What's the story?
In case you didn't know…
Steve Austin ended Raw Reunion by giving a passionate speech about how everybody associated with WWE – from the Superstars and legends to the cameramen and fans – should be considered part of the same family.
As Austin began to hand out beers to the rest of the returning legends in the ring, it looked as though Raw was going to go off the air. However, in an unscripted moment, the Hall of Famer picked up the microphone and asked how long the broadcast had left to run.
When somebody signalled that 60 seconds were left, Austin briefly recalled an incident in South Africa with Gerald Brisco before telling the crowd that he was nervous before the show because he did not know what to say.
With 13 seconds left, Austin quickly said “they’re counting me down, we’ve got to go home” and his music played again as Raw went off the air.
The heart of the matter
It is unheard of in WWE for somebody to go off-script and continue to speak in the final segment when the show is moments away from ending.
Writing on Fightful Select, Sean Ross Sapp revealed that WWE chairman Vince McMahon signalled for Steve Austin’s music to play as the seconds ticked down at the end of Raw.
“Vince McMahon himself was urging Austin's music to hit to go off the air as their window was closing for time.”
Steve Austin has a new show, ‘Straight Up Steve Austin’, that will begin on the USA Network on August 12. Fans of the WWE legend can also check out new episodes of his ‘Steve Austin Show’ podcast every Tuesday.
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