Stone Cold Steve Austin

Stone Cold Steve Austin
Stone Cold Steve Austin
United States
6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
252 lb (114 kg)
December 18, 1995
2 April 2022
Date of Birth
December 18, 1964


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Born on December 18, 1964, in Victoria, Texas, Steven James Anderson, better known by his ring name “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, is widely regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time. His popularity during the late 1990s and early 2000s propelled the WWF (now WWE) to unprecedented success.

Career History and Evolution

Steve Austin began his wrestling career in World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW) and then transitioned to World Championship Wrestling (WCW) where he became known as “Stunning” Steve Austin. He then had a brief stint in Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) before joining the WWF in 1995.
His career truly took off in 1996 when he won the King of the Ring tournament and gave his famous “Austin 3:16” speech, which laid the groundwork for his “Stone Cold” persona. This anti-hero character, famous for his beer-drinking, rebellious nature, and defiance against his boss Vince McMahon, became a cornerstone of the WWF’s “Attitude Era”.

Titles and Achievements

Austin is a six-time WWF Champion, two-time Intercontinental Champion, and four-time Tag Team Champion. Additionally, he’s won the Royal Rumble three times and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2009.

Biggest Matches and Rivalries

Austin had some of the most intense rivalries in wrestling history, most notably with Vince McMahon, The Rock, and Triple H. His matches against The Rock at WrestleMania XV, X-Seven, and XIX are particularly memorable. Austin’s match with Bret Hart at WrestleMania 13, where Austin refused to submit to the “Sharpshooter,” remains one of the most iconic moments in wrestling.

Tag Team Partners

Despite being predominantly a singles competitor, Austin had a few notable tag team partners, including Dude Love and Triple H, with whom he formed the power stable, “The Two-Man Power Trip.”

Family Life

Austin has been married four times and has two daughters from his second marriage. Since his retirement, he has primarily lived a secluded life at his ranch in Nevada, though he remains involved in the wrestling world through his podcast, the “Steve Austin Show”.

Finishing Move

Austin’s finishing move, the “Stone Cold Stunner,” is one of the most popular and instantly recognizable finishers in professional wrestling.

Clothing and Entrance Music

Austin is synonymous with his black trunks, leather vests, and skull-themed merchandise. His entrance music, Jim Johnston’s “I Won’t Do What You Tell Me,” with its iconic glass-shattering intro, perfectly encapsulates the rebellious nature of the “Stone Cold” persona.
Stone Cold Steve Austin, with his charisma, intense in-ring style, and captivating persona, played a crucial role in propelling professional wrestling into mainstream popularity during the late ’90s. His legacy in the industry remains unparalleled.