The Unbelievable Gesture from LeBron James for WWE Legend Stone Cold Steve Austin

Published 11/29/2021, 12:30 PM EST
HOUSTON – APRIL 04: 2009 WWE Hall of Fame inductee Stone Cold Steve Austin attends the 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania’s WWE Hall of Fame at the Toyota Center on April 4, 2009 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/WireImage)

One of the greatest names in the wrestling industry is Stone Cold Steve Austin. That man has done more for the industry’s growth than what can be expressed in words. Therefore, it’s fitting that there’s an unofficial holiday to celebrate him.


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Unofficially, March 16th is considered to be Austin Day.

The reason why March 16th is Stone Cold Steve Austin day


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Well, back in 1996, The Texas Rattlesnake defeated Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts at King of the Ring. Prior to that, Jake Roberts cut a religious promo, and as a response to that, Austin came up with his catchphrase ‘Austin 3:16’.

“You sit there and thump your bible and you say your prayers and it didn’t get you anywhere. Talk about your psalms, talk about John 3:16, Austin 3:16 says I just whipped your a**!”

This promo marked the establishment of his character and the upward rise of his career. Therefore, the 3:16 became March 16th to celebrate Stone Cold Steve Austin.

Several athletes and fans from across the globe celebrate this day in their own way. One such was NBA Star LeBron James.

LeBron James celebrates 3:16 Day before game vs Timberwolves

Prior to the home game against Minnesota Timberwolves in March, 2021, King James wore a t-shirt paying homage to The Texas Rattlesnake.

His t-shirt read LeBron 3:16, and nobody needed an explanation as to what it meant or who it was for.

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Fans react to LeBron’s gesture

Of course, when one star pays homage to another, the world reacts. However, in this case, the fans had two very different reactions.

There were some fans who thought King James was King Drip. In fact, they wanted to order the merch immediately.


On the other hand, some fans thought King James was constantly trying to be someone else. They didn’t think it was a fitting tribute. As per this section of the fans, LeBron James isn’t the star that Stone Cold Steve Austin was and continues to be so.

Now, fans will always speak their mind. It would be unfair to compare two athletes from two different industries. Undoubtedly, LeBron James is doing whatever it takes to become the best in the game, but The Texas Rattlesnake is out of his game.

There’s still time for James to catch up to Austin, but even then, who can say for sure which athlete is the greater one?


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Stone Cold Steve Austin reacted to LeBron James’ tribute

During a conversation with HollywoodLife, Austin revealed that it was rather flattering to have LeBron James celebrate 3:16.

HOUSTON – APRIL 05: Stone Cold Steve Austin salutes the crowd one last time at “WrestleMania 25” at the Reliant Stadium on April 5, 2009 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/WireImage)

“The magnificent career he’s had, that he would wear a ‘LeBron 3:16’ shirt is very flattering. It goes back, he watched my career and I’ve watched his entire career, so full circle on that.”


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This mutual respect will forever continue to exist between Stone Cold and King James. It’s unknown if either of them will ever do a special podcast or appearance together, but if they, it’ll be quite the special one!



Shuvangi Sen Chaudhury

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Shuvangi is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. She has over 1000 published WWE articles and also has experience in content operations with Forbes. Having completed her undergraduation from Royal Holloway, University of London, Shuvangi is closely aligned to the fitness industry, having amateur skills levels in tennis and basketball while rowing at a regatta level.