Steve Austin is a popular choice when breaking down the greatest wrestling stars of all time. Other candidates such as Hulk Hogan, The Rock and John Cena all have their detractors but Austin is essentially universally loved in the wrestling world. Starting off his first noteworthy in wrestling as one of the best in-ring workers for WCW, Austin excelled as a tag team and singles wrestler due to his work rate. During his short stint in ECW, Austin showcased his ability to cut a great promo when put in the right spot and that helped him land a job in WWE that would change the entire industry.
As the edgy and rebellious hero, fans associated and lived vicariously through “Stone Cold” Steve Austin as he tormented Vince McMahon and had classic matches with The Rock. The popularity of Austin led to the most financially successful time in WWE and the entire industry. Wrestling was becoming popular in mainstream media with television ratings dominating cable and that was largely thanks to Austin being the face of the WWE. Austin’s run as a top star lasted from 1997 until 2003 when his career would end due to a neck injury. Despite no longer wrestling, Austin would make many more memorable appearances in roles like general manager and guest referee.
Following his retirement, Austin has no doubt inspired many wrestlers that have come after him. You could see Austin’s influence when CM Punk was a top star and more recently in the characters of current stars like Dean Ambrose and Kevin Owens. Even when he makes the rare appearance in front of a live crowd today, Austin is worshipped by the fan base and celebrated for his body of work. There’s no doubting Austin’s legacy but he’s also one of the more mysterious wrestlers, so we’re going to dig a little deeper into his life and break down 15 little known facts about “Stone Cold” Steve Austin.
15 Close Friend of Bill Goldberg
14 Has Appeared in Multiple Adam Sandler Movies
13 Nominated For a Podcast Award
12 Half-brother of Actor Jamie McBride
11 Jim Ross is his Right Hand Man
10 Almost a Gym Teacher
9 Refused to Lose to Brock Lesnar
8 Refused to Wrestle Jeff Jarrett
7 Was a Band Geek in High School
6 Strong Supporter of Gay Marriage
5 Legally changed name to Steve Austin
4 A Triple H Hug Changed his Career
3 Almost Interviewed Rival Hulk Hogan on Podcast
2 Never Pinned Bret Hart
1 The Original Paul Heyman Guy
Working together in WCW as members of “The Dangerous Alliance” faction, Paul Heyman was one of the first wrestling minds to see something special in Steve Austin. Known for having a great eye for talent, Heyman’s first hit was calling the success of Austin. Eric Bischoff fired an injured Austin from WCW and Heyman brought over Austin to ECW, desperately wanting to spotlight the frustrated Texan with a microphone and a camera. Changing his reputation as an incredible promo artist, Austin was hired by WWE and became the biggest star in the company. It was only fitting that one of the most brilliant wrestling minds of all time was the first to notice the excellence of the most successful wrestling star.
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