After completing The Package in Vancouver and finishing meetings in L.A., it is with much happiness that the Austin Clan will head to the one and only Broken Skull Ranch in South Texas. We’ve gotten enough rain that everything down there is extremely green right now. Ricky and Ted have been working on the Kayfabe Bar and I will send pics and videos from the ranch and give y’all a tour of the place. It has been a work in progress from the get go, five years ago. Our most important project is our game management program. We are working diligently and patiently with our deer herd and the culling process every year. We continue to feed protein and corn 24-7/365. Our bucks have grown bigger racks every year. Our deer herd has steadily gained more body weight each year. Even during the rough, dry South Texas drought, our deer have done considerably well given the circumstances.
This year is shaping up to be a very busy one with many different irons in the fire that all seem to be heating up nicely. I appreciate your patience on the BSR Gear. I have been working on it, believe me. I will have some comps for you to see ASAP. BSR Championship Belts and jewelry are coming ASAP as well. If demand is high enough I will have neon BSR clocks available as well. It is my goal to have items available that cover a broad spectrum all the way from beer coozies to gold/silver rings etc. But these things take time…And I’m on top of it right now.
We now have a person of high technical computer skills helping Team BSR now. Brian Bentley(brianbentley.com) is a long time friend and computer whiz who has really made us realize how dumb we are when it comes to websites and computers. Thanks for the help, bro! A few changes and improvements are going to be implemented in the coming weeks. I am committed to making this website a living, breathing entertainment/information center for visitors.
Anyhoo, back to Texas…Shawn Michaels and his MRA film team head to the BSR in the next few days. I am looking forward to hunting with Shawn and seeing how him and his team go about their hunting and filming endeavors. Hell, I’m just gonna guide a little bit and show ‘em around. I’m almost certain we’ll have some luck. But as I’ve stated…They’re ain’t no guarantees in hunting.
We take off at 10am tomorrow out of Santa Monica Airport. We arrive at San Antonio at 2:45. We should make the ranch before sundown after getting our groceries and running errands. The dogs will be happy to run around without a leash and we will not have to worry about them getting hit by cars…That’s a major bonus of owning a place…Anyhoo, I’m cashing in my chips, folks. I look forward to sharing some of the BSR with you.
PS. I have often wondered why I always turned around when Shawn was stomping the mat like a Clydesdale Horse late in a match. They say curiosity killed the cat…Well…I guess that’s what I get for being so damn curious every time he started stomping. I will say this though…As many times as he rattled my teeth with that damn kick…I got him a few times as well with a Stone Cold Stunner. And when I hit that thing just right…It’ll rattle every damn tooth in your head…And every vertebrae in your neck. I know Shawn and his crew are just coming to hunt…but I’ll be keeping an eye on him…DTA Brother…You know the rest.
Oh Hell Yeah.
Someone recently made a video of a bunch of Stone Cold Stunners on Youtube. @Odor31 if this is your work, thank you. No telling how long it took to make this video. Anyway, many of you know how the Stunner was born…For those of you who don’t, here’s the skinny…
I guess the year was 1996. We were in Fayetteville, NC. at a Monday Night Raw. It was just a normal Monday. I was hanging around the arena killing time before the show started, minding my own business when Michael P.S. Hayes came up to me and said “Hey, Kid…You got a minute? I wanna show you something”. I said “Sure” and followed him to the ring. As we walked he started explaining to me that he had maybe come up with a better finishing move for me than the one I was using at the time. I had been using the Million Dollar Dream, H.O.F’er Ted DiBiase’s old finish that I had been given when I first came into WWF, with Ted as my manager. It had been a great finisher for Ted, and it was working well for me too, but I needed something a little more explosive that fit my personality. Michael explained that Johnny ‘Ace’ Laurinaitus had been using a version of the this finish in Japan with great success. Johnny had also shown his version of the finish to my buddy Diamond Dallas Page. DDP was starting to run roughshod in WCW with a helluva run and called his version of it the Diamond Cutter. The difference that Michael would show me was that instead of going flat, I would drop down on my ass, theoretically driving my shoulder into the opponent’s throat. We were assisted by several willing ‘volunteers’ that were around ringside. These guys let me experiment and get the hang of it. I was sold. This would be my new finish from that point on. When I first started using the Stunner as it would come to be named(I’m not sure who named it, maybe Jim Ross or someone in the office), I simply went into the maneuver without a set up. It was simply delivered with no anticipation. And I’m a little fuzzy on this, but I’m almost positive that Michael and I were talking about the move happening too fast, and that the crowd could not anticipate the action because it happened out of the blue. I needed some type of setup maneuver ala Jake “The Snake” Robert’s signature short arm clothesline that he delivered before unleashing one of the most devastating finishers of all time…The DDT. An easy, and quick solution to this was the kick to the gut, which perfectly set the victim into an effective ‘ready position’. Not only was the kick effective as a weapon to neutralize my opponent, it was also a visual ‘signal’ to the crowd that the Stunner was next…Or was it? Any kind of curveball could be worked into the equation at that point, but from a storytelling standpoint, the Stunner was ‘supposed’ to happen next.
For those of you who never saw Michael P.S. Hayes wrestle or cut a promo, you missed out on a cat who was wildly entertaining. Michael was the mouthpiece and leader of the Fabulous Freebirds. Bad ass bully and big man Terry ‘Bam Bam’ Gordy was the muscle and intimidator of the bunch. And Buddy Roberts was the heat seeking missile who everyone in the world thought that even ‘they’ could kick’s ass. I predict that the Fabulous Freebird’s will be in the Hall of Fame one day. They had a lasting impact on me and my career. I spent my hard earned money in Dallas, Texas paying for a ticket at the World Famous Sportatorium so I could watch the Freebird’s wrestle. Michael Hayes’ entrance alone was worth the price of the ticket. You either loved or hated the Freebird’s. There was no in between with these guys. And I don’t think Michael ever got enough credit for being an outstanding talker, personality, and entertainer.
So that’s what I remember. I received this video on my Twitter account(@steveaustinBSR) so I figured I would go down memory lane and tell this story. I would dare say that the Stone Cold Stunner was one of the most effective and devastating finishing maneuvers of all time. I think it is pointless to pick a “Number 1 Finisher” of all time. I think a Top 10 is fine, though. There were just so many Bad Ass finishers that evolved as time went on that would not even be considered as a ‘finish move’ in today’s game. The Vertical Suplex of Harley Race or the Iron Claw of Fritz Von Erich wouldn’t fly in todays game, but both were revered and feared by everyone in the business back in the day, and if you were on the receiving end of either one of the moves…You were done. Period. End of story…That’s it…Lights out…Sayonara…Goodbye…And that’s the bottom line…
Ah, but I digress…Where was I? Thanks to Michael Hayes for the finish. I’ll never forget that fateful day in Fayetteville, NC. And there is a hellacious number of guys and gals who were on the receiving end of a Stunner. I don’t know how many Stunners I’ve dealt out in my career. There were some nights when my back was so torched the last thing I wanted to do was jump up in the air and land on my ass…BUT…After getting beat like a drum for a good portion of my career, no matter how bad I was feeling…I NEVER B!TCHED ABOUT HAVING TO GIVE A STUNNER. The setup kick…The Stunner…The explosion from the fans in attendance…Damn what a way to make a living!! OH HELL YEAH!!!
Well, folks…. It’s good to be home here in Los Angeles. The weather has been fantastic. This weekend is supposed to be sunny and hot. It is a nice change from the cold weather in Vancouver. I’m finally starting to get over whatever it was I had during the last few days of filming. It’s also nice to get back in the gym on a regular basis. It was hard to get to the gym while shooting. Still in the process of leaning out.
Recoil, my latest movie, was released on DVD on March 6. I did radio promo stuff on the 7th. Word on the street has been pretty strong. Lots of feedback on my Twitter account @steveaustinBSR. Thanks.
It looks like the Austin Clan is headed to the Broken Skull Ranch next week. We will stay for 10-14 days and return to L.A. I have a few things in the works, and I need to be here to take care of business.
I talked to the Heartbreak Kid, Shawn Michaels, (@ShawnMichaels) this morning. Looks like Shawn and his film crew will be coming down to the BSR to film a hog/turkey/varmint hunt for his hunting show, Macmillan River Adventures. I look forward to visiting and hunting with him. Shawn and I ran in two different packs while we were in WWE, but have always maintained a friendship and respect for one another. It will be good to just hang out and hunt. The competitive nature and environment of putting everything on the line to be a top guy in WWE no longer exists for either one of us. It will be cool just to sit around and trade some war stories. As I have previously stated, I am a huge fan of Shawn’s work. I am sure we will find some success in our hunting endeavor, but as anyone who has hunted knows…There are no guarantees! And that’s what makes hunting so challenging, unpredictable, and fun.
On another note, I have a creative meeting tomorrow for BSR Gear. It is just around the corner, folks. First things available will be T-shirts. Hats, beer coozies, hoodies, jewelry, etc. will follow shortly thereafter. There will also be a select number of BSR Championship Belts made by the Ace of Belts, Dave Millican as well. I will post info on the website and my Twitter account ASAP on when the gear has arrived.
P.S. If there is some kind of gear you would like to see, please send me your suggestions and ideas.
It is Monday, March 5. My pickup today is 3pm. It’s gonna be a long day at the office as we have some exterior shots and the last major fight scene of the movie. It’s a beautiful sunny day right now in Vancouver. That will all change as tonights fight scene happens in the rain. I expect to finish around 4-4:30 in the morning. Gonna be a cold one…
For the last few days I have been battling the flu and strep throat. Feeling somewhat better today but still a bit lethargic so I skipped the gym and cardio this morning. Gonna save my energy for tonight. From what I understand, this bug has been making the rounds lately. Not much you can do about it, just ride it out and let it run its course. So anyhoo…This has been a very intense shoot. Lots of fights and gunplay. This movie is more in line with my vision of what kind of movies I want to do in the future. And I will elaborate more on that in the very near future. The director on this movie, Jesse V. Johnson, has done a tremendous job. Definitely an awesome director with a very bright future. Everyone involved in this movie has been wonderful to work with. Dolph Lundgren finished a week ago. Mike Dopud, my partner in the movie finished last week. Thanks, Mike…You are most definitely a talented actor and a complete riot to hang around. Your mentality would have made you a great professional wrestler…Yes, I mean that in a good way. Scott Atteah and Paul Wu did a great job in coordinating stunts and fighting. And of course my old buddy Paul Lazenby made it through another endeavor completely unscathed and injury free…I hope that doesn’t jinx us tonite.
I head back to Los Angeles tomorrow afternoon. I’m looking forward to being at home and enjoying the sunshine. And of course Hershey and I will jump in the Bronco and take a few laps to patrol the streets and fight crime…But that’s another story for another time. I have meetings set up upon my return and then the Austin Clan will head to the Broken Skull Ranch for some R&R for a week or two. The bar should be almost completed and I want to finish hanging my neon lights and signs. There are a few other projects that are going on at the ranch that I want to get completed as well. And also with my return to L.A., I am going to implement the Q and A section to the website. And that, my friends, is about it. Gotta prepare for work and finalize my packing…I’m ready to go home.
Well, another day on set has come to an end. Lots of gunfire today and tomorrow a high dose of brutality in the form of a heavy duty fist fight. This movie has more action than probably all the movies I’ve done put together. The director, Jesse V. Johnson is doing an awesome job. I will no doubt work with this guy again, if I’m lucky. He is going to very high places in this business. The cast and crew have been top notch. Everybody on set works their asses off and the whole place feels like a family to me. Lots of the locations have been inside, but all of the locations have been pretty cold. Vancouver has a kind of damp cold that settles in your bones and seems to chill you from the inside out. Nothing too brutal, but it’s always nice to thaw out in a long hot shower afterward.
I tweeted out a pic earlier of myself and my stunt double Paul Lazenby(@MaulerMMA on twitter). People immediately ask–You mean you don’t do all of your own stunts??? Hell no, I don’t. I do the bulk of the fights and I do all of the ‘safe’ action stuff. The tough, dangerous stuff, I leave to Paul. He’s a pro and that’s what he does. That’s what all stuntmen do. That’s what they thrive on…Helping their guy look like a million bucks. You will probably be hard pressed to find some actors admitting they have a stunt double, let alone two or three of them. I have no problem whatsoever letting my stunt double do his job. I made 15 years in the business of Professional Wrestling. I did all my own ‘stunts’. I took all of the bumps. I don’t have a need to act like a tough guy. My body of work and my list of injuries speak for themselves. My ability to work ‘hurt’ and through the pain was something I was always proud of. And I’m not blowing my own horn. They’re were lots of tough guys in the business. Mick Foley, Undertaker, HHH, and Ric Flair immediately come to mind. And basically to be in the squared circle at all meant you were tougher than most human beings. By the time you figure in working through the injuries, the travel, and life on the road, you had better be tough or you just flat out wouldn’t make it. And I’m only speaking of being tough physically. If you weren’t mentally tough there was no way you could make it…But that’s a whole other story for a whole other day. Back to the movie business. There are some days where Paul doesn’t have to do too much. And on a day where I’m fighting my ass off, Paul watches my style and technically advises me as to how to make my punches, etc. read as good as possible for camera. Other days he’s working his ass off. It may be fighting, falling, getting blown in the air from an explosion, anything…That’s what Paul does. I think this is the 6th movie Paul and I have worked together on. In the first movie Damage, we were fighting each other, and I got too close with a left hook and broke his nose. Pushed it over to the side of his face about a half inch. Paul looked at me and said “keep going!” Totally my fault and something you never want to do…But, accidents happen on the set. Luckily Paul has a tremendous sense of humor and is tougher than nails. Five minutes later, after I apologized twenty times, we were laughing about it. It’s been a couple years now and he still hasn’t given me a receipt. I’m still waiting…I know he’s too professional to give me a receipt, but I know I’m due for a hell of a rib one of these days. Thanks, Paul!
So I am totally focused on this movie. The name of the movie is The Package. I am a debt collector by trade and to get out of a bind, I agree to deliver a package to a certain individual played by Dolph Lundgren. There is a big twist that I will not ruin for you. I am having a blast working on this movie. My goal when I met Jesse was to make a bad ass action movie and have fun doing it. Jesse had the same goal as I. I think you’re gonna enjoy this one. I will sign off for now. I will bring you more updates about the ranch and some other very cool stuff I’m working on. But right now I’m dialed in on this movie. We have six days of filming left. And after that I’m headed to the ranch…
Went antique shopping today and didn’t really see anything that caught my eye. Walked about 4-5 miles though, so I got some exercise in. This evening I went over to Paul Lazenby’s crib and watched the UFC card. Pretty good card. Lazenby is picking me up in the morning for a round of antiquing a little further out of town. We’ll see how it goes. Today was a total rest and recuperation day. Nothing crazy or exciting, just a nice chill day. Since I’m also chilling my brain(yes, I have one) I’ll wrap this blog up as well.
I am typing this with blood on my knuckles and a cut above my left eye. One of the fingers on my left hand is completely demolished. My nose is broken and a black eye is welling up on my right cheek. I ended the lives of two people this morning with a machine gun. It was either me or them, and hey…That’s an easy decision to make. RELAX FOLKS…IT’S JUST A MOVIE…IT’S. JUST. A. MOVIE…
Today I got beat up a little, tortured for a while, then we took a lunch break, and then I got tortured some more, and tomorrow…Someone is going to die a horrible, horrible death. Relax, folks…It’s just a movie. It was actually ok being tortured, all I had to do was sit there, tied to a chair, and sell like Big Show was hitting me with his working punch. I’ve been fighting so much it was nice to take a break and be on the receiving end instead of the giving end…Wait, did I just say that?? Tomorrow it’s back to physicality with a more fighting and violence. But it’s a nice kind of violence because with all of the torture and bloodshed, this is a G Rated family movie…Just kidding folks…This is going to border between a PG-13 and R Rating. Either way there’s a lot of action.
I may be headed straight into another project if the business end of things works out. If not, the Austin Clan will take a quick trip down to the Broken Skull Ranch for 10-14 days. Shawn Michaels and I have been trying to get together for a hunt for the last year and this could be the opportunity to get it done. Shawn has really taken to the outdoor world like a duck on a Junebug. Shawn’s show, MacMillan River Adventures has been a hit and when I spoke with Shawn in Las Vegas at the SHOT SHOW he was up for several awards. Shawn’s success is not a surprise to me. He’s extremely dedicated and motivated to be the best he can be at any endeavor he takes on in life. He is the greatest in ring performer I have ever seen. The fact that his talent and commitment transferred over from the squared circle to the world of hunting does not surprise me. Shawn has segued from being the “Show Stopper” to the “Game Stopper”. I’m proud of him and his success.
Anyhoo, that’s all I got. I’ll catch you guys tomorrow. Same Broken Skull Time…Same Broken Skull Channel.
Had a short day today after all the overtime yesterday. I got to take a break from killing people and do an intimate scene with my movie wife. It is nice to finally be in a movie where my wife and children haven’t been brutally murdered by the bad guys in the beginning of the movie. So it was a nice day at the office…And tomorrow we return to our normal programming of killing people…Killing more bad guys to be exact. And not to give away any spoilers, but we ain’t killing ‘em with kindness, folks. Lots of Ass Whoopin’s going on.
And on a Broken Skull Ranch note, Ricky and Ted are putting the final pieces together for the Kayfabe Bar down at the ranch. If you watched Tough Enough you may have seen the neon sign hanging in my office. The sign was made by my buddy Curtis, of Curtis Clocks in Burbank, CA. The Kayfabe Bar is the name I picked as a cool name that pays homage to the business of professional Wrestling. Yep, that’s right folks, I still call it Pro Wrestling. Anyhoo, I can’t wait to get down to the ranch and give the bar a ‘test drive’.
I am gonna shut down for the night, folks. BSR Gear is in the works right now and will be available soon. I am working on some more cool stuff I will share with you in the very near future. I think you’re gonna dig it, it’s pretty bad ass stuff.
Signing off from the Vancouver Chapter of the BROKEN SKULL RANCH.