Very few people in wrestling can boast to have won championships in major promotions in four different decades, Scott Steiner (aka ‘The Big Bad Booty Daddy’, aka ‘Big Poppa Pump, aka ‘The Genetic Freak’) is one of the few. Steiner started his professional career in 1986 following impressing in amateur wrestling in college and by 1989 Steiner was an NWA World Tag Team champion alongside his brother Rick. The Steiners went on to become on of the best tag teams of all time and are one of few teams to have help the tag team gold in WCW, IWGP and WWF then after an unceremonious split from his brother Scott showed off his talents as a singles competitor with multiple WCW Television, United States and World Championship reigns between 1999 and 2002. After WWE bought up WCW Steiner had a short stint in the company (more on that below) before leaving and wrestling on the independent scene and for TNA, now Impact Wrestling. Without a doubt Steiner is one of the most influential, fascinating and controversial wrestlers of all time and we are incredibly thankful to Impact Wrestling for giving us the chance to speak to him ahead of their Redemption PPV. At Redemption Steiner and his tag team partner Eli Drake bested LAX to become the Impact Wrestling World Tag Team champions. As a lot of you might have expected Steiner started off in a pretty angry mood after the call started a couple of minutes late but thankfully he quickly calmed down and we were able to get an insight into the mind of a living legend. The whole call is available on TNA’s Facebook page but here are our questions followed by what we deemed the best of the rest.
Neil Rogers – You have had a hugely successful and lengthy career, what do you look at as your proudest moment?
Scott Steiner – I would have to say that any time you win a world title whether it’s the tag titles or individually that’s something to be proud of. Also if you set a record like an attendance record where it’s unlikely to be broken like over in Pyongyang North Korea where we had 193,000 people 3 nights in a row [Wikipedia says this was 165,000 on day one then 190,000 on day two, it has no note of a day 3, not sure how you want this to be recorded so adding this info here for your editorial decision]. Vince can lie about his numbers all he wants for all his Wrestlemania’s and pad them all he wants but that’s one number he’s never going to break. I’ve watched all these documentaries about back in the Pontiac Silverdome how it was packed at 93,000, it was packed alright but it wasn’t 93,000. Vince rules the wrestling world but there are records that won’t be broken.
NR – Is there anything you had wished you had achieved in your career but you hadn’t? Is there anyone you wish you had wrestled or any championships that you didn’t manage to hold?
SS – Yeah when I first went up to WWE in 2003 they asked me who I wanted to wrestle and I said I want to go against the Rock, at the time he was the best they had but unfortunately that didn’t turn out, that’s probably my only regret. Rock is a good guy and a great entertainer, I thought we could have done great things together.
NR – You were always known as an innovator with your moves you invented the Frankensteiner that you mentioned earlier, is there anyone around at the moment who you admire because of the moves that they create?
SS – You know there’s Mysterio, I’m good friends with Rey and he does a variation of the Frankensteiner but there is a lot of good talent out there, it’s hard coming up with new moves that people haven’t done before. I wouldn’t say it was easier back then but when I did a Frankensteiner or bulldog off the top rope or Steiner screwdriver those were moves that had never been done before so its hard to come up with new moves because everyone has pushed the innovation button to the max but there are a lot of guys who mix and match moves and different variations to make it exciting so there’s a lot of guys out there that I have great matches with and put on a great display of athletic competition.
NR – Is there anything in your career that if you had the chance to do again differently you would change?
SS – Yeah not go up to WWF in 1993, it was the worst mistake I’ve ever made, and it was a timing thing and probably the worst time to be up there. That was the first glimpse that I got of Mr McMahon being a liar
Joey Mills from the Sport Bible.
You have been a star in every major organisation in pro wrestling over the years, what do you think is the key to your longevity and how you have managed to stay at the top for so long?
SS – I’ve trained throughout my career, before I was in professional wrestling I was in amateur wrestling and the first year I got to train with the guy who was wrestling with the first guy to win gold medal in Greco Roman so that was my introduction to being a collage wrestler and I trained with him for 5 years so that really made me afraid of no one. If I could train with an Olympic champion one of the best ever in the world I knew the sky was the limit. I’ve never really taken a day off training and that’s really the key to everything, the one thing I wish I could do more of is stretch but they don’t call me the big bad booty daddy for nothing.
Stephanie from UK Magazine
Just wanted to ask you a simple question, in 35 years of your career what motivates you to continue and keep punching people?
Well punching people has always really been my motivation I don’t know why but for some reason a lot of people piss me off so there’s great pleasure in punching people. Other than that I also love wrestling in front of a crowd there’s no rush like it. That’s really my motivation the love of the wrestling and the love to knock someone’s teeth down their throat.
Harry from NBC Sports Radio 24/7
You have already had an illustrious career in pro wrestling and now you are poised to challenge for the Impact tag team championships with Eli Drake at Redemption this Sunday, could you break down the mathematical probability of LAX defeating you?
SS – You would be surprised at the amount of people who want me to do a vast equation of why I want to be somebody. A mathematical summation of how I am going to do it and actually I haven’t thought about that, actually percentages wise but from here till Sunday I’ll look at the chances of two Mexican Americans having a chance against me and Eli but I can’t come up with a percentage thing right now.
Harry – Real quick how does that feel to be your most infamous promo?
SS – That does get a lot of air time I wouldn’t say its my most recent but there’s been a lot that people like but its great I actually went over to Ireland in the UK and the guys that brought me over had that whole equation on the screen and it made the people laugh but it made sense to me.
An email question from Dave Clay and he asks what fatass surprised you with his toughness in your career?
SS – I have wrestled a lot of fatass and you would be surprised at how tough some of these guys are too it’s like stealing sugar from a fat man is pretty hard to do. I think they have toughness and a tolerance, you can’t push a fat man away from the TV and his banquet dinner it’s hard. They have usually been physically and mentally abused because they are fat and believe it or not as crazy as it sounds most guys don’t like to be called a fatass. Are you kidding me I call a fat guy a fatass which immediately gets him upset and makes him harder to beat but there aint no fatass going to hang and go one on one with the genetic freak.
John Corigan from the Wrestling Estate
It’s 2018 and you are the talk of the wrestling world right not heading into Redemption. Did you ever see yourself wrestling this long and being on top for this long?
No I never really did but the strange thing about it when WCW closed I actually retired then and you would be surprised at how bored you get but there is something about wrestling and wrestling in front of crowds of people and meeting the fans that is addicting really and the love of wrestling keeps me going. When I was young I said I would retire early but what do you do to replace that excitement that’s the whole deal how do you replace that rush? To answer your question no I never thought I would still be wrestling but I’m doing it out of love for the sport. I’m surprised as much as everyone else but people still want to see me, it seems crazy that nothing goes out of style. I can’t predict what I’m going to do next, it’s as much a surprise to me as to everyone else. When I get into wrestling it’s the only time that I am really free, free from assault charges, you can beat anyone up you know.
Greg Oliver from Slam Wrestling
You’ve been wrestling a long time as you have just talked about, how has the in ring story telling changed or has it?
SS – I’m still trying to wrestle the way I have always wrestled which is go up there and give it everything I have, try and be the best match on the card excite the crowd and in the process beat someone up.
Riju from Sports India
So you are known for cutting some of the most entertaining unscripted promos do you think that the over scripting of promos is killing the business these days?
SS – Oh yeah it’s some of the worst shit you can do to discourage somebodies creative ways they want to express their character or who they are so for the idiots who script interviews is a travesty, you’re basically just having cookie cutter characters. Thing is that fans recognise that, people do not want to see scripted interviews but that’s the way they control the wrestlers nowadays. If they can’t see that they are killing it then they are idiots.
Sean Rossap of Fightfull.com
I wanted to ask you Brian Cage uses the old Steiner screwdriver, your old move that you used throughout your career what do you think of him using that move? Have you seen him use it and if so what do you think of it?
SS – No I’ve never actually seen his version but how many people have copied my moves over the years? The Frankensteiner they call it a Hurricanrunner but it’s a Frankensteiner, people have copied my moves throughout my career but imitation is the best form of flattery. Brian Cage is actually a good guy he looks great and I put him as one of the guys in TNA that’s making a big impact. Hopefully he keeps on training and working on his wrestling and becomes one of those guys that’s the best in the business because he has that potential.
Andrea Cordial from Wrestling with wrestling.com
Whether it’s Big Poppa Pump or Scotty and Rick Steiner, no matter how you slice it you are easily a first ballot hall of famer no matter what the company. Would you accept an invite to be the next member of the Impact hall of fame later this year if it was offered to you and even your brother Rick?
SS – I had never even thought about that, I would have to think about that. I’m already in two halls of fame the hall of fame in Michigan and the Dan Gable Hall of Fame which to me is one of the highest honours you can have in being in anything associated with Dan Gable. They have a museum hall of fame where you can actually go visit an actual concreate building, you can actually go to fucking town and go visit the hall of fame not like this bullshit that WWE has with some imaginary place where it doesn’t exist. They have these busts of wrestlers why the fuck do they make busts of people where they can’t put it anywhere, it goes back to a place somewhere except for the Macho Man one that goes back to Stephanie McMahon’s bedroom and Rick Flair goes into Triple H’s, it’s all a bunch of bullshit. See now you’ve pissed me off with that question.
Gary P – Email question
Would you have ever considered a shot with Mixed Martial Arts?
SS – I never really thought about it at the time because when I came out of college that wasn’t really an option. There are guys that I have wrestled in college like Don Fry he was a huge champion and I beat him in college. When I was in Michigan Mark Holman transferred to Ohio state and they are both good guys but it wasn’t really an option plus my brother was already in wrestling for two years and that’s one thing I really wanted to do was wrestle my brother but that’s a hard way to make a living man.
Big Ray from one wrestling.com
Was there ever a time you were in the ring with someone and you said to yourself if this was a shoot this guy might give me a little bit of a problem? Who were some of the toughest guys you ever faced in the ring in a shoot would give you a problem?
SS – I’ve wrestled everybody but I’ve never gotten into a situation where it’s a problem, I’ve wrestled some of the biggest guys. Let me put it this way wrestling is a tough way to make a living so everybody who is in wrestling is pretty tough in their own right but you hear these stories of those who were tough in their own right like Haku, Barbarian, Kevin Nash shit Kevin Nash is seven foot tall how are you going to fight a guy like that but it never got to that point. Look at MMA most of the champions there have at some point been trained in wrestling but unless you have trained in wrestling you have no idea what you are doing but it never got down to fuck you lets go so its hard for me to say.
Email question from legendary Joseph.
If you could pick an opponent for a dream match who would it be?
SS – Like I said I’ve wrestled almost everybody so the only one that could be a dream was the Rock because he was the one guy I never got to wrestle. We were doing Nitro and beating RAW but you still were taping the other shows to see how the other company was doing. Stone Cold did his stuff which was cool and the Rock did his stuff. I would have to say Stone Cold or the Rock, even though I wrestled Steve Austin in WCW and I think our characters would match up well both doing interviews and in the ring.