"STONE COLD" STEVE AUSTIN
Real name: Steven James Williams
Weight: 241 lbs.
Date of birth: December 18, 1964
Hometown: Victory, TX
Pro debut: December 11, 1989
Trained by: Chris Adams
Finishing move: Stone Cold Stunner
Wrestled as: "Stunning" Steve Austin, Ringmaster
Austin has always been popular with the critics (a Pro Wrestling Illustrated
favorite since he started). He is a solid wrestler, gifted athlete, with undeniable drive and resolve. A tough
SOB if there ever was one! Austin went on to make the sport of wrestling what it is today! What I like best about
Austin is his ability to bounce back from anything you put in his way. He is THE force to reckon with in the sport and
is already ranked in the 100 All-Time Best Wrestlers at #9!
- Austin trained five months at Chris Adam's
- In his professional debut, Austin, wrestling under his real name, defeated Frogman Lablanc. He received
$40 for the night.
- Austin turned heel and broke away from his mentor, "Gentleman" Chris Adams.
- On November 10,
1990, Austin teamed with the California Stud (Rod Price) to capture the TWF (Texas Wrestling Federation) Tag Team title from
the Angel of Death and Abdullah the Butcher.
- On January 25, 1991, Austin captured the USWA (United States Wrestling
Association) Southern title from Jeff Jarrett via the referee's reverse decision.
- With Austin's arrival in the WCW in
April 1991, he got a valet, Vivacious Veronica, but she was soon dropped, and the "Stunning" one gained the services of Jeannie (Lady Blossom), his then real life wife.
- On June 3, 1991, Austin
beat Bobby Eaton for the WCW Television title in Birmingham, AL.
- Paul E. Dangerously (Heyman) bought Austin's contract
from his valet, and Steve joined the Dangerous Alliance, which included Arn Anderson, Rick Rude, Larry Zbyzsko, Bobby Eaton,
- Barry Windham defeated Austin for the Television title on April 27, 1992, but he regained it four weeks
- When Dangerously left WCW, Austin formed a tag team with Brian Pillman. The team was dubbed the Hollywood Blondes.
- The Hollywood Blondes became Tag Team champions by defeating the team of Ricky Steamboat and Shane Douglas on March
2, 1993, in Macon, GA.
- The Hollywood Blondes defeated Steamboat and Douglas at the 1993 Slamboree.
- When Pillman
turned babyface, Austin went back to singles competition, and hired a new manager, Colonel Parker.
- At Starrcade '93
in Charlotte, NC, Austin defeated Dustin Rhodes in a best of 3 falls match for the United States title.
- Austin successfully
defended the U.S. title against Johnny B. Badd (Marc Mero) at Slamboree '94.
- At the 1994 Bash at the Beach, Austin again
successfully defended the U.S. title, this time against Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat.
- Austin suffered a serious tricep
muscle tear during a tour of Japan. WCW boss Eric Bischoff terminated Austin's $300,000 dollar per year contract due to injuries
and a perceived lack of marketability in September 1995.
- Austin debuted in ECW as "The Extreme Superstar" Steve Austin at the ECW Arena, on September 23, 1995.
Austin, still injured, mostly used the microphone in his brief ECW stint.
- By the end of 1995, Austin left ECW and signed
with the WWF.
- Austin entered the WWF as the Ringmaster, managed by the "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase.
- On December
18, 1995, the Ringmaster was awarded the Million Dollar title belt.
- Austin's first PPV in the WWF was the Royal Rumble '96, where he eliminated Bob Holly. Austin
was eliminated by Fatu (Rikishi).
- After the Royal Rumble, Austin started feuding with Savio Vega.
- Now going by
the name "Stone Cold," Austin defeated Vega at WrestleMania XII, only to loose a strap match to Vega at "In Your House" 8,
a loss which meant that DiBiase had to leave the WWF.
- Stone Cold won the 1996 King of the Ring, defeating Bob Holly,
Savio Vega, Marc Mero, and Jake "The Snake" Roberts in the finals.
- At the coronation ceremony, Austin for the first
time said his famous quote, "Austin 3:16 says I just whipped your A$$!" This was said because of Jake's belief in God, but
no one knew that it would be such a famous quote and the start of Austin's growing popularity.
- Austin was eliminated
in the 1997 Royal Rumble, but none of the WWF officials noticed it, and Austin re-entered the battle royal and tossed out
Bret Hart to be declared the winner.
- On the May 25, 1997 "Raw" program, Austin teamed up with the "Heartbreak Kid" Shawn
Michaels to defeat Owen Hart and the British Bulldog for the WWF World Tag Team title.
- It became obvious that Austin
and Michaels would not be able to survive as a team. When Austin needed a partner for a rematch with Owen Hart and the British
Bulldog for the WWF tag team belts on July 14, 1997, Dude Love arrived. Stone Cold and Dude Love were victorious.
pinned Owen Hart for the Intercontinental title at the 1997 Summerslam, but in the process, suffered a serious neck injury
when Hart pile drove Austin.
- On September 22, 1997, during the Madison Squared Garden "Raw" show, Austin gave Vince
McMahon a Stone Cold Stunner.
- Austin regained the Intercontinental title at the 1997 Survivor Series.
- When McMahon
ordered Austin to defend the IC title against Rocky Maivia on the December 8, 1997 "Raw," Stone Cold forfeited the title,
and the belt eventually ended up in a river courtesy of Austin.
- Austin won the 1998 Royal Rumble to earn a WWF title
match at Wrestlemania XIV. Stone Cold pinned Shawn Michaels to win the WWF title on March 29, 1998.
- The teased Austin-McMahon
match on the April 13, 1998 "Raw" show ended Nitro's 83 consecutive week winning streak in the Nielsen ratings.
defeated Austin at the 1998 King of the Ring in a first blood match. The next night on "Raw," Austin pinned Kane to win his
second WWF title.
- Austin retained the WWF title by defeating the Undertaker at the 1998 Summerslam.
- McMahon ordered
Austin to defend the WWF title against both Kane and the Undertaker at the 1998 "Judgment Day." Both the Undertaker and Kane
covered Austin, but no winner was announced.
- Austin earned the right to compete in the 1999 Royal Rumble by burying
the Undertaker alive at the "Rock Bottom" PPV. Austin went on to win the Royal Rumble, earning a shot at The Rock's WWF title.
- Austin pinned The Rock for the WWF title at Wrestlemania XV in Philadelphia, PA.
- On June 28, 1999, Austin pinned
the Undertaker in Charlotte, NC for his fourth WWF title.
- Austin won the end of the era match at Fully Loaded in July
1999 over the Undertaker. As a result, Mr. McMahon would no longer be permitted on WWF television.
- Austin defeated Triple
H at Summerslam '99, with Jesse "The Body" Ventura serving as the special guest referee.
- In January 2000, Austin had
surgery to remove bone spurs from his neck.
- Austin was in The Rock's corner at Backlash '00 at the MCI Center in Washington,
D.C. when he defeated Triple H for the WWF title.
- On September 13, 2000, Austin married Debra in Las Vegas, NV.
"Stone Cold" returned to the WWF in time for Unforgiven. He seeked the person that ran him over at the 1999 Survivor Series.
Austin ended up giving Shane McMahon three stone cold stunners.
- On the October 9, 2000 episode of "Raw," Rikishi was
revealed as the hit and run driver that ran over "Stone Cold" Steve Austin at the 1999 Survivor Series in Detroit, MI.
On the October 30, 2000 edition of "Raw" in Boston, Austin defeated Rikishi in a steel cage match.
- At Survivor Series
2000, Austin fought Triple H to a no contest. After the match, Austin used a fork lift to hoist Hunter's car up, and smash
it to the ground in the parking lot.
- Austin (entering at #27) eliminated Kane to win the 2001 Royal Rumble match in
New Orleans, LA.
- On the February 19, 2001 episode of "Raw," Austin gave Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley a stone cold stunner.
- At Wrestlemania XVII in Houston, TX, Austin defeated The Rock for the WWF title. During the match, Vince McMahon aided
his cause, and shook the "Rattlesnake's" hand, turning Austin heel.
- On the April 5, 2001 edition of "Smackdown," Austin
brutally attacked Jim Ross during an in ring interview.
- Austin and Triple H defeated Kane and the Undertaker for the
WWF World Tag Team title, at Backlash '01 in Chicago, IL.
- At Judgment Day 2001, Austin defeated the Undertaker to retain
the WWF title thanks to outside interference from Triple H.
- On the July 16, 2001 episode of "Raw" in Providence, RI,
Austin reverted back to the "Stone Cold" babyface character.
- At Invasion '01, Austin turned against Team WWF, and joined
the WWF/ECW alliance.
- On the October 8, 2001 edition of "Raw" in Indianapolis, IN, Austin, thanks to interference from
William Regal, defeated Kurt Angle to capture his sixth WWF title.
- At No Mercy '01, Austin successfully defended the
WWF title in a three way dance against Rob Van Dam and Angle.
- At the Rebellion '01 PPV in Manchester, England, Austin
defeated The Rock.
- Austin successfully the WWF title against Angle at the Vengeance PPV in San Diego, CA.
- At Wrestlemania
X-8 in Toronto, Austin defeated the nWo's Scott Hall.
- At Insurrextion '02 in London, England, Austin pinned The Big
- Austin defeated Ric Flair and The Big Show in a handicap match at the 2002 Judgment Day PPV.
- After walking
off the job for the second time, WWE posted the following statement on June 13, 2002 on their official web site: "Stone Cold
Steve Austin is no longer an active member of WWE's talent roster."