Stone Cold Steve Austin has an identity crisis while filming a new TV show

He is synonymous with world wrestling entertainment as one of the most popular performers in theatrical sports history, if not all of professional wrestling. stone Cold Steve Austin Starting your entrance theme with the simple sound of breaking glass can still elicit a crowd response. And now the 58-year-old Texas rattlesnake is taking on a new adventure outside the square circle Stone Cold takes aim at Americawhich premieres April 30 at 10 PM Eastern on A&E, with new episodes airing weekly in the same television block.

Stone Cold struggles with identity crisis while shooting new show

Stone Cold struggles with identity crisis while shooting new show

The premise of the show is to see Stone Cold perform activities that he was unable to do while traveling the world as professional wrestling’s top man. what activities? As he puts it in the promos of the show, he will accept any challenge that is tough enough for him to take on. And while Stone Cold is primarily known for his time in WWE, very little wrestling is involved in the show. Stone Cold told Deadspin that there are a lot of flashbacks to his career throughout the series and a segment was filmed with former WWE wrestler Mason Ryan. However, the show doesn’t focus on the action between the ropes and turnbuckles at all. Because of that, Stone Cold travels partly to find out who he is outside of his beer-drinking, middle-finger flailing, stompin’-a-mudhole-and-walkin’-it-dry persona.

“I’m Steve Austin. And that’s how I live my life. All my friends that I know here in the area of ​​Nevada where I live consider me a local. So I don’t live my life as Stone Cold ,” the six-time WWE Champion recently told Deadspin. “And that was almost an issue I had in the first few episodes because it’s Stone Cold takes aim at America, I was having an identity crisis because I could have gone stone cold now if I wanted to. But I didn’t and I never did during the show. a couple of times i said ‘Give me hell yeah!’ But for a while, I really struggled with who do people want to see? Do they want to see me as a human being?”

New Series “Stone Cold Take on America” ​​Premieres April 30 on A&E

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 wrestled with that during the filming of that show, no pun intended. And I think in the end, maybe about halfway through, I found out who I was What else was there. … Sometimes I don’t know where Stone Cold starts and Steve Austin comes in. I learned that in filming the show, Stone Cold is pretty typical of 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 kind of a different cat.

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Filming of Austin’s new show began in November and didn’t end until the last week of March, with about a month of rest in between. According to Austin, WWE was approached to participate in the show, but it did not materialize due to the company’s focus on its biggest annual event, WrestleMania. Some of Austin’s “takes” are more generic than being a professional wrestler during the series. He’ll go bowling with some competitive seniors, try to be an attentive waiter and do live weather forecasts – green screen and more. and in Austin’s Prime Days in WWEHe didn’t see most of the cities he visited outside of the arena, hotel and airport.

Austin told Deadspin, “It wasn’t really about moving to different cities and things like that, but really doing things that I wanted to do or just doing things that nobody in America could do.” Will do.” “To be on the road is to be on the road and you have a steering wheel in your hands, some of them drive, all you are doing is driving.

“… I’ve been out of the wrestling business for 19 years. And my wife and I like to travel a lot in our RV and go camping and things like that. But we have not been as proactive in that regard as we have been in the past. So in order to go out on the road and film the show, there was a little pause with some of the internal stuff that was going on. And then we took off. And we stopped, I remembered my crew. And I was like ‘Man, I’m not doing anything because where’s my crew?’ And in the end we started back and finished and it was a little bitter because we’ve grown as one big family. And I think we’ve done some really good things, and I hope the really good things outweigh the bad things.