5 iconic Stone Cold Steve Austin moments of all time
Stone Cold Steve Austin is probably the most influential WWE superstar ever and is responsible for the global popularity of the WWE. He is considered among the best and has carved out a special place for himself in the history of professional wrestling. The Texas Rattlesnake's take-no-prisoners attitude received immense love from the fans. Here are his 5 best moments.
The most quoted WWE speech of all time
Austin's popularity started soaring after he won the King of The Ring tournament in 1995. What became iconic was not the event but Austin's speech that followed. After defeating Jake 'The Snake' Roberts, Austin was asked to share a few words as he commented, "You talk about your psalms, you talk about John 3:16, well Austin 3:16 says I just whipped your a**."
Austin brings in a beer truck, rains on everyone
A week before WrestleMania 1999, as The Rock and the McMahons were celebrating his WWE Championship, Stone Cold interrupted the celebrations and how! He rode into the arena, down the ramp and parked a massive beer truck just outside the ring. Then Stone Cold rained down beer on all the people in the ring, spoiling Rock's moment of fame.
When Stone Cold made Vince McMahon wet himself
Fired after failing to perform his duties as a referee in the WWE Championship between Undertaker and Kane, Austin kidnapped Vince McMahon to teach him a lesson. Austin brought McMahon to the ring with a gun in his hand, pointing it at McMahon's head when the WWE Chairman urinated himself. The gun was a fake, scrolling out 'Bang 3:16' when he pulled the trigger.
Stone Cold saves Team WWE all alone
During the 'Invasion' story-line, when WWE was being attacked by superstars from the ECW-WCW Alliance, Austin came to the rescue. McMahon had not chosen Austin as a member of Team WWE, preferring Kurt Angle instead. However, when ECW and WCW superstars, on a Raw episode, began raising hell, the Texas Rattlesnake roared into action, laying waste to the invaders and 'stunning' his way back.
Austin faces off with the 'Baddest man on The Planet'
Austin was at the height of his popularity after winning the 1998 Royal Rumble and would not back-off from any fight. On January 19, 1998, Vince McMahon brought in one of the most popular sportspersons, Mike Tyson, to Raw. Not someone who would allow another superstar to boast in his ring, Austin arrived and started a brawl with the champion boxer.