Everyone has a bit of a soft spot for wrestling – and Stone Cold Steve Austin was one of the baddest guys to do it at the time.
Well, it turns out that during WWE’s heyday, one particular stunt nearly killed Austin live on screen.
On his podcast The Steve Austin Show, he explained how waiting around in a room with a monster-truck almost caused him to suffocate during an ad break in 1999.
In the video below (the mental stuff starts at 5:00), you can see the stunt he’s referring to:
On his podcast, Stone Cold said:
So I go into the back door of the arena and I’m in a holding room with a couple of curtains in front of me. The monster truck was loud as fuck and that 1800 horsepower motor is churning out exhaust fumes.WWE
So I’m in this room and they shut the door behind me. It was about a three minutes commercial break, so the whole time the people back home are watching commercials, I’m in a room, inside a truck, breathing methanol/alcohol fumes — I could barely breathe.
I was just begging for the show to come back on air so I could charge out in the audience and get a breath of fresh air.
I’m breathing all those exhaust fumes, motherfucker, I was going to crash that gate doing 98 [miles per hour] and go and take my own cue and haul ass into the arena, if they hadn’t of cued me when they did – I was about to die.
The fact that Stone Cold even has a podcast is great news, and the fact that he’s giving us these throwback bits of insider info is even better.
You can’t even tell that he’s just had to endure three minutes of hell, which proves how good a performer he really was.
Even though all this stuff was clearly faked, it’s kind of cool to know that some of this stuff was pretty dangerous.
One thing that wasn’t fake, however, was that brand new Lincoln, which apparently cost $30,000.
This has given us major nostalgia for the 90’s era of WWF. Attitude all the way.