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Stone Cold Steve Austin is arguably the most famous wrestler in WWE history, and as the company man he did just about anything they asked him to do.

During the Attitude Era, Austin did a ton of cool stuff, but one of the stunts nearly went drastically wrong.

Here’s his story on how the fumes from his infamous monster truck incident nearly killed him, via Viral Thread:

So I go into the back door of the arena and I’m in a holding room with a couple of curtains in front of me. The monster truck was loud as f*** and that 1800 horsepower motor is churning out exhaust fumes. So I’m in this room and they shut the door behind me. It was about a three minutes commercial break, so the whole time the people back home are watching commercials, I’m in a room, inside a truck, breathing methanol/alcohol fumes — I could barely breathe. I was just begging for the show to come back on air so I could charge out in the audience and get a breath of fresh air. I’m breathing all those exhaust fumes, mother***er, I was going to crash that gate doing 98 [miles per hour] and go and take my own cue and haul a** into the arena, if they hadn’t of cued me when they did- I was about to die.

Austin also noted he didn’t know how to drive a monster truck, but learned in about 20 minutes in the parking lot before he drove it into the arena.

Luckily the stunt went off without a hitch, and Austin lived to tell about it.

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