“Stone Cold” Steve Austin changed the way people watch wrestling when he and the other headliners from the Attitude Era (and in part, his competition in WCW) became responsible for the biggest ratings boom in the history of professional wrestling, before or since. Now Austin is trying to change the way fans think about the product as he’s watching alongside them instead of swigging beers and tossing up middle fingers.
Austin has still made the occasional appearance on WWE programming, though he did hint that his run-in during WrestleMania32 might have been the last time we’ll see him in a wrestling ring. The Texas Rattlesnake is mostly relegated to making his own craft beer, and of course, the podcast arena.
Nowadays, there are two versions of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. There’s the unfiltered version that hosts his own podcast, The Steve Austin Show, and then there’s the slightly buttoned-up version on the monthly WWE Network specials. Austin is still entertaining in the latter, but he’s somewhat restricted by what he can say and ask, leaving the viewers with a little to be desired. Austin’s next WWE Network podcast will feature the company’s hottest new star, AJ Styles.