One of the lasting images of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin has to be him effortlessly catching and drinking cans of beer tossed to him from off-screen after matches, after promos, and generally any time he wanted a beer. This week on the Stone Cold Podcast, Austin talked with the man responsible for making sure all those tosses got into Austin’s hands, former long-time WWE timekeeper Mark Yeaton.
“Were you in Japan the time we did the beer bash with the Dudleys and Stacy Keibler…We went through 115 beers that night, and that was the most I ever went through. And a lot of people said ‘Hey man, was that real beer?’ And I say yes, it was always real beer…except for the one time. We were in Montreal, I think it was Sunday, something like that. Whatever it was, or maybe it was against the rules of the building, but it was NA beer, non-alcohol. And so all of a sudden those pictures start making the rounds and people are thinking ‘Oh they’re throwing this guy non-alcohol beer.’”
“I can’t tell you how many times I left the ring and I had a little bit of a buzz because of all the beers I was drinking. When you’re shotgunning anywhere from six to 12 beers, and maybe you get half of ‘em in. On an empty stomach, after you’ve wrestled, it goes to your head pretty quick.”
“There was a couple of times when I got to do a little bit of business with Goldberg and we got to do something after a match. I go out there and I keep tossing Bill beers, and this is back when Bill didn’t really drink beer. He had to drink ‘em to keep up his gimmick because Stone Cold throwing ‘em to him. And I’d always keep shoveling him beers to get him buzzed, basically it was a rib.”
As always, Austin’s podcasts are well worth your time, so go ahead and give it a listen.