Former six-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion and WWE Hall of Famer “Stone Cold” Steve Austin is one of the few ex-wrestlers who has been able to enjoy life after wrestling, as he’s become a successful actor, television host, and, probably most notably, podcast host for Podcast One, hosting the twice-a-week podcast, the Steve Austin Show.
Occasionally “Stone Cold” will venture away from talking about the business that made him a star, but, primarily, the show focuses on wrestling — whether it’s a review of a recent WWE pay-per-view, or chatting with an ex, or current WWE wrestler, Austin makes sure to not forget where he came from, and he knows exactly what his audience wants to hear.
On top of being one of the few who has been able to successfully transition away from the wrestling business, Austin is one of the few who doesn’t really need WWE. Sure, Austin is still technically with the company via a WWE Legends contract, however, due to his success outside of WWE since he decided to hang up the black vest, black trunks, and black boots, he doesn’t need to be on WWE’s good side in order for him to be able to live comfortably.
So, with all of that said, you can certainly rely on Steve Austin for an honest review of any WWE event he takes the time to watch, and this was never more evident than on a recent edition of the Steve Austin Show with his guest, former UFC middleweight turned Global Force Pro Wrestling commentator Chael Sonnen.
About an hour into the show, Sonnen begins to tell Austin about being on a plane with the majority of the WWE locker room, where he was sitting directly behind Sheamus, and he was attempting to pitch the Irishman a brand new, ridiculous gimmick.
“I’m sitting directly behind Sheamus, and I inform him that I have a new angle for him, and I tell him my idea. Sheamus is the whitest white guy ever. So, I told him that he should work an angle where he comes out and tells everyone he’s black. And he says, ‘Oh, yeah, yeah, great idea.’ He no-sells me.”
Austin reacts to Sonnen’s story by telling the ex-UFC middleweight contender that, based on his idea for Sheamus, he would have been the worst booker in the history of the business, but then he quickly retracts, and says that Sonnen’s idea, by today’s standards, isn’t all that bad because “WWE is doing some pretty horrible s**t” nowadays.
“Chael, you probably would have been the worst booker in the history of the business. First of all, it’s a great story, but that would have been the worst piece of booking… Well, I don’t know, [WWE] is doing some pretty bad s**t right now so, maybe it would have worked, because I’ve seen worse s**t happen.”
Austin’s analysis of WWE’s recent creative direction is probably music to most WWE hardcore fans’ ears. During the podcast, Austin did admit that he doesn’t tune in to Monday Night RAW very often because he’s busy doing other things, and he’s just going off of the clips he sees online, and the pay-per-views that he watches on the WWE Network.
But, just because Austin may not be completely in-touch with what’s going on in WWE on a week-to-week basis, his opinion and analysis on what he does see is still held in the highest regard because, well, he’s “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, arguably the biggest star in the history of the business.
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