff, I was missing it all. Wrestling has been a huge part of my life for such a long time, and since I've retired it's slowly but surely crept out of my life. I miss it, and starting this promotion is just a great way to embrace it again. I'm a wrestling man, and always will be."
Pro Wrestling Illustrated: "So what you're saying is your promotion will serve purely as an alternative?"
'Stone Cold' Steve Austin: "That's exactly what it is - an alternative. I've got deals arranged with a lot of guys that you can see on your TV right now with both WWE and TNA. These guys are coming to the end of their deals, and are wanting a fresh challenge. They don't feel they are being utilized to the best of their abilities and I'm going to try and do something about it. I'm giving them a chance to prove themselves, so yes it's very much going to be an alternative to the product you see in WWE and TNA."
Pro Wrestling Illustrated: "Could you shed some light on what you have planned for your promotion, have you decided upon a name, a location, etc.?"
'Stone Cold' Steve Austin: "I was expecting you to ask me that a little sooner (laughs). What you need to know is that we've bought the rights to use the prestigious NWA name. National Wrestling Alliance have also gave us the rights for their championship belts, and we should tie up any loose ends such as vacating the titles of their current holders by the time we start up. We think it's quite a coup to be under the NWA banner, and I think it's a perfect fit especially in relation to our targets and what we hope to do. As for location, we're gonna do all our shows from the Texas area, at least for the time being. We'll definitely look at branching out to a wider region after a certain period of time, depending on the response from the general public. Obviously, we hope that to be a good response so I'd like to think we will start holding shows out of the area before the year-end."
Pro Wrestling Illustrated: "Wow, that's absolutely huge news. TNA is a company that started under the NWA umbrella too, was TNA a promotion that you looked at and tried to take something from?"
'Stone Cold' Steve Austin: "If someone were to tell me, that this promotion would result in a Bischoff and Hogan takeover down the line, I wouldn't have spent a penny on ensuring this would all go ahead. Hell, I'd probably spend it all on beer just to forget some of the crap those two have done (laughs)."
Pro Wrestling Illustrated: "(laughs) So I take it you'll be focusing on younger talent unlike TNA?"
'Stone Cold' Steve Austin: "We'll be focusing on guys that haven't been properly used, guys with talent and no attitude problems. TNA is currently everything I'll be making damn sure we don't end up being like. I've actually been able to convince Gabe Sapolsky, who was a huge part of ROH's success, to quit everything he is doing and come down to Texas and help me with the direction of the company. Paul Heyman told me a lot about Gabe's talent, and I've heard a lot of things from others so I was keen to get in touch with him and see what he was about. Needless to say, I was impressed when we finally got round to meeting. Also, speaking of Paul Heyman he will also have a role to play. Me and him go back a long way, we've been friends since my WCW days, and he owed me a couple of favours so I'm proud to say he's going to be one half of my commentary team. The other half? JR, Jim Ross has agreed to come out of retirement and help us out. I can't tell you enough how delighted I am to have him be a part of this."
Pro Wrestling Illustrated: "From your commentary team alone, I'm so excited to see what guys you have lined up for this, when can we expect to see more information?"
'Stone Cold' Steve Austin: "Quite a few things are still in development, such as contracts. We've got a team of expert web developers who are slaving away trying to get our website done. I've seen it so far, and it's only about 60% done but it's looking fantastic. We're hoping to get the site up by the start of May so expect to see more information then. When the site is up and running, we'll reveal the roster and also release information relating to the first show which will be available to view on iPPV. We've just agreed a deal to get our main shows showed on iPPV, we're hoping to have roughly 8 a year on a Friday night. We're also in talks with a few channels to broadcast a weekly hour-and-a-half show that we're looking to broadcast on a Tuesday night. That should be wrapped up soon also."
Pro Wrestling Illustrated: "We're running out of time Steve, it's been fantastic to interview you and hear this awesome news. Is there anything else you'd like to say?"
'Stone Cold' Steve Austin: "Nothing much, just to remind everyone to constantly check the url - 'www.nwa-resurrection.com' over the next few weeks. It's currently in maintenance but May time, it will be up and running and you'll find all the information you need on the site. Thanks for allowing me to do this guys, I appreciate it."