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“Stone Cold” Steve Austin was a defiant, brash wrestler who proudly raised his middle fingers to anyone who dared oppose him. He was the blue-collar warrior for the common man, clad in jeans and black leather often soaked in beer foam. When the signature sound of shattering glass echoed throughout the arena, everyone knew it was time to raise hell, and if you were on the receiving end of his wrath, you had our sympathies.
Trained by “Gentleman” Chris Adams, Austin broke into the wrestling business in Texas in 1990, then moved on to WCW, where he won the WCW Television Championship as “Stunning” Steve Austin. After an elbow injury led to his firing from WCW, he found a lifeboat in ECW, where he began crafting a voice that would lead to superstardom in WWE.
In January 1996, Austin joined WWE as Ted DiBiase’s “Million Dollar Champion,” debuting as “The Ringmaster.” He defeated Savio Vega at WrestleMania, but it was soon after that “Stone Cold” was born. In June of that year, he became King of the Ring, and his victory speech gave way to the famed Attitude Era, where he would stop at nothing until he reached WWE’s top tier, pummeling anyone who got in his way.
Austin’s defining moment came at WrestleMania 13, where he faced off against Bret Hart in a Submission Match. Despite being trapped in Hart’s Sharpshooter, Austin refused to submit and passed out from the pain instead of tapping out. Austin went on to take on Superstars like Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker, but he is best remembered for his battles against two men – The Rock and Mr. McMahon.
The rivalry with Mr. McMahon began in late 1997 when Austin was furious at McMahon for stripping him of the Intercontinental Title. He delivered a “Stone Cold” Stunner to his boss in front of the Madison Square Garden crowd, and the pair’s hostile feud epitomized the Attitude Era. Austin’s battles with The Rock were just as legendary, with the two headlining three WrestleMania pay-per-views together.
Although he retired from in-ring competition at the end of WrestleMania XIX, Austin continued to make memorable WWE appearances, often at the expense of the McMahons. His in-ring accomplishments included six WWE Championships, two Intercontinental Championships, a record three Royal Rumble victories, and Triple Crown Champion credentials. His induction into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2009 was a no-brainer, cementing his place as one of the greatest wrestlers of all time.