The following is an excerpt from a new interview with Scott Steiner from Slam! Wrestling:
While not too long ago, he had a deal with TNA, he’s not exactly sure what went wrong. And he doesn’t really want to talk about it.
What he doesn’t like is the robotic mannerisms of many of wrestling’s top performers.
“It pisses me off, the guys that they push to the forefront,” he says. “They’re basically puppets. It’s an agent on a headset controlling everything.”
While Steiner has enjoyed success as a singles competitor, it was as a tag team with brother Rick, that he really cemented his status. The team was innovative before its time. Feuds against teams like the Road Warriors and The Nasty Boys were ring classics.
“I was doing the Frankensteiner at 260 lbs., then,” he says. “You see a bunch of lightweights doing it now, but it was innovative when I started doing it. We were doing a lot of moves off the top rope. Very different at the time.
“If there is a better tag team out there, I’d like to know who it was.”
Steiner also bristles at suggestions that he was using steroids during his WWE heyday.
“I told (WWE) to have Triple H pick me up in a limo, then we could go test together,” he says with a laugh. “They never asked again. I’ve never failed a drug test in my life.
“Their Wellness Policy is a political issue. A lot of people have addictions. And if they don’t hve the willpower to control it, that’s when it becomes a problem.”
He looks back at his first time in WWE with some regrets.
“The timing was bad,” he says. “Vince [McMahon] was going through a lawsuit and all his money was going to defend himself. I should have stayed in WCW. It was a huge mistake.”