Stone Cold Steve Austin recalled his iconic beer truck segment where he soaked the Corporation and revealed there’s more to the segment than meets the eye!
In 1999, Stone Cold Steve Austin was on top of the World Wrestling Federation, wreaking havoc wherever he went and causing headaches for the Corporation, headed by his arch rival Vince McMahon and involving his WrestleMania 15 nemesis The Rock.
On the March 22nd episode of Raw in 1999, Steve Austin defeated the Big Show with Mick Foley as a special guest referee. However, that wasn’t enough for the go-home show ahead of WrestleMania 15, and the show ended with Austin soaking the Corporation with spray from a beer truck in the Pepsi Arena in Albany, NY.
Speaking on a recent episode of the BrewBound podcast, Steve Austin recalled how he found out he’d be using a beer truck in that iconic segment on the day of the show. He also revealed the secret that he wasn’t spraying beer the entire time, as after the first 30 gallons, he was rinsing his competition with 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 continued, attributing the high ratings of the time to a stellar roster that he had to work with during that period.
“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.”
Adding on to this, Steve Austin says that the most fun part of the segment was seeing the reaction from fans as he sprayed down his competition, as it’s something he didn’t get to practice and had to execute live in the moment.
“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.”
After 19 years of retirement, Steve Austin competed at WrestleMania 38 against Kevin Owens in the main event of night one and proceeded to give a stunner to Vince McMahon on night two. He recently said he’ll appear at WrestleMania 39 in California if he gets the call.