Vince McMahon Once Believed Steve Austin Would Neve Be A Main Event Star

“Stone Cold” Steve Austin remains one of WWE’s best home-grown Superstars. His merchandise continues to sell very well and he is also a WWE Hall Of Famer. It seems Vince McMahon initially did not think much of him.

Jake Roberts recently spoke to Premier Live TV, where he disclosed a conversation he had with Vince McMahon long ago. While writing television with McMahon, Roberts told him that Steve Austin would go on to become a main event level wrestler. Then McMahon revealed what he really felt about Austin back then.

“When Steve Austin came to WWF, I was helping write television, and I watched him, and I said, ‘This motherf*cker got it, man. He’s got that ‘it’ factor and he don’t even know he’s got it.’”

“I’m starting to scoot him into places. Sort of as an afterthought so nobody was watching. Well then one day I told Vince [McMahon], I said, ‘That guy right there is gonna be your next super, superstar.’ ‘You kidding me Jake?’ He said, ‘That guy, he’ll never make it past fifth, sixth match. He’s not a main-eventer.’ I said, ‘The f*ck he ain’t.’ He said, ‘Do you think so?’ I said, ‘Yeah I think so,’ and we tried the thing and I guess it might’ve worked huh?”

Thankfully, McMahon gave Steve Austin the push and he went on to become one of the biggest Superstars in the Attitude Era. His contributions to professional wrestling are not forgotten and it seems Jake Roberts already saw his potential before anyone else did.