Stone Cold Steve Austin apologizes for kicking commentator 'square in the balls'
As a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, WWE has been forced to hold its weekly live television shows from their empty training facility in Orlando.
Both Friday night's SmackDown and last night's Raw were held at the WWE Performance Center in front of hundreds of empty seats.
It certainly makes for unique viewing, as fans of the product are used to seeing the WWE Superstars perform in front of an arena of thousands.
However, the show must go on, and WWE has refused to let the star-quality diminish on their live televised shows. Case in point, last night's Monday Night Raw celebrated '3:16 Day' (March 16), with Austin 3:16 himself, former WWE Champion Stone Cold.
Fans of the Attitude Era were no-doubt bracing themselves for Steve Austin to hit his patented finishing maneuver, the Stone Cold Stunner. And as he declared '3:16 Day' a national holiday, Austin had selected his victim: WWE commentator Byron Saxton.
While celebrating with Saxton with a few cold ones, 55-year-old Austin hit the commentator with a not one, but two Stunners. But rather than performing a pulled/worked kick to the gut, Austin accidentally kicked the commentator square in the 'nads.Check out the eye-watering - but still hilarious - moment below:
Realizing that kick was perhaps a little below the belt, "The Texas Rattlesnake" decided to post a public apology to Saxton for all his 4.6 million Twitter followers to see.
Writing on Twitter, the former WWE Champion issued his "sincerest" of apologies to Saxton, writing:
"My sincere apologies to @ByronSaxton for kicking him dead square in the balls. I don’t know what hurts worse, his balls or my foot. I will go in for X-Rays tomorrow. Byron, Ice em down for 20 minutes every other hour. That’s what Vince did. All the best. #316day"
Fortunately, Saxton saw the funny side - responding to Austin on Twitter saying: "Thanks for the advice @steveaustinBSR!! I hope we are still cool? #316Day"
Last night, the sports-entertainment company revealed that their biggest event of the year, WrestleMania 36, will be going ahead - but rather than taking place at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, it will instead take place behind closed doors at the WWE Performance Center.
Writing in a statement on WWE.com, the sports-entertainment company said:
"In coordination with local partners and government officials, WrestleMania and all related events in Tampa Bay will not take place. However, WrestleMania will still stream live on Sunday, April 5 at 7 pm ET on WWE Network and be available on pay-per-view. Only essential personnel will be on the closed set at WWE’s training facility in Orlando, Florida to produce WrestleMania."
The entertainment spectacle was due to draw a crowd of approximately 70,000 pro-wrestling fanatics from around the world.
As of the most recent situation report from the World Health Organization, there has been 167,511 confirmed cases of COVID-19 around the world, and the number of deaths as a result of the disease has now reached 6,606.