Arn Anderson Talks About Punishment He Received for Leaving WWE in 1989

Anderson worked for WWE for over two decades before he was fired by Vince McMahon. In 1988, Arn joined WWE but left after a year for the company’s rival, WCW.

In this second stint with WWE, Arn Anderson used to help Ric Flair in his matches. He even delivered a spine buster to The Undertaker at WrestleMania 18 on behalf of his friend. 

In 2002, Stone Cold Steve Austin was feuding with Ric Flair. Anderson continued to help Flair in his rivalry with Austin. But after some time, Steve got his revenge on the former WWE road agent. On an episode of Raw, The Rattersnake urinated on Arn in what was the most embarrassing segment of his career. 

Talking about the skit with Austin on his podcast, the current AEW employee revealed that it was a punishment given by Vince McMahon.

It is widely known that Vince doesn’t treat former WCW stars well. Sting, Booker T, and many other stars are proof of it. In 1989, Arn left WWE and joined WCW and this might be one of the reasons Vince booked this segment. 

“Two people that were heavily involved in it was Jack Lanza, who was the backstage producer, and Austin, himself,” Anderson said. “They both told me that they went to Vince individually and collectively, and said, ‘This guy’s really highly respected in the business with the boys and the audience as well. This is really demanding. Can we do something else?’ Both got turned down, flatly”.

Anderson also revealed that Austin and Jack Lanza, WWE producers at that time, went to Vince and asked him to reconsider the segment. Both were unsuccessful in convincing McMahon to change his mind. 

“Do I suspect foul play and a reason in his mind to be doing it? Yes. Will it be very easy for his case to be, ‘Well, we don’t want to do it to Ric.’ It’s the same thing as if you went out, put Austin over, and got him ready for Ric the next big pay-per-view. You put him over clean in the middle. Same concept, just a different way to do it. To go about it would be his argument; it could be punishment for leaving the way I did in ’89.”