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The Texas Rattlesnake – Stone Cold Steve Austin

The World’s Toughest Son of a B*tch
Stone Cold Steve Austin

Stone Cold Steve Austin was born Steven James Anderson on December 18th, 1964 in Austin, Texas. He is arguably the biggest star to ever step foot inside a wrestling ring. His lasting legacy can only be compared with The Rock’s current one as a massive movie star. It’s really the only argument against Stone Cold being the biggest. Hulk Hogan and The Hulkamaniacs didn’t even come close. He outsold Hulk Hogan on every account. He sold more merchandise, more Pay-per-views, and more tickets. He sold out way more arenas than The Hulkster ever did. He was only on the top for three years or so, but the fervor with which people took to him was amazing. Everyone loves Stone Cold.

Whereas Vince McMahon had his nightmarish experience with his stepfather Leo Lupton, Stone Cold had just the opposite. After his father left the family, Stone Cold’s mother Beverly got remarried to Ken Williams. Steve took to the man; so much that he had his name legally changed to Steven James Williams. It wasn’t until Memphis wrestling booker Dutch Mantell came into the picture that Steve Williams started to become known as Steve Austin. There was already a man wrestling under the name Steve Williams, so Mantell asked Steve where he was from. He replied that he was from Austin, Texas and Steve had his name.

After wrestling throughout the United States Wrestling Association, in 1991, Stone Cold made his way to World Championship Wrestling. He earned the nickname “Stunning” Steve Austin during his time there, and the moniker would follow him to WCW. He is one of the many examples of people WCW had no idea how to deal with. He got some memorable moments. He had some great matches with Ricky Steamboat and Dustin Rhodes, but come on. They had Stone Cold, Hulk Hogan, Sting, Macho Man, Flair, and so many other guys rotating throughout there. Are you telling me “Stunning” Steve Austin surprising Hulk Hogan live on-air with a display of his incredibly polished technique wouldn’t have peaked the interest of millions?

It took Vince McMahon having to punish the upcoming Triple H for his Curtain Call participation, for Stone Cold to truly be born. Austin had ditched the “Ring Master” handle assigned to him by Vince and started calling himself Stone Cold, but it didn’t truly come to fruition until King of the Ring 1996. Austin gets the pin on Jake The Snake Roberts and cuts a blistering promo into a microphone held by that goofy f—k Michael P.S Hayes. Jake had recently found religion and decided to work it into his character, portraying The Snake as a changed man, who annoyingly quoted scripture all the time.

Stone Cold with those killer eyes (Courtesy of WWE.com)

Stone Cold with those killer eyes (Courtesy of WWE.com)

So people were psyched when Stone Cold pinned him, and ever more into it when he declared, for the first time, “Austin 3:16 says I just whipped your ass!” It was the kind of moment that can make you a star overnight, and it did just that. Austin 3:16 signs started showing up the next night on Monday Night Raw and it was all systems go after that.

Once he wrestled Bret Hart at WrestleMania 13, Stone Cold was set. He was on a white-hot path that was headed straight to WWE Championship glory. At WrestleMania 14, Stone Cold achieved that ever selective career goal. He became WWE Champion in the Main Event of a WrestleMania. This was the first of three incredible Stone Cold WrestleMania Main Events. There’s Stone Cold vs. HBK at 14, then there’s Stone Cold vs. The Rock at 15, and finally Stone Cold vs. The Rock at 17. It wasn’t the Main Event; technically, Brock Lesnar vs. Kurt Angle was, but The Rock and Stone Cold finished out their WrestleMania trilogy at 19. All three matches are phenomenal. I’ve covered one and will most definitely be covering the other two.

I’ve already said it quite a few times, about quite a few matches, but The Rock vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin are three of the best matches in the history of WrestleMania. That’s just how Steve Williams conducted himself. I, for one, would like to thank Ken Williams for instilling the desire into Steve to be the best at whatever he did. Unless that was a natural instinct born into him. After all, they didn’t call him The World’s Toughest Son of a Bitch for nothing.

I don’t know. However it came about, I couldn’t be more thankful to Stone Cold for providing me with as much as entertainment as he has.


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