Growing up in the nineties and early Millennium the biggest name in wrestling wasn’t John Cena or Brock Lesnar, it was the beer-swilling, bad boy, Stone Cold Steve Austin.
Austin, who’s considered by some as one of the greatest wrestlers of all time, was best known for his outrageous behaviour and feuds with Triple H and Vince McMahon.
If there was one thing Austin would never feud with though, it was his greatest love of all, beer.
Yes, Stone Cold Steve was synonymous with stone cold beer, often cracking open a few cheeky cans during matches or to celebrate finishing off an opponent.
Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end though and at the age of 53 Austin has revealed he’s given up raising hell, quit alcohol and started doing yoga.
Austin made the announcement on his podcast The Steve Austin Show where he revealed he’d stopped drinking as part of an ongoing diet and exercise program.
My eating program is going fantastic. [I’m] sticking to my exact macros. Zero alcohol for right at 14 days now.
Pounds are coming off. My strength is going up. Jesus Christ, I’m getting as strong as a goddamn horse over here.
No alcohol and when you hit the weights on a consistent basis and eat what you’re supposed to, it is amazing the difference that you can make or I’m making.
I’m also doing my DDP Yoga sh*t. Hell, I’m going to jump up here and do the splits like a god-dang cheerleader in a minute! I’m flexible as a motherf*cker.
Dallas’ program works like a b*tch. I appreciate it, Dallas. I appreciate it, man. That’s a badass program. I’m sticking to it!
Austin also explained how he tried to swap the booze for medical marijuana to help manage the pain from injuries sustained during his pro-wrestling career and to keep his alcohol cravings at bay.
Unfortunately, medical marijuana isn’t for everyone and the experience left Stone Cold Steve a little paranoid he’d get busted for enjoying a sly joint.
In his words:
I’m thinking, ‘man, here I am, retired from the wrestling business, a global icon and a national treasure, and I’m about to get busted for f*cking one joint because I wanted to try out a god damn marijuana cigarette, so I could get away from the booze.
Good on Stone Cold for kicking the habit, and by habit I mean drinking Coors Light. I mean seriously, not to go all beer snob on someone who could literally throw me across the room with one arm, but no wonder he never seemed drunk in the ring.
Coors Light is basically beer in name only, it’s swill Steve.
If you ever want a real drink let us know next time you’re in the UK, and we’ll treat you to a real pint like a frosty Boddingtons down The Wheatsheaf.
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More of a concept than a journalist, Tom Percival was forged in the bowels of Salford University from which he emerged grasping a Masters in journalism.
Since then his rise has been described by himself as ‘meteoric’ rising to the esteemed rank of Social Editor at UNILAD as well as working at the BBC, Manchester Evening News, and ITV.
He credits his success to three core techniques, name repetition, personality mirroring, and never breaking off a handshake.