Steve Austin, one of the greatest WWE stars of all-time, made his reputation as one of the best fighters during the Attitude Era in the 1990s.
During his time as an active wrestler, the Texas Rattlesnake squared off with numerous legends of the game such as The Rock, Scott Hall and Shawn Michaels among others. But, the six-time WWE champion did not get to square off with a superstar he wished he had fought before he left the federation in 2003 due to injuries. 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin joined the WWE in 1996.
Speaking on the Steve Austin Show, the former wrestler revealed he badly wanted to fight Hulk Hogan.
"I gotta say Hulk Hogan. Because, one of the biggest draws in the history of the business," Austin said on his recent podcast.
"Everybody thought that match between 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin and Hulk Hogan should have happened a couple years back."
"Just for whatever reason, I didn't feel like it. I think Hogan was ready to go, but I wasn't... so, I never got a chance to wrestle that guy."
The beer guzzling Texan then explained he wanted to fight Hogan because the latter's ability to sell moves inside the squared circle was extraordinary.
"I was watching an old match on YouTube... and I watched how Hulk Hogan was down there on that mat," he said. "And he was just selling his a** off... I realized that guy wasn't born on top, he worked his tail off to get there."
He also opened up about whether he would be able to make it in WWE today.
"It's the environment along with the writing [that influence whether a performer gets over nowadays]," he said. "Man, I'm glad I came around when I did. If I was to come into today's system looking the way I looked back in the day with the buzz haircut, just walking into the doors of the then-WWF in today's landscape, goddamn, I don't know what would've happened."
"I think either way is tough and comparing eras is comparing eras, but they are unique in and of themselves," he said. "It's the same business, but it has changed so much, but I liked that back in the day there was so much competition and the two biggest companies in a war. I mean, you could just go out there and try s**t. These days, not so much."