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"Stone Cold" Steve Austin

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The Beginning:


Steve Williams was born on December 18, 1964, in Victoria, TX. He was trained by Chris Adams and made his debut in 1990. He joined WCW in 1991. His WCW tenure is most known for his membership in the Dangerous Alliance and his tag team with Brian Pillman. Steve suffered an arm injury in late 1994 and was fired by Eric Bischoff over the phone.

ECW & The Ringmaster:


Steve returned to the ring in late 1995 wrestling for ECW. It was here where his mike skills were showcased. His bitterness and hatred for WCW came pouring out in his promos. He was then hired by WWE and spent his first six months as the Ringmaster and was managed by Ted DiBiase. Shortly after dropping DiBiase and the Ringmaster gimmick, Austin's career skyrocketed.

Austin 3:16:


After winning the 1996 King of the Ring, Austin stated to the then-bible thumping Jake Roberts, "Austin 3:16 says I just kicked your a**". The Austin 3:16 shirt went on to become the biggest selling shirt in the history of wrestling. Austin was a no-nonsense heel that the fans started to get behind despite being the bad guy.

Tha Hart Foundation:


In 1997, Austin's feud with the Hart Foundation propelled him to the main event. His matches with Bret Hart were classics and featured the fans turn against the good guy Bret. He also feuded with Owen Hart and suffered a severe neck injury in their SummerSlam match. This injury forced him to miss several months and would eventually lead to his retirement.

The Champ and his Feud With Vince McMahon:


At WrestleMania 14, Austin became champion in a match that made headlines because of Mike Tyson's involvement. His biggest rival was WWE owner Vince McMahon. The fans really got behind this feud as the fans liked seeing someone humiliate and beat up his boss. With the success of this feud, WWE took the lead over WCW in the Monday Night Wars.

The Rock & Neck Surgery:


Austin's biggest rival in the ring was the Rock. Their feud originally developed as part of the Vince McMahon saga. They went on to main event 2 WrestleMania's and wrestle in a third. Austin required neck surgery in late 1999 and missed most of 2000. By the time he returned to the ring, the Rock became a household name.

Leaving Wrestling:


By June 2002, Steve was very frustrated with his place in WWE. He was scheduled to lose a match to Brock Lesnar as the beginning of Brock's push. Austin felt that was an insult and left. He returned in March 2003 to fight the Rock in what turned out to be his final match. Since then, he has been a TV personality for the company as GM & Sheriff. In 2007, he starred in the WWE Film, The Condemned.

WCW & WWE Title History:


WCW
U.S. Title 12/27/93 Starrcade - Dustin Rhodes
9/18/94 Fall Brawl - wins title via forfeit
TV Title
6/3/91 Bobby Eaton
5/23/92 Barry Windham
NWA Tag Team Title
3/2/93 with Brian Pillman beat Shane Douglas & Ricky Steamboat

WWE
WWE Championship
3/29/98 WrestleMania 14 - Shawn Michaels
6/29/98 RAW - Kane
3/28/99 WrestleMania 15 - The Rock
6/28/99 RAW - The Undertaker
4/1/01 Wrestlemania 17 - The Rock
10/8/01 RAW - Kurt Angle
Intercontinental Title
8/3/97 SummerSlam - Owen Hart (this is the match where Austin hurt his neck)
11/9/97 Survivor Series - Owen Hart
World Tag Team Title
5/25/97 RAW - with Shawn Michaels beat Owen Hart & The British Bulldog
7/14/97 RAW - with Dude Love beat Owen Hart & The British Bulldog
7/26/98 Fully Loaded - with beat Kane & Mankind
4/29/01 Backlash - with Triple H beat Kane & The Undertaker

(Sources: Pro Wrestling Illustrated Almanac, Onlineworldofwrestling.com, & The Stone Cold Truth by Steve Austin)

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