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Stone Cold Steve Austin on why he stopped wrestling

Stone Cold Steve Austin

Stone Cold Steve Austin left WWE abruptly back in 2002 and while he returned to the company within a year, his wrestling career didn’t last for very long afterward.

During a recent episode of Sam Roberts’ Wrestling Podcast, Sam shared an old unheard interview of Stone Cold in which Austin commented on why he stopped wrestling.

According to the Texas Rattle Snake, he stopped wrestling because his body told him so and because he wanted to live an active life for the next 20-30 years:

“The reason I got out of professional wrestling was because my body said, ‘hey Steve, you’ve had enough.’ Now, I’m 100% as far as doing normal human being stuff, but it was time for me to ride off into the sunset and preserve my health. And I want to live an active life for 10 to 20, 30 more years doing the stuff that I do, riding my dirt bikes, four-wheelers, and the outdoor stuff that I love to do for a long, long time. And it was just time.”

Apart from this, Austin also revealed that Jim Ross helped him in making peace with WWE after his ‘walk out’ in 2002 and talked about his relationship with Hulk Hogan


  • David Wells

    I thought he had heart problems right before his match with The Rock at WM 19, at least that’s what was mentioned in his book!

  • David Wells

    Or Buddy Rogers!

  • Arnold Jackson

    The next post will be about why Wahoo McDaniel doesn’t wrestle anymore 😉

  • Will Henderson

    yeah, Austin in 2002 was clearly a man who’s body finally was too broken down to handle day to say wrestling, he could had been a part timer after 2001, but he was too committed to it and it ended up with his neck being damaged beyond repair after breaking in 1997 and finally having surgery on it in 1999. plus his knees were already shot by 2002.

  • Darrin Tyler

    He wanted to save what was left of his knees actually lol…

  • BB

    Hahahaha.

  • Solid

    Is today a slow news day? or did someone google this info from a decade + ago? 😛