“I Was Doing a Lot of Dumb S**T”- Stone Cold Steve Austin on His WWE Retirement

Published 01/27/2021, 11:47 PM EST
HOUSTON – APRIL 04: 2009 WWE Hall of Fame inductee Stone Cold Steve Austin attends the 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania’s WWE Hall of Fame at the Toyota Center on April 4, 2009 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/WireImage)


Stone Cold Steve Austin is the epitome of success in the world of wrestling. The Texas Rattlesnake is a pioneer who revolutionized wrestling with his body of work.

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From his WWE debut to his retirement in 2003, Austin 3:16 has had many legendary moments. In conversation with Michael Schiavello of The Voice Versus, Austin opened up on the emotions he felt during his last match.

How did Stone Cold Steve Austin feel after his career ended?

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Stone Cold Steve Austin wrestled his last match in WWE against his archrival The Rock. He and Dwayne had fought in two WrestleMania main events [15 and 17] and this was the last clash. Austin won the first two matches, but the third match in their iconic trilogy went to The Rock.

“Yeah, you know what, it was a real weird day at the office man. I was running too damn hard, I was doing a lot of dumb s**t. Probably drinking way too much, you know, quit honestly and being very candid. But also, you know, my neck was starting to catch back up with me.”

Austin‘s history with neck injuries cost him a couple of years of his career.

“It was almost like a weight was lifted off my back as much as it hurt me because I was emotional that whole day. I get emotional thinking about it. Tough business to get out of, you know. You love that business if I think anybody can sit in my chair and if you really love the business, when you gotta exit and you’re not ready to exit, it’s hard. It’s real hard.” (Voice Versus w/ Michael Schiavello.)

The Rattlesnake wanted to continue the grind

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Austin described his experience as wanting to stay and grind in the business. The six-time World Champion loved what he did and wanted to continue.

“You want to stay in there and keep on the grind and keep doing it and keep going. But I’d already made that decision and that was a road I had to go down and that was the road I needed to go down and that’s what I did.”

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Three Royal Rumble wins, six World Championships and a Hall of Fame induction later, Stone Cold Steve Austin has earned it all. We guarantee him to be one figure on the Mount Rushmore of professional wresting.

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Nathan Fulgado is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Having published close to 1000 professional wrestling articles, Nathan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier's College. He has previously worked at Free Press Journal as a local journalist.

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