Stone Cold Steve Austin has been hit with chairs, thrown through tables and nearly paralyzed from a piledriver, but on the latest edition of ‘The Steve Austin show’ podcast, Stone Cold revealed one surprisingly incredible stunt that almost turned fatal.
In 1999, The Texas Rattlesnake was booked to destroy The Rock’s brand-new Lincoln Town car with his 3:16 monster truck, but Austin states that he only found out about the storyline when he arrived at the arena. Having never driven a monster truck before, a crash course was underway.
As transcribed by News.com.au, Austin hilariously detailed the incident. “Well hell, I don’t know how to drive a monster truck. So, there I was in the parking lot, driving the Austin 3:16 monster truck.
"It was a bad ass Dodge with an alcohol/methanol motor and about 1800 horsepower. Anyway, I learn to drive the monster truck after about 15-20 minutes in the parking lot."
“The thing about me, I can drive anything in about 15 minutes. Don’t give a s**t what it is, I can drive it. So, there we are, we go live. I get my cue and off I go running up and down that car, crushing the s**t out of it. Then there’s going to be a deal where I drive the truck into the arena."
“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 1800 horsepower motor is churning out exhaust fumes."
“So, I’m in this room and they shut the door behind me. It was about a three minute 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."
“I was just begging for the show to come back on air so I could charge out in the audience and get a breath of fresh air. I’m breathing all those exhaust fumes, motherf****r, I was going to crash that gate doing 98 and go and take my own cue and haul ass into the arena, if they hadn’t have cued me when they did – I was about to die.”
WWF Raw April 19 1999
Stone Cold arrives to the parking lot in a monster truck and destroys The Rock's custom Lincoln Continental!! pic.twitter.com/X5B6pkfq7T— Cesar (@theredstandard) February 12, 2017
Thankfully, the stunt went off without any casualties and added another memorable moment to one of the WWE's greatest rivalries.