Austin Matelson, the 30-year-old former pro wrestler from California, was evicted on Tuesday’s surprise eviction episode of Big Brother 17. We spoke to Austin about being blindsided, what he really thinks about Vanessa and who’ll be entering the jury house: Austin or Judas!
You would have had an entirely different game without Liz or Julia — what was your original strategy going into the house?
Well, it wasn’t very good because I was in a bromance with Jace, who got blindsided and backdoored week one. Let’s just thank the Big Brother Gods that Liz was there to keep me in the game as long as I was.
Vanessa has been an interesting player all season. How deserving is she of winning? Would you agree that she has had stronger gameplay than Liz?
No, she has not. Vanessa’s strategy is not going to win her the game. She does not take into account the human aspect of what’s going on in there. Otherwise, she would not have betrayed her closest ally and the last person who would have fought for her in the jury house to win the game. Liz on the other hand, has played an honest game and if she can win a few competitions, she’ll win the money.
Had you been in control this week, would taking Vanessa further been in your favour or would you have made the same decision she did with you and send her out?
I would have honoured our commitment to each other made on day two, and send either Steve or Johnny Mac to the jury house. 100%.
Is there a certain game move or eviction that you regret?
James on the double eviction. If we had a week to think about that, we probably would have saved him.
Will you be entering the jury house as Austin or as Judas? Are you looking forward to seeing anyone there? Are you not looking forward to seeing someone there?
As usually, I will be both Austin and Judas because I don’t know what the hell is going on. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing James, Meg and Julia. As far as everyone else goes, I’m hoping they’re not angry at me for something because I hope to be friends with all of them.
You seemed in total shock when you walked out the house — completely blindsided. What was going through your head at that moment?
Vanessa completely betrayed me. I knew it was a possibility because it’s Big Brother, but her game was about playing with integrity and not betraying me since we made a final two deal on the second day. She swore to me on her family, her girlfriend, the LGBT community and the Bible and she’ll have to deal with those consequences of making those pledges and going back on it. Then, I thought about Liz. I felt so bad that she would have to stay in that environment. Her heart is too good to play with people like this and I can’t be there to protect her. That’s the hardest part for me.
Big Brother airs another eviction tonight (Wednesday, September 16) at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Global and CBS. Another new episode airs Sunday at 8 p.m., followed by the 90-minute season finale on Wednesday at 9:30 p.m.