WWE Hall of Famer ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin is widely recognized as one of the greatest professional wrestlers to have ever stepped inside the squared circle. Nevertheless, he didn’t always enjoy the same level of success, as Austin first appeared in the WWE as the Ringmaster. That being said, it seems Austin was inspired by a Hollywood megastar for his old gimmick.
Austin is a name that is synonymous with professional wrestling. His unique look of a shaved head, beard, and denim shorts is one of the most iconic looks in the history of the sport. However, this look was not always the case for Austin.
During his early days in WWE, he sported a clean-shaven look with a golden buzz cut. In a recent appearance on the UpUpDownDown YouTube channel, Austin revealed that he was not happy with his initial look as he felt like a “raggamuffin.”
“We were working in Pittsburgh one night and I was traveling down the road with Goldust. I still had the buzz haircut. I didn’t have the goatee. I looked at myself in the mirror and I looked like a raggamuffin. I looked at myself and said, ‘Dude, what are you doing?’, so I just shaved my head.
I went to the building that night and everybody said, ‘Dude, why did you shave your head?’ The hair would do me no good anyway. It was inspired by Bruce Willis in Pulp Fiction.”
It was during a trip to Pittsburgh with fellow wrestler Goldust that Austin made the decision to change his look. Looking at himself in the mirror, he realized that the buzz cut did not suit him and decided to shave his head.
Austin’s new look did not go unnoticed as he arrived at the building that night. Everyone was curious as to why he had shaved his head. Austin revealed that his inspiration for the new look came from none other than Hollywood superstar Bruce Willis in the movie Pulp Fiction.
The decision to change his look turned out to be a great one for Stone Cold Steve Austin. It became a part of his persona, making him stand out from the other wrestlers in the industry. His shaved head, along with his intense personality, helped him become one of the biggest stars in WWE history.