It was announced during the Royal Rumble pay-per-view (PPV) last night (January 25, 2015) that Steve Austin would be returning to WWE Network for another live edition of his popular podcast.
WWE is billing it as a "Stone Cold Podcast", regular listeners know it as The Steve Austin Show. When the company first partnered with one of its most famous personalities of all-time, it was in early December, shortly after the Network was free, and featured Chairman Vince McMahon to entice subscribers to stick with the over-the-top service.
This edition seems timed to keep subscribers paying for the month in between the Rumble and WrestleMania, and the guest-star will be Senior Vice-President in charge of talent & creative, and on-screen villain, Paul "Triple H" Levesque.
It will also come just a couple of weeks removed from the second annual January fan revolt. Rumors have swirled for months that there's a conflict between Triple H and his father-in-law about certain wrestlers and angles - as have counter-rumors that the rift is a work and/or will be turned into a kayfabe storyline.
Between their history as rivals and partners in the Two-Man Power Trip tag team, combined with Austin's reputation as a no-BS interviewer at a critical juncture for WWE creatively, this should be a fascinating watch. The McMahon interview gave us, among other things, Vince's "brass ring" speech about the lack of ambition among today's Superstars and the boss' thoughts on CM Punk's exit and grievances, and we can expect the Trips interview to contain some similarly dissection and discussion-worthy tidbits.
What do you hope Stone Cold asks The Game on February 2nd? Is this enough to get you to keep your Network subscription?