Jeanie Clarke, ex-wife of 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin, and WCW talent known as 'Lady Blossom' has had a roller coaster ride of a life. Her book, Through The Shattered Glass released today, and chronicles her battles with addiction and her career in wrestling.
Famously, Clarke came up with the nickname 'Stone Cold' for Austin, who was looking to reinvent his persona after The Ringmaster gimmick was thrust upon him to a lukewarm reception. Clarke told Wrestling Inc. founder Raj Giri how it all happened.
"We were just sitting on the couch flipping through channels, and it was very much a fluke again," Clarke said. "We saw this show and this man was called 'The Iceman.' Steve was like 'that's the kind of character I want to be.' He was a hitman or something and put people in the fridge. Steve told the WWF offices and they brought back names like Ice Dagger, Fang McFrost. I remember Brian Pillman on speakerphone in absolute hysterics over these names. Steve just couldn't get it. He would drink hot tea, and he was sitting by the edge of the bed and I just said 'don't worry, you'll think of something. Now drink your tea before it gets stone cold. There it is, there's your name.' He had this big smile."
Clarke would later fight an addiction to prescription drugs, an addiction that almost killed her on several occasions. Clarke spoke about the recent passing of both recording artist Prince, as well as former WWE Intercontinenal Champion Chyna.
"If you've got the money, you can get them anyway. I was an addict, very manipulative in sourcing my pills. You can't cope with withdrawals. It's not as easy in the UK, because it's socialized medicine, but you can still find a way. There's always doctors that if you give them money, they give you the pills. When I was in rehab, Ambien and Valium can take longer to detox from than heroin."
Clarke also said that she was addicted to the same things Chyna was rumored to be on.
"I have a story in my book," said Clarke. "I actually was at my house after my divorce, and I had a nanny. My daughters were very young, and nobody could wake me up. Ambulances and three firefighters actually showed up on the scene, and I was just about dead. Ambien and Xanax, the same drugs Chyna died on. They're so addictive, you have withdrawals as soon as you wake up. I know what it's like to be on those pills, you can't really get off without professional help. It's so sad, Toni, Chyna, women in the industry that have died"
We'll have the full interview with Clarke soon here on Wrestling Inc. You can check out her new book Through the Shattered Glass, at this link.