On Friday night, I was fortunate enough to make my way to the Hyatt in downtown Atlanta where the WWE Superstars were staying at for WrestleMania.
Needless to say, there were many interesting things that I saw and heard, of which three are extremely notable.
First off, I saw the following superstars/WWE personnel at the Hyatt:
- Jim Ross
- Jerry Lawler
- Matt Striker
- Justin Roberts
- Road Warrior Animal
- D.H. Smith
- Tyson Kidd
- Joe Hennig (Michael McGillicutty)
- Chris Masters
- Gerald Brisco
- Kevin Dunn
- Dolph Ziggler
- John Morrison
- Kevin Nash
- Sean Waltman
- and none other than Stone Cold Steve Austin
The first notable story is that I have never seen so many people as star struck as I did when Stone Cold came into the bar. Nearly every person stopped what they were doing to turn and look at him.
Austin attempted to sit down and have a conversation with Kevin Dunn, but the fans would not leave him alone. There were numerous people with cameras in his face that kept yelling his name. It was nearly impossible for the man to speak and attend to his business.
My point for reporting this is, listen, I understand that you are excited to see one of your favorite WWE superstars, but there is no reason to disrupt the man's life. It was so bad that they needed to bring extra security to escort people out that were flashing cameras in his face.
Also, it is not like this was at 7:00 at night; it was 1:30 in the morning. Austin probably expected most people to not be flashing pictures that late into the night.
The second notable story relates to the first.
I spoke with a WWE Superstar, who will remain anonymous, that had this reaction when Stone Cold entered the bar: "Oh my God! It's Stone Cold! It's Stone Cold! F*ck Stone Cold!"
While I was surprised to hear this given that this person was 10 feet away from Austin, it lead me to believe that many superstars were angry that Austin continues to take time away from superstars currently on the roster.
I got a sense of resentment from them that he would be playing an important role on the card, while nearly everyone else was relegated to little or no time on the card.
I can't say that I blame them either.
Stone Cold has not been an active wrestler for eight years now, yet still continues to appear on TV.
Yes, he was used to promote Tough Enough, but there is no way anyone can argue against the fact that Austin was out of place as the referee in the Cole-Lawler match.
The final notable story relates to Dolph Ziggler.
I saw Dolph walking around the bar with his hood up to disguise himself, so that people did not recognize him.
He barely talked to anyone, and even when I called him Nick (his real name), he didn't acknowledge me.
I'm not really sure when Ziggler became a big enough superstar that he had to hide his identity, while Stone Cold, who is arguably the biggest superstar in WWE history could walk out plain as day.
Maybe Ziggler had the right idea due to the attention that Austin got, but John Morrison, who is on the same level, if not higher than Dolph, sat at a table talking to Chris Masters and Gerald Brisco like a normal person.
Overall, it was really interesting to hear WWE superstars' comments candidly, and everyone was friendly with the fans.
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