“Stone Cold” Steve Austin is a name that rings through the stands of a WWE show like wildfire. Whenever that broken glass cracks through ht speakers, a pop is heard like never before.
‘The Rattlesnake’ is a Superstar of the people and is by far the most popular one that has ever stepped foot in the WWE ring. In a career last nearly 7 years in the company, he was able to make himself larger than life.
Stone Cold began his career in NWA and quickly made his talent into a recognized feature. He was soon recruited to WCW where he performed for a good 5 years. There, he got into the roots of what would be his gimmick for the rest f his career.
Noticing the grass was greener for him in WWE, Austin decided to make the switch, a decision that would change the course of Wrestling history.
At WWE, then WWF, Stone Cold earned the faith of Vince McMahon and his creative team. They saw the potential in him to be the big star they needed after the departure of prominent Wrestling greats such as Hulk Hogan, The Ultimate Warrior, and Randy Savage.
Austin rose to fame during his feud with Jake “The Snake” Roberts. During the King of the Ring tournament, ‘The Rattlesnake’ took advantage of Roberts’ Biblical persona to cite “Austin 3:16” in place of John 3:16.
This became a huge part of his persona as Stone Cold rose to the top of the business. As the Attitude Era settled in, Austin became the poster boy of the era and was in his element.
The era was perfect for his rebellious character and for an audience that always loved to see someone sticking it to the boss.
Stone Cold skyrocketed to the stars when he actively fought WWE CEO and Chairman Vince Mcmahon in various feuds, taking down the boss on multiple occasions.
This was the first time McMahon himself got involved in feuds, and the crowd absolutely loved the merciless Stone Cold who cared the least for the hierarchy.
Apart from various World Championship reigns, Stone Cold was known for the most bizarre entrances in WWE. ‘The Rattlesnake’ was seen riding a quad bike, a fire truck filled with beer, as well as a cement truck, all used for the express purpose of attacking Vince Mcmahon.
At one point, Austin even filled the Chairman’s beautiful Corvette with wet cement, an event which soon went down as one of the most iconic moments of WWE history. Steve Austin would not leave McMahon and even ambushed him in a hospital!
The former WCW Superstar was a key figure who almost single handily turned the tide of viewership back in the favor of WWE in the Monday Night Wars with WCW, an effort which has been assumed as a lost cause for WWE.
The rise of The Rock and “Mankind” Mick Foley boosted the Attitude Era to its peak. Steve Austin then met the greatest rival he would ever face, which was The Rock.
Never before had there been a feud so high profile, and so clashing. Fans felt like they were seeing Hulk Hogan vs Andre the Giant again but this was much bigger.
‘The Brahma Bull’ and ‘The Rattlesnake’ battled it out for 4 straight years in a clash of the most popular superstars in WWE at the time. This was arguably the point where WWE reached its peak.
Stone Cold had a set of memorable feuds with Triple H in the meantime and even led the WWE roster against the invading WCW Superstars during the Invasion storyline, which established him as the one-man show of WWE.
Stone Cold was a great wrestler but all good things must come to an end. An injury suffered in 1997 aggravated as he wrestled more matches and became a serious drawback for him after 2000.
The era of Austin was over as the Attitude times changed, and the big man retired after a final WrestleMania match with The Rock- a fitting end to a glorious career.
Stone Cold didn’t fully leave WWE and still constantly appears on the shows as a guest referee or to simply Stun everyone and leave. His signature beer smash never gets old and he remains one of the most popular stars in WWE today.
Stone Cold offers everyone a beer, but only a few escape the ring without getting Stunned shortly after. WWE Superstars never seem to get the gist of that. It was Austin 3:16 then, and the beer keeps on coming for Stone Cold.
As of 2021, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin has a net worth of $30 million according to Celebrity Net worth. This fugue is bound to rise following the start of his podcast and other endorsements.
In his illustrious career, Stone Cold has won the WWF Championship 6 times, the WWF Intercontinental Championship 2 times, the WWF Tag Team Championship 4 times, and the Million Dollar Championship 1 time.
He is also the most popular WWE Superstar of all time and is the constant choice of Hulk Hogan, John Cena, The Undertaker, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson on their list of the Mount Rushmore of Wrestling.
Stone Cold can be contacted through his social media handles on Instagram and Twitter:
|Real name||Steve Austin|
|Born||December 18, 1964|
|Nationality||United States of America|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||252 lb (114 kg)|
|Debut||January 8, 1996 (WWE/WWF), September 30, 1989 (Pro Wrestling)|
|Trained by||Chris Adams|
|Ring name(s)||Steve Austin |
‘Stunning’ Steve Austin
‘Superstar’ Steve Austin
‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin
|Net Worth||$30 million|