Steve Austin Speaks on Podcasting, WrestleMania Experiences & More

Mike Killam

WWE Hall of Famer "Stone Cold" Steve Austin recently spoke with Richard George of IGN about his adventures in podcasting, the Steve Austin Show, his very first WrestleMania experiences and more. 

When asked why he chose to do the Steve Austin Show, when he had literally every option available to him to further his career post-wrestling, the Texas Rattlesnake was blunt. 

“I wanted to do a podcast about a year ago, but didn’t take the initiative and get going with it. But what I look at it as is a creative outlet, to reach my fanbase. You know, when you’re in the WWE, and you’re in 160 countries around the world, 30 different languages – and then you get off that ride – you might as well be on a street corner with a megaphone yellquo;s life. It’s a creative outlet for me to exercise my brain – bottom line.”

ing s**t out. You know? You’ve lost your broadcast platform. So the Steve Austin Show – even though this is 10, 11 years after I retired – is basically audio whoop ass. It doesn’t even really have a format, it’s just whatever I want to talk about. Conversations. Interviews. Humor. Insight or advice. It’s wrestling, it&rs

Austin also spoke about the acoustics in large arenas, and how they can be extremely deceptive to those working in the ring. 

“When you go to a place like Toronto, the Sundome, the acoustics aren’t real good in that place. You can be in there – this actually happened to us in Detroit, when I was refereeing the match between Vince’s side and Trump’s side – and you think you’re stinking up the joint because you can’t hear anything. You need those speakers on the ring apron. [In Detroit] we thought we were s***ing the bed out there. That’s more on specific, trickier buildings though. On 20,000 seaters versus 70,000 seaters, a couple hours before when you see the setup, it’s certainly awe-inspiring, but as far the work goes, as long as the acoustics are good, it’s all the same." 

Check out Austin's full interview with IGN for more on his WrestleMania memories, his upcoming interview with Ric Flair, and more. 

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