Steve Austin Discusses What Was “Really Hard” About Pro Wrestling Career
“Stone Cold” Steve Austin has revealed what he found the hardest part of his Pro Wrestling career, reflecting on the pressure to stay on top in WWE.
Steve Austin is one of the most successful Pro Wrestlers in history, Austin is a Six-time WWE Champion, Three-time Royal Rumble winner, and generated huge revenues for WWE during the Attitude Era.
Austin’s hottest run in the industry began after winning the 1996 King of the Ring tournament when the “Austin 3:16” phrase was born.
Stone Cold would go on to be the company’s biggest Superstar, feuding with owner Vince McMahon and having a trilogy of WrestleMania matches with The Rock.
During this time, Steve Austin battled with career threatening injuries, including a broken neck suffered in a Summerslam 1997 match with Owen Hart.
Sidewalks Entertainment released two interviews with The Rattlesnake where he discussed what it takes to reach the top of the industry, and how difficult it is to stay there.
“You just described my wrestling career, and it was actually a blast. When I started, I was actually terrible. Through trial and tribulations and paying dues on the road, I ended up being really good at it. That was just due to a lot of hard work.
I had a lot of great times in the business, it was the number one passion in my life was my wrestling career. I’ve said that on many occasions.
That is a real tough life and it will take a lot out of you because you have to give it everything you’ve got. You’re living out on the road, you can never come out of the road because if you do, someone will replace you.
The pressure is hot, the injury rate is high, and you go down the road with a bunch of guys that you come to know and live and some of the craziest individuals that you’ll ever meet in your life.
Throughout it all, you’re just trying to go up the card. When I first got into the business of wrestling, I just got in to be a wrestler. When you get in there, ‘Oh, okay, you want to be on top.’ Getting to the top is the journey. Remaining on top is really hard.
Through it all, I met some great people and I’m thankful to every body that helped me out in my career and took me under my arm and gave me some tips of wisdom and I’m thankful to WWE for the opportunity.”
Steve Austin, who has recently has praised a WWE Superstar he finds “very entertaining”, returned for one final match at WrestleMania 38, defeating Kevin Owens on Night One, before returning the following night to deliver Stunner’s to Austin Theory and Vince McMahon.
The Hall of Famer has also shared what he thinks of CM Punk, amidst rumors Punk may be returning to AEW.
H/t to Fightful