16Made: Stone Cold Steve Austin
I mean it seems pretty obvious to put Steve Austin on this list as he was easily the biggest wrestling star of the 1990s. Scratch that last statement. After transitioning to Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Texas Rattlesnake WAS a pop culture icon and easily one of the
most famous people in the world. While it’s true that Austin benefitted from the creativity of the Attitude Era (like most people on this list), you can’t take away the connection that he was able to establish with the fans following the switch. I mean who wouldn’t want to go to work, drink beer and then give their boss a Stunner all in a two hour window? It was a theme that Austin exploited, and as of a result he was able to tap into every cross section of fans.