The “Universal Heartthrob” Austin Idol opens up about working for Vince McMahon Sr., he details being managed by “Captain” Lou Albano and Paul Heyman, plus provides graphic details about the plane crash that he barely survived.
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Austin Idol commented on working for Vince McMahon Sr. and whether or not we was hands-on by saying, “He wasn’t there that much… he stayed in Florida. He’d only come in for the big ones. He’d only come in for New York and the Garden. You really didn’t see him much so everybody else was really running the operation.”
Austin Idol went in-depth describing the plane crash that he survived, he said:
“You could cut the tension and anxiety that was in that cockpit. You can cut it with a knife. Nobody’s talking. Everybody knows that this is really serious and it’s intense and everybody’s nervous.” He added, “I came up to the surface. Immediately you are in shock. I mean but I’ll never forget it. Here I am… I’m treading water out in Tampa Bay… and the water’s choppy and I don’t hear anything but water crashing. I hear nothing. Now I’m thinking I’m the only one that survived… I yelled out again and I hear Gary Hart say, ‘I’m over here’.
On who chose Paul Heyman as his manager, “That was my doing… We kind of hit it off pretty good and I said to (Jerry) Lawler one day… I like this kid, why don’t you put him with me as my manager?” Idol concluded, “I thought it would give him a break and kinda freshen me up a little bit too, something different.”
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