Stone Cold reveals the stunt that almost turned deadly
WWE star Stone Cold Steve Austin.
SEVERAL crazy things happened in the WWF (now WWE) during the booming “Attitude” era of the mid to late 1990’s.
It was then that “Stone Cold” Steve Austin was the biggest star in the wrestling world, selling out arenas and breaking ratings records week after week.
From driving a beer truck to the ring and spraying WWE owner Vince McMahon, to filling a Corvette up with cement, the Stone Cold character was involved in some ridiculous stunts.
But the star has revealed how one of those insane skits almost turned deadly.
Stone Cold was scripted to destroy The Rock’s (actor Dwayne Johnson) brand new Lincoln Town Car with a Monster Truck on an episode of Monday Night Raw — as you do.
Austin found out about the storyline when he arrived at the arena for the show, which meant a quick lesson was in order, given he’d never driven such a vehicle before.
“Well hell, I didn’t know how to drive a monster truck. So there I was in the parking lot, driving the Austin 3:16 monster truck,” Austin revealed on The Steve Austin Show podcast.
“It was a bad ass dodge with an alcohol/methanol motor and about 1800 horsepower. Anyway, I learn to drive the monster truck after about 15-20 minutes in the parking lot.
“The thing about me I can drive anything in about fifteen minutes. Don’t give a s*** what it is, I can drive it.”
So with Austin now given a crash course in Monster Truck driving, the star went about crushing the car on live TV, only thing was, the angle hadn’t been planned out thoroughly enough in advance.
REMEMBER THAT TIME THAT STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN DESTROYED THE ROCK’S BRAND NEW LINCOLN WITH A MONSTER TRUCK!? pic.twitter.com/Mywth37nqe
— Mike Pence Anime (@MikeAnimePence) April 6, 2017
While the actual crushing of the vehicle went to plan, what followed could have turned deadly.
“So there we are, we go live. I get my cue and off I go running up and down that car, crushing the s*** out of it. Then there’s going to be a deal where I drive the truck into the arena,” Austin detailed.
“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 f*** and that 1800 horsepower motor is churning out exhaust fumes.
“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, mother***er, I was going to crash that gate doing 98 (157km/h) and go and take my own cue and haul a** into the arena, if they hadn’t of cued me when they did- I was about to die.”
WWF Raw April 19 1999
And now Stone Cold is entering the arena in his monster truck and parks on top of The Rock’s hearst. This is crazy!! pic.twitter.com/ZEfhlseAM8
— Cesar (@theredstandard) February 12, 2017
Austin fortunately escaped a dire situation, however it wasn’t the only time the angle nearly went horribly wrong.
“So I went out there and they had this carpet laid out and one of the camera guys was standing on the carpet and I gassed that motor and that big a** monster truck yanked the carpet right underneath one of the camera guys and he goes flying,” Austin recalled.
“You could see his view finder going flying up in the air and I was in there laughing my a** off, luckily he wasn’t hurt.”
WWE chairman Vince McMahon. Source:Twitter
The angle was not only proof at just how crazy things got in the late nineties in wrestling, but also the expense WWE owner Vince McMahon was prepared to go to for a simple backstage angle.
“The (destroyed) Lincoln Town car was gold and it was brand new,” Austin revealed.
“Vince had someone buy it off the damn showroom lot that day, it was a real deal McCoy Lincoln Town Car for shoot (real), it cost like $30,000.”
Former WWE producer Bruce Prichard also talked about the popular Monster Truck segment on his Something to Wrestle podcast, giving insight into the thinking of McMahon.
“Vince was such a stickler, here’s the difference between Vince McMahon and everybody else.(WWE producer) Jerry Briscoe had a new looking Lincoln Town Car that we could have gotten for about $5000,” Prichard explained on his podcast.
“He could have had it painted and made it look like a brand new $50,000 Lincoln Town Car. Polished, it would have looked absolutely beautiful — because it was at night. You weren’t going and taking a tour of it.
“Vince was like ‘people would be able to tell a mile away’, so he went and bought a brand new Lincoln Town Car for The Rock to drive into the scene and get it trashed — because people will know.
“That was the idea — don’t do it half assed.”