He is synonymous with World Wrestling Entertainment, if not all of professional wrestling, as one of the most popular performers in theatrical sports history. Stone Cold Steve Austin can still elicit a reaction from the crowd like few have ever done with the simple sound of breaking glass to begin its entrance theme. And the now 58-year-old Texas Rattlesnake is embarking on a new adventure outside the squared circle to Stone Cold takes on Americawhich airs April 30 on A&E at 10 p.m. EST, with new episodes airing weekly in the same TV block.
The premise of the show is to see Stone Cold do the activities he missed. while travel the world as the best guy in pro wrestling. What activities ? As he says in the promo for the series, he’ll take on any challenge that’s tough enough for him. And while Stone Cold is primarily known for his time in WWE, very little wrestling is involved on the show. Stone Cold told Deadspin that there are many flashbacks to his career throughout the series and a segment filmed with former WWE wrestler Mason Ryan. However, the show doesn’t focus on the action between the strings and turnbuckles at all. Because of this, Stone Cold traveled in part to find who he is outside of his persona as a beer-drinker, middle finger flipper, mud-hole stomping, and dry-walking.
“I am Steve Austin. And that’s how I live my life. All my buddies that I know here in the area of Nevada where I live, man, I’m considered a local. So I’m not living my life as Stone Cold,” the six-time WWE Champion recently told Deadspin. “And that was almost a problem I had in the early episodes because it’s Stone Cold takes on America. I had kind of an identity crisis because I could go to Stone Cold now if I wanted to. But I didn’t and I never did during the show. A few times I said ‘Give me a hell yeah!’ But for a while there, I really struggled with who do people want to see? Do they want to see me as a human being?
Austin continued, “And I asked one of the guys who was on the network, ‘Is it enough to be Steve Austin? Because it says Stone Cold. And I struggled with that, no pun intended, during part of the filming of this show. And I think eventually, maybe halfway through, I kind of figured out who I was and what I was. … Sometimes I don’t know where Stone Cold starts and Steve Austin comes in. I found out that while filming the show, Stone Cold is pretty specific to the world of wrestling or competitive endeavors. And going through life myself, I exist as a guy named Steve Austin. The personality is still there, but I’m a very different cat.
Stone Cold Steve Austin on the road
Filming for the new Austin show began in November and didn’t wrap until the last week of March with a sabbatical of about a month in the middle. Per Austin, WWE was approached to take part in the show, but it didn’t materialize due to the company’s focus on its biggest annual event, WrestleMania. Some of the duties Austin “takes on” are more common than being a professional wrestler during the series. He’ll go bowling with competitive seniors, try to become an attentive server, and do live weather — green screen and all. And in Austin’s heyday in the WWEhe didn’t see much of the cities he visited other than the arena, hotel, and airport.
“It wasn’t really about going to different cities and stuff like that, but just really doing things that I wanted to do or just doing things that anyone in America would do,” Austin said. at Deadspin. “Being on the road is being on a road and having a steering wheel in your hand, some of those journeys all you do is drive.
“…I’ve been out of the wrestling business for 19 years now. And my wife and I really enjoy traveling in our RV and camping and stuff like that. But we haven’t been as active in that regard than in the past. So to get out on the road and film the show, there was a little stop, with internal things going on. And then we resumed. And we stopped, my crew I was missing. And I was like, ‘Man, I’m not doing anything because where is my crew?’ And we finally started again and ended up and it was kind of bittersweet because we kind of grew into a big family and I think we did some really good things, and I hope the really good ones things outweigh the bad.