Kurt Angle Reveals the Secret to Stone Cold Steve Austin’s Insane Fan Following

Published 01/04/2022, 2:15 AM EST
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 Levy/WireImage)


Kurt Angle and Stone Cold Steve Austin both played big roles in WWE. However, Stone Cold was cheered by the fans for doing things that usually a heel does.

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As everyone knows, every WWE storyline has a hero (babyface) and a villain (heel). However, there are times when a Superstar arrives at the company, and plays a supposed heel but is loved by the WWE Universe. This is exactly what happened with The Texas Rattlesnake.

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Speaking on The Kurt Angle Show, Angle revealed why the audience cheered for The Texas Rattlesnake even when his actions aligned with that of a heel.

“They were cheering for the bad guys. Yes. I mean, Stone Cold Steve Austin is a perfect example of someone that was supposed to be a heel and he was a babyface. I think the reason why is because he was a rebel. You know, he drank beer.”

“He flipped off his boss. You know, he had an attitude. Those to me mean that you’re heel. So. But, things changed in wrestling, especially in the mid-90s. The Attitude Era changed everything. I would say a generation or two earlier, I would have been the top babyface in the company.”H/t The Kurt Angle Show.

But, if one was to put a label on the type of character Stone Cold Steve Austin played in WWE, it wouldn’t be fair to term it as babyface or heel. It was somewhere in-between, an anti-hero if one may.

Stone Cold Steve Austin could possibly return to WWE

It’s been a while since The Texas Rattlesnake came to town. Undoubtedly, the WWE Universe will always want him to come back. So, WWE may make it happen at the upcoming WrestleMania event.

Stone Cold Steve Austin and Vince McMahon, chairman of WWE (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage)

According to reports, WWE is planning something which would have Stone Cold Steve Austin grace WrestleMania 38 with his presence. However, his role remains unknown.

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While reports state it won’t be in a wrestling role, nothing says he won’t execute The Stunner on someone. There are plenty of Superstars who would voluntarily stand in the ring to have The Stunner executed on them!

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Hopefully, the plan will move forward and the WWE Universe will be in for a treat at WrestleMania 38!

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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.

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