NWA Wrestler Luke Hawx Talks Playing Steve Austin On ‘Young Rock’ And Working ‘Heels’

Luke Hawx gets the best of both worlds. First, as a pro wrestling veteran who performs regularly with his son PJ as Hawx Aerie on shows for the NWA and his own company New Orleans WildKat Wrestling. And then continuing to build his acting profile on TV shows like Heels and Young Rock. In the latter, the 41-year-old plays WWE Hall of Famer Steve Austin, “Stone Cold.” Hawx, who also appeared on Cobra Kai in Season 5, is grateful for every opportunity.

“Any time you can take wrestling and bring it to that mainstream entertainment scale, that’s a positive thing for everyone involved,” he told TV Insider.

The star has managed to juggle all of her commitments inside and outside the ring. Next is the NWA Hard Times pay-per-view followed by Revolution Rumble, which is partnered with Hawx’s own company, WildKat Wrestling. He managed to carve out some time in the middle of it all to chat with us.

How did the opportunity to play Steve Austin in Young Rock come about?

Luke Hawx: I was originally going to come in and coordinate because Chavo Guerrero Jr. had another project he needed to do, and he didn’t think he would be able to finish Young Rock season 2. Chavo ended up working it to stay, but a week later they contacted my agent to see if I could audition for Steve Austin. I was very reluctant to do it because I never tried to act as Steve Austin. He is so iconic. I appreciate everything about him… I did such a good job with my audition that I beat thousands of people. I firmly believe that everything we achieve depends on our work ethic. It’s good to know that my hard work paid off.

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What did you do to perfect this Texas sled?

Lots of practice. I’m going to talk to myself and be in my own space, which makes me feel like a psychopath when I’m doing it at the gym or at the grocery store. But I’m just perfecting my art.

Have you had any feedback from Steve?

I spoke to Steve before shooting the second season. We probably had a 20 minute phone call. He just told me that I had been with the company for a long time and worked hard and he knew I would do a good job. I told him I just wanted to make him proud. This is the first acting job where I had to be someone else. I know it’s not a biography and family comedy, but I wanted to be true to the character and bring as much of Austin to the screen as possible.

What are you most excited about this season?

They are going to go into a big part of Rock history. I will say though that last week I shot something I never thought I would do in a million years. It was very special and sentimental for me. I grew up in a boys’ home and was adopted at 15 and I’m from the streets. I had this difficult life that was supposed to never give me the opportunity to succeed. I come from a difficult lifestyle, so to be able to film what I’ve been shooting recently. I try to hold back my tears because it is very important to me.

On Heels, you are the wrestling coordinator and play “The Hole” screen. How was the filming of season 2?

You will see a lot more guys as wrestlers. What I really want to do with everything I do is try to give hard-working wrestlers the opportunity. On Season 2, wait until you see all the surprise special guests we have. You will see Nick Aldis, Aron Stevens, Jordynne Grace, Savannah Evans and many guys from last year. These are people at Heels who I was able to give the opportunity to and who fit the description of what we were looking for. Here they have a chance to break into a new area.

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You worked with CM Punk on the show. Do you see him in the ring again?

I think Punk still has the wrestling itch. He and I talked about it several times throughout Heels. He was having so much fun. I like punk. My son Perry loves punk. I’ve known him for years and he’s always been good to me. He has always been good to my son. Punk is very adamant about what he wants. He’s very protective of what he does because why wouldn’t he be? All the traditional high end guys are like that. Punk is adamant about what he does and speaks for himself. There will always be problems, regardless of the company. Every time you speak from your heart and say something about someone else, someone is going to have a problem with it. I think it’s unfortunate what’s going on with him and AEW and the Young Bucks because everyone in the situation is super talented. AEW has a lot going on. But I think if we don’t see CM Punk wrestling anymore, it’s a loss for the wrestling community because he has so much to offer.

You wrestle with your son in the NWA. He acts, following in your footsteps. How does that make you feel?

My children are my life. My love of wrestling, movies and fitness has passed down to my kids. There is a beautiful quote “Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.” It was by James Baldwin and it’s true. I know they have watched my hard work over the years and have come from scratch and continue to grow through my attitude and work ethic. My son was a state champion amateur wrestler. My youngest in sixth grade just started wrestling in middle school. When I shot the audition for Young Rock, I didn’t have anyone to shoot it for me. My son who was 10 at the time learned to draw and read an audition. I didn’t have to teach him. When I released the script this guy nailed it, I know I did a good job but I think his energy and the way he did it really pushed me forward.

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NWA organizes shows in your corner of the country in the New Orleans area. What does this mean to you?

I appreciate the NWA. This is my favorite locker room to wrestle and be a part of. We just have a lot of great talent, including the WildKat guys. Not only Billy [Corgan] does a good job of putting this roster together, but he does a phenomenal job of rebuilding and rebranding the NWA. With my schedule it’s really difficult. I love wrestling and I want to wrestle and love teaming up with my son and traveling the world. But I also love filming, which is on a much larger scale than wrestling. In the long run, I can’t struggle forever. I feel like I haven’t peaked yet and I’m in great shape, but one day I won’t be able to wrestle anymore. I can act forever. I’ve been an actor since 2006 when I did my first role. Being able to juggle, fitness, wrestle and film and be part of the NWA full time is special to me.

Tell me about the Revolution Rumble.

The Revolution Rumble is WildKat Sports’ 11th anniversary show. We couldn’t get a 9 or 10 due to COVID. We are still rebuilding, but we wanted to go hard. What’s cool about it is it’s not just your WildKat guys, but now we can put these local guys on a national scale with really well known artists like Tyrus, Matt Cardona, Chelsea Green and Trevor Murdoch . These guys will level up which is very important for the local guys. Teaming up with the NWA and making it a bigger event than usual means a lot to me. We want to showcase our talent here. It’s hard to get eyes on you, so give them the opportunity to perform nationally and globally. What more can they ask for?

NWA POWERRR, Tuesdays, 6:05/5:05c, FITE TV

NWA USA, Saturdays, 12/11 a.m., FITE TV

NWA Hard Times 3, November 12, 7/6c, FITE TV and Pay-Per-View

Revolution Rumble’s television taping will take place on November 13th. Tickets are available now.

Heels season 2, TBA, 2023

Young Rock, Fridays, 8/7c, NBC

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