WWE Star Steve Austin Hopes to Find ‘Common Ground’ In New TV Show
By Movieguide® Staff
Former WWE star “Stone Cold” Steve Austin recently premiered season 2 of his show STRAIGHT UP STEVE AUSTIN, the significant next step after he retired from professional wrestling in 2003 due to injury.
Austin experimented with other career paths, such as acting, but eventually found his way into podcasting and hosting after his stint as emcee on WWE’s TOUGH ENOUGH.
“I love to talk to people but if you had told me many years ago that, ‘Hey, you’re going to have an action interview show on TV,’ I would have said, man, you must be crazy,” Austin told Fox News.
In the second season, each episode features Austin and a new gust discussing their “lives and careers during a one-of-a-kind, custom-tailored adventures in different cities across America.”
Austin’s goal for the show is to promote unity and finding common ground.
“I’m fascinated by success stories or stories of hardship and how people overcame things to become successful or get to the top,” Austin said. “I’m just curious by nature [about their backgrounds]. I had a career of my own and I had my own obstacles. And now to be able to share common ground and do activities with my guests and learn more about them is really interesting for me.”
In the new season, Austin talks to guests such as singer Luke Combs, actor Ice T, and comedian Tiffany Haddish.
Austin reflected: “Like many productions during COVID, we got shut down, and then finally we got a chance, a window of opportunity to shoot the show. And we shot it between August and November. I had been waiting for over a year to shoot Season 2. And even in a pandemic, we were so fortunate to line up a fantastic list of guests. And I’m proud of the show and the crew who work their tails off on this show.”
While the show airs on USA on Mondays at 11 p.m. ET/PT, Movieguide® has not reviewed STRAIGHT UP STEVE AUSTIN and cannot advise on its content.
The TV hosting gig is something Austin never expected after his turn in the ring.
“I didn’t have a Plan B, I must succeed [at wrestling]. And through a lot of struggle, I ended up succeeding. Then I retired because of an injury. I had no exit strategy either,” Austin said.
In his new career as an interviewer and TV personality, Austin held on to his parent’s advice.
“My dad always told me, ‘Steve if you’re going to do something, do it right the first time so you don’t have to come back and do it again.’ And, you know, growing up, I had three brothers and one sister, and we all had our chores. And if you didn’t get your chores done, well, you had consequences. So my parents taught us that you must work hard in life. You have to have a work ethic,” Austin recalled.