Stone Cold Steve Austin: ‘I was about to die’ performing a stunt in The Attitude Era

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World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Hall of Famer Stone Cold Steve Austin recently revealed on the Steve Austin Show that a stunt nearly resulted in his death during The Attitude Era. On a 1999 episode of Raw, The Texas Rattlesnake was scripted to destroy The Rock’s (actor Dwayne Johnson) brand new Lincoln Town Car with a Monster Truck.

Austin was unaware of the monster truck segment

Austin mentioned that he found out about the storyline when he arrived at the arena for the show. This meant that he had to undergo a quick lesson to drive the truck, given that he had never driven one before.

“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–k and that 1,800 horsepower motor is churning out exhaust fumes. So I’m in this room and they shut the door behind me,” Stone Cold said on the podcast (h/t Henry Smith of Viral Thread).

“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. If they hadn’t of cued me when they did—I was about to die”

The stunt eventually ended up going off without any problem. Austin went off to demolish The Rock’s Lincoln Town car with his Austin 3:16 emblazoned monster truck.

Austin took part in several outside-the-box segments during the Attitude Era

Several crazy things happened in the WWF (now WWE) during the booming Attitude era of the mid to late 1990’s. Stone Cold was the biggest star back then in the company. He sold out arenas and broke ratings records week after week.

During the 52-year-old’s celebrated Attitude Era run, he was often asked to partake in outside-the-box segments. In addition to the monster truck, he once used a cement truck to destroy Vince McMahon’s car.

The Texas Rattlesnake also drove a beer truck to ringside and doused those inside the ring with his beverage of choice. Austin and The Rock had no shortage of great moments during their lengthy rivalry, which included three WrestleMania matches, and the monster truck stunt is near the top of the list.

Photo courtesy: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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