During Steve Austin’s big main event run in the WWE, he did a lot of things to people to show that he didn’t care about the rules or authority. One of those things happened to be peeing on Arn Anderson. If you forgot that was a thing that happened, you’re not the only one.
Arn, however, hasn’t forgotten. And he thinks the idea came from a very personal place in Vince McMahon’s mind.
On The Arn Show, Anderson’s podcast, The Head Coach of the Nightmare Family talked about that particular segment and said both Austin and Jack Lanza tried to get segment changed, but Vince was adamant on it. Anderson feels it was personal, with Vince looking to gain a little measure of revenge on Arn for leaving the company many years prior to the incident.
“Two people that were heavily involved in it were Jack Lanza who was like the backstage producer and Austin himself. They both told me that they went to Vince individually and collectively and said, ‘This guy is heavily respected in the business with the boys and the audience as well. This is really demeaning. Can’t we do something else? Both got turned down, flatly. Do I suspect foul play and a reason in my mind to do this? Yes.”
“Will it be very easy for his case to be, well, we don’t want to do it to Ric. It’s almost like you went out and put Austin over and got him ready for Ric for the next big PPV. You put him over clean in the middle but it’s just another way to do it. It could be punishment for leaving in 1989. He can wait a long time when he feels betrayed or feels like you’ve wronged him. We were the very first guys to turn our notice in during that era. I know he didn’t like it and you couple that with some other things and do I think that’s a possibility? Yes.”
“I know he waits a very long time if he feels like you screwed him. I can possibly see that. It was just so degrading and demeaning if you looked at it from the outside in. I’m a guy that you know what popped up in my head when they said we want Austin to pee on over you? My wife and kids. But that’s the reason why I did it and did it smiling. That’s who I am responsible for. People may think that’s not true, but everything I’ve done in this business, every sacrifice I’ve made, every time I’ve had guys come to me that I respect and say, ‘You don’t have to do that. You’re Arn Anderson. You don’t have to do that bullsh*t.”
“Just tell them no.’ I did what was requested to take care of my family. That’s my first responsibility on this Earth. He knows that anything he comes up with that is his idea that he wants to do for whatever reason, you can say no and find other employment. If you don’t say yes and do it with a smile, you may do with your teeth gritted and he’s going to know that and it’s like you didn’t do it at all so the punishment is going to be the same. He wants blind obedience in all of his requests and he doesn’t want you to have your own opinion unless it runs parallel to his. The audience knew he really didn’t pee on me although it looked the part.”
This is clearly just speculation. However, Vince’s love for toilet humor is well known and has used it in an attempt to humiliate wrestlers and even get some over in strange ways. While we may never know just why he planned that and was so determined to stick with it, we do known how Arn Anderson feels about it. If you really want, you can watch the segment below.
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