Booty Daddy joins TNA
By Jon Chattman, for thecheappop.com - April 2006
Big Poppa Pump. Freakzilla. The Genetic Freak. The Big Bad Booty Daddy. Scott Steiner goes by a lot of names in the wrestling business, but perhaps the best moniker he should go by is "legs." Steiner's entering his 20th year in the wrestling business, and has no intentions of slowing down.
On Sunday, Steiner will make his in-ring debut this Sunday, April 23, with TNA Wrestling as part of the "Lockdown" Pay-Per-View. That night, the grappler will team up with longtime friend (on and off camera) Jeff Jarrett and America's Most Wanted against Sting, AJ Styles, Rhino, and Ron "The Truth" Killings in a cage match. We recently spoke to Steiner, who's been a prominent member of the NWA, ECW, WCW, and WWE, and asked him about his upcoming match, his career, his "freaks," and how TNA's treated him so far. We also asked him about his rocky experience with the WWE a few years back.
SS on why he joined TNA:
Timing. Jeff [Jarrett] called me up. [He] wanted me to take care of Sting. The main reason I came in was to beat up Sting... to make Sting's return to the ring as short as possible.
SS on whether he'd re-team with brother Rick:
We destroyed everybody we wrestled, but never say never.
SS on the state of tag teams in wrestling:
I don't pay attention to that much. I think tag teams are the same. There are not as many good [ones] as there were back then like The Road Warriors, Skyscrapers.... the quality has gone down other that that, it's still pretty much the same.
SS on what went wrong in WWE:
Same thing that happens with everybody...Same thing with Goldberg and Kevin Nash: HHH. What can you do? The guy's a very insecure man. Realistically speaking, if he wasn't banging the boss' daughter he wouldn't have a job there. He's never been an athlete in his life.
SS on whether TNA can compete with the WWE: Back in '96, [WCW was] basically doing the same thing as TNA's doing now. Everyone has noticed, Vince [McMahon] didn't pick up the WCW audience and it's still out there. If everything falls into place, we can pick it up because not everyone wants to watch the trash on WWE.
SS on whether he ever pondered retirement:
Pretty much, I was done after WCW, but WWE actually offered more money then I was asking for. It was hard to turn down.
SS on whether he'd accept an induction into the WWE Hall of Fame:
What's the Hall of Fame. It's Vince McMahon picking who he wants in the Hall of Fame. It's just a storyline.
SS on what's freakier: David Arquette trying to wrestle or Mike Awesome cutting a promo:
Pretty much equal...
SS on if I holla, if he'd hear me:Depends what your woman looks like...