'The Texas Rattlesnake' Stone Cold Steve Austin is one of the most fondly remembered wrestlers in WWF/WWE history.
He represents the peak of mainstream interest in the world of professional wrestling, and his iconic image is something that brings a smile to anyone who took an interest during the 'Attitude era' golden age.
And he's still a popular figure to this day, as his podcast 'The Steve Austin Show' is one of the most downloaded around, and it was on this platform that he told of a story that will delight anyone who knows what it means to shout "D-VON!! GET THE TABLES!!"...
Stone Cold's guest on his podcast this week was former WWE timekeeper Mike Yeaton, who was the guy that was tasked with throwing Austin a beer whenever the superstar demanded one in the ring, something he did often, as his trademark became slamming two beers together and downing them while atop the turnbuckle. People loved it.
But some people also questioned it's legitimacy, with many skeptics claiming the beers were not real. This was something Austin was very eager to dismiss, as he claimed that wrestling on an empty stomach would often lead to him feeling an instant buzz after his chugging exploits:
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.’ … that was one time.
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.
But the real takeaway from this episode of the podcast was a story involving The Dudley Boyz and former WWE Diva Stacy Keibler.
It turns out that Austin would often drink with colleagues after events, but one time in Japan things got a little out of hand as the quartet put away a staggering 115 beers in one sitting.
Were you in Japan the time we did the beer bash with the Dudleys and Stacy Keibler? .... We went through 115 beers that night [in Japan], and that was the most I ever went through.
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.
That is insane.
We can only imagine that the tables of whatever room their drinking session was confined to were never the same again. The beers were really, the sessions were heavy, and that's the bottom line, because Stone Cold said so.