Steve Austin on Being Outspoken on His Podcast, If He Will Ever Wrestle Again, Acting vs. Reality TV

"Stone Cold" Steve Austin

– WWE Hall of Famer Steve Austin recently spoke with ABC News to talk Broken Skull Challenge on CMT, WWE 2K16, his podcast, his new beer and more. The full interview is at this link. Below are highlights:

Leaving pro wrestling and getting into acting, reality TV:

“My exit strategy from pro wrestling wasn’t carved in stone. I retired because of a few neck issues, some neurological issues … and finally after about three years of hunting and fishing, I said to myself, ‘Steve you need to get off you a** and get to L.A.’ When you wrestle for 15 years, you don’t want to go back to driving that forklift. Based on the name value I had, I went to L.A. and got involved in independent movies.”

“I really don’t do too many movies any more because memorizing words on a page is painful to me, but I love the reality stuff.”

Being outspoken on his podcast:

“When I came up with the Stone Cold [image] … I pushed the envelope creatively. Maybe that doesn’t exist today as much. People are a little trepidatious, because there’s really only one company to work for. … I’m pro WWE, but also I maintain my independence and speak my true thoughts, never bashing the product. But yes, I can be critical. I’ve earned the right to be critical.”

Will he ever return to the ring?

“Naw man, I’m done. I’d rather leave well enough alone.”

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