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WWE star Steve Austin says TV show is about finding 'common ground' with guests

“Stone Chilly” Steve Austin is in a position for his 2d act.

When the previous WWE superstar, 56, retired from skilled wrestling as a result of an harm in 2003 he wasn’t positive the place existence would take him.  

After taking a crack at performing, which Austin advised Fox Information did not in reality “swimsuit” him, he “fell” into podcasting and webhosting after emceeing WWE’s “Tricky Sufficient.” 

“I like to speak to other folks however if you happen to had advised me a few years in the past that, ‘Hiya, you will have an motion interview display on TV,’ I’d have mentioned, guy, you will have to be loopy,” he mentioned. 


That display is “Directly Up Steve Austin,” which premiered its 2d season on Monday night time. Each episode includes a new visitor that Austin swaps tales with and learns extra about their “lives and careers all through one-of-a-kind, custom-tailored adventures in numerous towns throughout The us.”

Austin hopes his display proves that individuals from other careers, backgrounds, and walks of existence can to find “commonplace floor.”

“I am serious about luck tales or tales of hardship and the way other folks overcame issues to develop into a success or get to the highest,” he defined. “I am simply curious by means of nature [about their backgrounds]. I had a occupation of my very own and I had my very own hindrances. And now with the intention to percentage commonplace floor and do actions with my visitors and be informed extra about them is in reality attention-grabbing for me.”

Austin admitted that interviewing and webhosting is “utterly new to me” as a result of when he began his wrestling occupation “I had just one plan.”


“I did not have a Plan B, I will have to be triumphant [at wrestling]. And thru a large number of battle, I stopped up succeeding. Then I retired as a result of an harm. I had no go out technique both,” he mentioned. 

It was once his oldsters’ existence courses that stored him targeted. 

“My dad at all times advised me, ‘Steve if you will do one thing, do it proper the primary time so that you do not have to return again and do it once more.’ And, you recognize, rising up, I had 3 brothers and one sister, and all of us had our chores. And if you happen to did not get your chores accomplished, neatly, you had penalties. So my oldsters taught us that you just will have to paintings laborious in existence. It’s a must to have a piece ethic,” Austin recalled. 

Ice T (L) and Steve Austin (R) filming 'Straight Up with Steve Austin.'

Ice T (L) and Steve Austin (R) filming ‘Directly Up with Steve Austin.’
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The host’s new season options visitors akin to singer Luke Combs, actor Ice T, and comic Tiffany Haddish. 


“Like many productions all through COVID, we were given close down, after which in the end we were given a possibility, a window of alternative to shoot the display. And we shot it between August and November. I have been looking forward to over a 12 months to shoot Season 2. Or even in an endemic, we had been so lucky to line up an implausible listing of visitors. And I am happy with the display and the staff who paintings their tails off in this display.”

“Directly Up Steve Austin” airs Mondays at 11 p.m. ET/PT on USA.

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