Steve Austin Reveals Which Movie Character Inspired His "Ringmaster" Look In WWE

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WWE Hall Of Famer “Stone Cold” Steve Austin recently spent some time discussing his old “Ringmaster” gimmick in his early days in WWE during a recent episode of his Steve Austin Show podcast.

During the show, “The Texas Rattlesnake” revealed that Bruce Willis’ character “Butch Coolidge” in the famous Quentin Tarantino film “Pulp Fiction” inspired the buzzcut look he had with his “Ringmaster” character.

“I came in as ‘The Ringmaster’ and I had that buzzcut and that was inspired by the Pulp Fiction movie, Bruce Willis’s character, and that one night, I’ve told this story many times, but we were working Pittsburgh [Pennsylvania], Mellon Arena, and I was traveling with Dustin Rhodes, Goldust, and I said, ‘man, eff-it, I’m going to shave all this sh*t off, can’t see it either way.’ I grew in the goatee, came up with the ‘Stone Cold’ gimmick, and that’s when all of the pieces started falling into place,” said Austin. “That’s when I got some direction.”

Austin continued, “I’d just seen a light at the end of the tunnel.” Austin added, “it turns out losing my hair was the best thing that ever happened to me. ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin would not have been ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin had that hair remained. Bald head plus ‘Stone Cold’, great gimmick, hard work, great storylines, great creative, great opponents, equals money. And that’s the bottom line.”

Check out the complete episode of the Steve Austin Show, where the WWE Hall Of Famer addresses a number of various topics during a Q&A segment, at

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