Can you possibly think of a cooler job than being Stone Cold's beer guy during the Attitude Era? Mark Yeaton worked for WWE for decades as a referee and timekeeper, but it was also his responsibility to bring cases of beer to his ringside and be the guy tossing cans to Stone Cold whenever he signaled for them. Mark joined Austin on his latest podcast and Stone Cold came clean on just how much REAL beer he was actually drinking in his hey day.
"Steve Austin: Were you in Japan the time we did the beer bash with the Dudleys and Stacy Keibler? .... We went through 115 beers that night [in Japan], and that was the most I ever went through. And a lot of people said ‘hey man, was that real beer?’ And I say yes, it was always real beer… except for the one time. We were in Montreal, I think it was Sunday, something like that. Whatever it was, or maybe it was against the rules of the building, but it was NA beer, non-alcohol. And so all of a sudden those pictures start making the rounds and people are thinking ‘oh they’re throwing this guy non-alcohol beer.’ … that was one time.
It was always hard to tell just how much Austin was having to drink since most of it seemed to be spilling out, but Stone Cold said it definitely still affected him:
I can’t tell you how many times I left the ring and I had a little bit of a buzz because of all the beers I was drinking. When you’re shotgunning anywhere from six to 12 beers, and maybe you get half of ‘em in. On an empty stomach, after you’ve wrestled, it goes to your head pretty quick.
Stone Cold also discussed how much fun he had tossing beers to some of the other guys:
There was a couple of times when I got to do a little bit of business with Goldberg and we got to do something after a match. I go out there and I keep tossing Bill beers, and this is back when Bill didn’t really drink beer. He had to drink ‘em to keep up his gimmick because Stone Cold throwing ‘em to him. And I’d always keep shoveling him beers to get him buzzed, basically it was a rib."
Steve also goes into detail with Mark about the differences in ring constructions from the 80s through now.
You can listen to the entire podcast here.