Steve Austin says Vince McMahon initially didn’t want him to use the middle finger salute as his trademark pose
WWE Hall of Famer Stone Cold Steve Austin recently spoke with sportskeeda on a wide range of pro wrestling topics, including the rattlesnake reveal that Vince McMahon initially didn’t want him to do the middle finger salute as his trademark pose. Check out Austin’s full thoughts on the subject below.
Says Vince McMahon didn’t want him to use the middle finger salute in his first WWE run:
“Turns out the time was right when I did it. And they asked me not to, but I said, ‘No, I’m going to.’ They wanted me to come up with a whole different hand sign Vince did, especially because Diamond Dallas Page was giving the diamond [hand signal], right? And everyone would go like this [hands raised] with that.”
Vince asked him to change it but Austin didn’t because WWE was on the rise:
“He says, ‘Can you come up with a different signal that everyone can do?’ I looked him straight in the eye and said, “No. And I kept flying the middle fingers and we kept climbing, we started whipping their [WCW’s] a** in the ratings, and we had one hell of a crew, and one thing led to another. It’s nice to see a picture of you and Buddy Rogers. He was truly one of the greats. »