WWE Hall of Famer Steve Austin says he can't wrestle anymore and won't try to live in the past.
The Texas Rattlesnake was the star of the show when WWE brought several veterans on for a one-night event called the Raw Reunion Special last month. And while he was able to get the crowd going with a little lip and a lot of beer, he's not looking to get back into the ring for physical reasons.
The 54-year-old recently started up a new TV show called Straight Up Steve Austin on which he hangs out with various celebrities. Sports Illustrated's Justin Barrasso caught up with the former wrestler for a chat about the new show and Austin would also touch on his Raw visit in July, claiming that his wrestling days are well behind him.
“It’s a tremendous opportunity and an honor to follow Raw,” he said. “That’s the audience that built me and supported me for all those years. I’m following the world from which I came from. But I can’t wrestle anymore, I don’t live in the past. I’m happy I was ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin, but I also want to show people who and what Steve Austin is all about.”
Austin doesn't want to steal attention from anyone when he does feature on WWE programming. Yet you'd have never guessed while watching him at the Reunion Special last month.
“To me, when I go back to WWE, it’s all about the current generation,” he added. “I got my s**t in during the [reunion] show in Tampa, but I want those people to have as much camera time as possible. When I do go out there, I’m pretty easy to deal with these days. Back in the day, when I was making my climb and finally getting some traction, I was an animal. I was very proactive in protecting the ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin character. I’m a little more relaxed now, and I’ll make the most of whatever they give me.”