Having been part of one of the most memorable segments on WWE Raw ever, Steve Austin has now revealed one of the secrets involved in his famous beer truck incident with The Rock.
The rivalry between ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin, The Rock and Vince McMahon in the build-up to WrestleMania 15 was intense, with ‘The Texas Rattlesnake’ seemingly causing havoc everywhere he went.
It was the 22nd March 1999 episode of Monday Night Raw which will stand out in the memory of many, as The Corporation was in the ring before being ambushed by Steve Austin, who used a beer truck to soak his foes.
Speaking on a recent episode of the BrewBound podcast, Steve Austin detailed how he found out that the iconic segment was going to take place, as well as revealing that there was actually only 30 gallons of beer, after which he was just spraying water.
Well, you know, living on the road back in those days was a pretty wild time,” he said. “A lot of times you got creative the day of. I remember arriving in the building, Vince or somebody is saying, ‘hey man, you’re going to drive a beer truck into the arena, and hose down The Rock.’ I bumped the ring with it, and the first 30 gallons that came out was actually beer, and then it turned into water.
When you show up, and you hear all the crazy sh*t they’ve had me do, whether it was Zambonis, beer trucks, driving cement trucks, filling in a corvette with cement, just totaling a brand new corvette, you know. We were able to do so much fun things, it’s those moments that people will never forget, and that beer truck was one of them.
Steve Austin went on to credit the incredible roster he was working alongside at the time for the ratings WWE was able to achieve.
As I stood on top of that beer truck delivering the go-home promo for Rock for WrestleMania 15, it was a hell of a night at the office. People just sh*t their pants, because you just don’t see that every day,” he said. “And that’s the kind of stuff we were doing, sh*t, it seemed like damn near every Monday night we were doing something off the wall, and that’s why the ratings were so high. Well, I’ve got to give a lot of credit to the roster, we had a loaded roster with a lot of great creative, and we were just on a tear.
It was also a unique moment for Austin, as he only had the chance to see everyone’s reactions live as it was not a segment they were able to rehearse.
But you know what’s awesome? When you see the reaction, because you don’t know what’s going to happen, that’s not something you practice. You do it on the spot, live, and you don’t know how it’s going to shake out. So I am spraying Vince down, and him being the ultimate promoter starts swimming on the mat trying to get away.
I am spraying The Rock down, and then at one time I was doing to give myself a drink of beer, and that thing is on full throttle. So, if you watch that back when I tip that thing up to try and take a drink from it, it’s pouring out almost the force of a fire hose. I almost took myself out of the game with that flow of beer and water. It was amazing, and I really had so much fun with my WWE career.
‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin made a sensational return to the ring and defeated Kevin Owens at WrestleMania 38, and has left the door open for a potential return to the ring at the spectacle next year if he gets the call.
With thanks to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.