Recently WWE has been shoving John Cena and Roman Reigns down the throats of the WWE Universe, but there was a time when merchandise sales and fan reaction influenced pushes and not the vice versa. In 1998 alone, one wrestler earned more than $1 million only on merchandise sales. He epitomized the Attitude Era and remains only the second Hall of Famer to be inducted by the chairman of WWE, Vince McMahon. In case you have not guessed whom the writer is talking about, he is the Dean Ambrose of the yesteryear — sigh — albeit a version about a million times better.
Stone Cold Steve Austin has arguably been the biggest star in the history of wrestling, though the likes of Hulk Hogan, The Rock, John Cena, and Roman Reigns — sarcasm intended — do not stand far behind. During his WWE tenure, he was regarded as the most notorious wrestler to ever set foot in the WWE ring and still holds the title. More importantly, WWE or any wrestling promotion can never create another Steve Austin.
Despite his laurels, his personal life has not always been a bed of roses though, as there are real life incidents that can crack the fans up as much as Stone Cold did. Like most other wrestlers or celebrities in general, his life is filled with betrayal, violence, love, mental issues, and many jests. In this article, we will take you through cherry-picked insane stories from the life of Stone Cold Steve Austin.
Disclaimer: The writer does not intend to hurt the repute of Steve Austin, and stories that seem to disparage him are from his ex-partners. However, we aim at shedding light on the life of the wrestler we all grew to love.
With that being said, feel free to let us know in the comments below if we missed any crazy stories that you have heard about the Texas Rattlesnake.
20 Birth Of Austin 3:16
With the language used by the Superstars scrutinized by sponsors these days, WWE scripts nearly every promo in its entirety. However, the functioning of the business was different then from what it is today, as the superstars used to write their own promos — imagine the number of times Roman Reigns would have pulled a Sycho Sid if the tradition prevailed.
While feuding with Jake Roberts, who was then performing under a missionary gimmick, he pulled off his now infamous Austin 3:16 promo, much to the excitement of the crowd. “You sit there and you thump your bible, and you say your prayers, and it didn't get you anywhere! Talk about your Psalms, talk about John 3:16, Austin 3:16 says I just whipped your ass,” said Stone Cold, who had just thumped the Snake to win the King of the Ring tournament.
19 Austin The Convict
Usage of steroids comes with an awful inevitable side effect called "roid rage" that allegedly drives the user into a period of insanity. Stone Cold, an alleged steroid user, is no exception as evidenced by his violent behavior toward his third wife Debra Marshall. Shortly after leaving the WWE, his wife was found bruised at the couple's home in San Antonio. He was arrested eight weeks after the incident, but never served any jail time, though the jury ordered him to give up alcohol for 12 months, pay a fine of $1,000 and perform 80 hours of community service.
18 Traveling Partners
17 Backlash For Taking His Ball Home
WWE has a bizarre penchant for giving the worst sendoffs to their employees. As Stone Cold parted ways with the company unannounced, they chose to belittle him in his absence by having The Rock telling him to "get the F out" of the company. Stone Cold was the least amused with the way WWE dealt with his departure. "The problem was with me and Vince, it wasn’t with me and Rock. I thought that was the biggest chickens**t thing I’d ever seen done to me, so far in the business, for him to go out and call me out," wrote an infuriated Stone Cold in the February 2003 edition of Raw magazine.
16 Dumping the Hulkster
Biggest stars from different generations locking horns with each other inside the squared circle always excites the WWE Universe; however, such matches hardly excite the Superstars involved . Sometimes the idea of two icons meeting overexcites them as evinced by Shawn Michaels' 'fantastic' match with Hulk Hogan at SummerSlam (2005). In one such scenario, Stone Cold admitted to deny fighting the Hulkster at WrestleMania X8 because of the professional animosity between them, though he was, in fact, unsure whether the Hulkster would put him over.
15 Torturing Animals
14 No More Beer
Austin's first encounter with beer was at the age of 14, and even casual fans should know that his favorite brand is Budweiser. He loves beer so much and his penchant for beer is so marketable, that Los Angeles-based brewing company El Segundo has joined hands with him to launch his own brand named Broken Skull IPA. However, his choice of alcohol has toned down, as he lately prefers wine to beer.
13 Near-Death Experience
12 Birth Of Stone Cold
The Ringmaster was one horrible gimmick, but WWE would have made his next gimmick more terrible had the three-time Royal Rumble winner accepted the WWE's proposals for his name straight away. Despite getting the nod from the head honchos for a rebellious persona, he was struggling to name it imaginatively whilst also not sounding stupid. WWE apparently faxed him of these names: Ivan the Terrible, Ice Dagger and Fang McFrost — by the looks of things, WWE has been having creative issues since inception.
11 Worst Enemy Outside Ring
Jeff Jarrett has made only a few friends in WWE, and this article's protagonist is certainly not one. Upon his return to the WWE, Double J cut a promo in which he directly dissed Stone Cold for being blasphemous, referencing his famous Austin 3:16 promo; he slated him for rubbishing the bible to strictly line his pockets. Waiting for Double J to come backstage, an enraged Austin stood with a blood red head, and as soon as he came, he lashed out at him and threatened to get him fired.
10 Ex-girlfriend’s Accusations
Tess Broussard claims that her then-alcoholic boyfriend abused her mentally to the point of withholding her from watching certain television channels, including MTV, HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, and Black Entertainment Television, and even stated that he called her a n***** lover for watching BET. She alleged that her prior career appearing in adult movies played a part in him being paranoid.
9 Apologizing To Raven
Steve Austin has been known to be very controlling of his partners with (you guessed it) Tess Broussard revealing that he would never introduce her to male colleagues. His confrontation with Raven all but confirms his possessiveness. Debra was cutting a promo backstage near the shower, when Raven suddenly popped up wearing nothing but a towel. Rumor has it that Raven loved flaunting his body in front of female talents.
8 Started A Mark
7 Spousal Abuse
Debra has reportedly been bruised by Stone Cold very often, though the WWE employees chose to ignore it, as he was the biggest star back then. "When Steve Austin was pounding on me that last time with his steroid rage, pounding on me, his eyes were bugging out of his head, and it was a rage like the most horrifying thing you've ever seen," said Debra while recalling a one such incident in which she was the recipient of the vicious attack at the hands of Stone Cold.
6 Inspiration By A Serial Killer
5 Shutting Out The Kliq/Inspiring The Rock
The Kliq's antics need to introduction — we insist on reading this article about their insane behavior if you have no idea who they are. The Rock and Stone Cold were embroiled in the biggest feud in professional wrestling, and were set to main event WrestleMania, but members of The Kliq tried politicking Vinne Mac into de-pushing The Rock as they were trying to propel Triple H to main-event status.
4 Affair With A Teenager
In an another article here on TheSportster, we discussed many underage relationships. Here is another cringe worthy one. Tess Broussard, after cutting ties with the Hall of Fame wrestler, revealed a disturbing story about him. She claimed that he was exchanging explicit emails with a 16-year-old foreign fan. She even proceeded to claim that he had admitted to sharing his hotel room with the kid while touring overseas. Broussard added that he had denied having intercourse with the kid.
3 Best Exchange Ever
2 Stunners No Matter What
1 One helluva success story
Dwayne Johnson posted on his Facebook few years ago how he first ventured into the world of professional wrestling with only $7 to his name. Stone Cold's history is much similar to The Rock. He was paid only two Alexander Hamiltons for a night's toils early on. He has often stated that he slept most of his nights in his car as no wrestling promotion paid for hotel expenses or food back then.
While working for United States Wrestling Association, Jerry Jarrett paid him a very little money and the biggest WWE superstar only survived on boiled potatoes. He has admitted that his decision not to work with his son Jeff Jarrett is completely because of the way the Jarretts had treated him during his rookie years. Looking back on his career, though there will surely be a few regrets for him, he has lived the life every wrestling fan dreams of.
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