“Stone Cold” Steve Austin has revealed that he has cancelled his award-winning podcast series – with the reason being very surprising to some fans!
The show was the first of it’s kind – a major wrestler from the WWE hosting their own podcast. While indie wrestlers like Colt Cabana had already conquered the world of podcasting, nobody who was as big in the business as Austin had transitioned into that world and become a success. And he managed it almost overnight and inspired a new genre in the world of podcasting.
He was one of the first podcasts – along with Colt Cabana’s Art of Wrestling – to features wrestlers talking to their friends and colleagues. The difference being that Austin’s guests were much bigger, world famous stars from the past, present and future. Guests included the likes of Hulk Hogan, John Cena and Kevin Steen (before he was Kevin Owens), as well as an early appearance by AEW Champion MJF before he became a big star.
“The Steve Austin Show” ran from April 2013, just after the record breaking Wrestlemania 29, all the way through to April 2020. An astonishing 7 year run which saw an average of 800,000 listeners per week and achieved 200 million downloads worldwide – an incredible amount of people that nobody could have expected.
He inspired many other wrestlers to pursue the idea of starting their own podcast. Not long after launching, he was joined by Chris Jericho who took the idea of “The Steve Austin Show” and created his own podcast – titled “Talk is Jericho”- which has since become the biggest pro-wrestling podcast of all time.
Austin also recorded special episodes just for the WWE Network, although the name of the show changed when made for television. It became “The Stone Cold Podcast” for the early episodes, but after the calamitous Dean Ambrose episode, took a multi-year hiatus before rebranding as “Broken Skull Sessions”. He has had guests like Triple H, Vince McMahon and the Undertaker on as stars, producing some of the most must-see shows on the WWE Network.
Steve Austin recently revealed why he was forced to cancel The Steve Austin Show podcast. peaking on The Wrestling Inc. Daily, Austin said he could not fit the podcast into his schedule every week and that he was simply too busy to record a new podcast once (or twice) a week going forward.
“I’ve really been enjoying the Broken Skull Sessions [his WWE Network series] just because I’m doing, what, one a month? We tape them whenever a window of opportunity lines up and we get a guest that we’re looking for. The weekly podcast kind of started getting a little bit in the way and became a little bit overbearing, so I just opted out.”
Steve Austin recently returned to the ring at Wrestlemania 38, defeating Kevin Owens in the main event of the first night. His comeback was a return to form for fans of the Texas Rattlesnake, who rolled back the years by drinking beer and hitting Stone Cold stunners whenever he could – most impressively on his classic rival Vince McMahon.
He is rumoured to return at the 2023 Royal Rumble as a surprise appearance. He also has a chance to win the match and set up a match with Roman Reigns at Wrestlemania 39, in a blockbuster match that would be the biggest WWE could possibly book.
The only match bigger than Steve Austin vs Roman Reigns would be the long-rumoured Roman Reigns vs The Rock match, which has been theorised for years and it seems like this could be the year it finally comes to fruition, with the Undisputed WWE Championship on the line.