Jim Ross on Why Stone Cold Steve Austin Was Believable: “He Ignited a Style, a Vibe”

Published 12/26/2021, 10:00 AM EST
Stone Cold Steve Austin and Vince McMahon, chairman of WWE (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage)


The WWE Hall of Famer Stone Cold Steve Austin was arguably one of the hottest acts in the history of pro-wrestling during the late 90s. However, he was not always the typical Texas Rattlesnake who rocked a goatee like no one else.

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When Steve Austin first debuted in Vince McMahon’s company, he had blonde hair. Yes, Steve Austin had hair on his head back in the day. However, everything changed for the wrestler and the company once he shaved it off.

WWE legend and the voice of wrestling Jim Ross revealed how the iconic bald look of Stone Cold Steve Austin inspired many people outside the wrestling industry to shave their heads and look like him.

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When the three-time Royal Rumble winner debuted for Vince McMahon, he was paired with the ‘Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase. Having come fresh from WCW, Steve Austin had got rid of his long hair and sported a much Bruce Willis inspired look from ‘Pulp Fiction’.

Jim Ross discusses how Stone Cold Steve Austin inspired other people with his bald look

Speaking on his podcast ‘Grilling JR’, Jim Ross confessed that after Austin shaved his head bald, he started a wave where various announcers and athletes over there started shaving their heads too.

JR noted that this happens even today, and it is possible because Steve Austin “ignited a style” with his bald head and goatee. What made it iconic was his meteoritic rise in the wrestling business.

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)

“I can tell you with this guy named Stone Cold Steve Austin started breaking the glass. So he ignited a style, a vibe. And that look then identified with success and toughness two traits that men love. There’s only probably one or two things in life you want more than success and love.” he said.

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Currently, Steve Austin is enjoying his retirement by hosting his own podcast, ‘The Broken Skull Sessions’ on the WWE Network.

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Recently, it was reported that Stone Cold Steve Austin might appear at the WrestleMania 38 PPV. However, the capacity in which Austin will take part is unreported.

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Prithvi Mishra

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Prithvi Mishra is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports. He graduated from Raj Kumar Goel Institute of Technology in Ghaziabad. Having started his career as a UFC writer, Prithvi has nearly 2 years worth of experience in covering combat sports.

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