NBA Legend LeBron James Pays Tribute to WWE Hall of Famer Stone Cold Steve Austin

Published 03/17/2021, 9:30 AM EDT


LeBron James is one of the biggest athletes in the world. The basketball star is also a big wrestling fan and actually attended an episode of WWE Raw in 2003. One of the most memorable Raw moments was when LeBron was seen taking a picture a Stone Cold Steve Austin on his flip phone. On 3:16 day, LeBron paid tribute to Austin in a classy way.

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LeBron James pays tribute to Stone Cold Steve Austin

Mar 7, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Team LeBron forward LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers (23) is introduced before the 2021 NBA All-Star Game at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Stone Cold Steve Austin became a pop culture icon during his wrestling days. From his rivalry with Vince McMahon, his brawl with Mike Tyson and matches with The Rock, everything about Austin screamed infamy. One of Austin’s moments of infamy came in 2003, when LeBron James attended Raw.

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In 2003, Cleveland Cavaliers selected a young hometown rookie, who would become one of the best in the world. But in 2003, LeBron won the Rookie of the Year Award, and was the talk of the town. Hence, his WWE appearance generated a lot of headlines.

When Stone Cold Steve Austin came to the ring, LeBron quickly snapped a couple of photos of the superstar. He then proudly flashed them to the camera with a smug look on his face. He even hung out with several superstars backstage, including Goldberg.

On account of it being 3:16 day, LeBron sported a ‘LeBron 3:16’ shirt with a skull printed on the back with #23 on it. This was a classy way to celebrate one of the biggest names in pro-wrestling history.

One year since Austin’s segment with Becky Lynch

Last year saw one of the strangest episodes of Raw in the show’s long history. It was only the second episode of Raw to feature no fans, all to prepare for WrestleMania 36, which also featured no fans.

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Last year was the first time WWE acknowledged March 16th to be Steve Austin Day, even though 3:16 refers to a psalm in the Bible and not the date.

On this day last year, Austin and Becky Lynch drank beer and delivered stunners to commentator Byron Saxton and The Street Profits.

This year, WWE announced Steve Austin Week, which will feature documentaries about the Texas Rattlesnake. One documentary called ‘Meeting Stone Cold’ will look at various superstars describing their first time meeting the Rattlesnake.

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There is a documentary about the birth of the Stunner, his best moments, and of course, the Broken Skull podcast with Randy Orton.

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Nathan Fulgado

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Nathan Fulgado is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Having published close to 1000 professional wrestling articles, Nathan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier's College. He has previously worked at Free Press Journal as a local journalist.

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