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{{#invoke:redirect hatnote|redirect}} {{#invoke:Protection banner|main}} {{#invoke:Infobox|infobox}} Steve Austin (born Steven James Anderson; December 18, 1964),<ref name="truth10">Steve Austin. The Stone Cold Truth (p.10, 12–13),</ref> better known by his ring name "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, is an American actor, producer, and retired professional wrestler who is signed to WWE under a legends contract. He gained significant mainstream popularity in the WWF in the late 1990s as "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, a disrespectful, beer-drinking antihero who routinely defied the establishment and his boss, company chairman Vince McMahon;<ref>Sammond, Nicholas, page 6</ref><ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref> this persona of Austin's has been described as the "poster boy" of the Attitude Era,<ref>{{#invoke:Citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=journal }}</ref> a boom period in WWF business in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Addressing his box office drawing power, McMahon <ref name="Record. June 1, 2004">"Vince McMahon interview". Off the Record. June 1, 2004. 3 minutes in. TSN. He [Austin] surpassed all of [Hulk] Hogan's records... in terms of merchandising and licensing, and pay-per-view and live events. Without question the most popular performer we've ever had.</ref> and former WWE executives Jim Ross <ref name="The Ross Report 2014">"Steve Austin". The Ross Report. Episode 1. 19 February 2014. 9 minutes in. PodcastOne. Retrieved 8 April 2014. Nobody touches Austin. He did more financially – box office bottom line – than anybody in the annals of the business thus far. And certainly, others like The Rock have taken it to another level after the business, but inside the business, inside the squared circle – that 20 foot square – no-one generated more cash in the length of their WWE career.</ref> and Paul Heyman <ref>"WWE's Paul Heyman". The Steve Austin Show. Episode 185. January 12, 2015. 64 minutes in. PodcastOne. Retrieved January 20, 2015. [Austin was] the hottest thing in the history of WWE. Not Hulk Hogan, not Bruno Sammartino...nobody sold as much merchandise as [him], nobody sold as much pay-per-view as [him], nobody was drawing the gross dollars at these live events as [was] Stone Cold Steve Austin.</ref> have declared Austin to be the most profitable wrestler in the history of the organization. Ross asserted: "Nobody touches Austin... No-one generated more cash in the length of their WWE career".<ref name="The Ross Report 2014"/> Industry veterans and multiple-time WWE Champions Ric Flair,<ref>WrestleMania XXIV: WWE Hall of Fame 2008 (bonus feature; Ric Flair's induction speech) (Digital Video Disc). WWE Home Video. May 20, 2008. Austin is the biggest star in the history of the WWE. I'm so tired of saying [Hulk] Hogan's the biggest star of all time – it ends tonight.</ref> John Cena <ref>"John Cena interview". Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Season 7. Episode 43. March 19, 2009. American Broadcasting Company. 'The Texas Rattlesnake' [Steve Austin], he certainly is the biggest name in the history of our business. [Asked if Austin is 'bigger than Hulk Hogan'] Austin 3:16 is the biggest marquee in the history of the WWE.</ref> and CM Punk <ref>Soscia, Brian (December 20, 2011). "Christmas With WWE's CM Punk 2011". Beneath The Mat. Retrieved May 4, 2014. Austin [is] the biggest star in the wrestling business, period. Bigger than Hulk Hogan, by a landslide.</ref> have each named Austin as the biggest star in WWE history, and, along with McMahon,<ref name="Record. June 1, 2004"/> have stressed that he surpassed the popularity of Hulk Hogan. Austin also devised the long-standing "What?" chant in pro wrestling.<ref>Caldwell, James (2012-04-03). "'Yes!' replacing 'What?' chants?, Stone Cold responds". PWTorch. Retrieved 2015-02-10.</ref>

Austin held 21 championships throughout his wrestling career, and is a six-time WWF Champion, a two-time WWF Intercontinental Champion, and a four-time WWF Tag Team Champion, thus making him the fifth Triple Crown Champion in WWE history. He was also the winner of the 1996 King of the Ring tournament, as well as the 1997, 1998, and 2001 Royal Rumbles, making him the only three-time winner of the event. And, under his "Ringmaster" moniker, he was crowned the Million Dollar Champion by the "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase.

He has headlined multiple pay-per-view events for the WWF, including three WrestleManias (XIV, XV, and X-Seven). He was forced to retire from in-ring competition in 2003 due to a series of knee injuries and a serious neck injury. Throughout the rest of 2003 and 2004, he was featured as the Co-General Manager and "Sheriff" of Raw. Since 2005, he has continued to make occasional appearances, and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2009 by Vince McMahon. In 2011, Austin returned to WWE to host the reboot of the reality series Tough Enough.


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{{#invoke:redirect hatnote|redirect}} {{#invoke:Protection banner|main}} {{#invoke:Infobox|infobox}} Steve Austin (born Steven James Anderson; December 18, 1964),<ref name="truth10">Steve Austin. The Stone Cold Truth (p.10, 12–13),</ref> better known by his ring name "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, is an American actor, producer, and retired professional wrestler who is signed to WWE under a legends contract. He gained significant mainstream popularity in the WWF in the late 1990s as "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, a disrespectful, beer-drinking antihero who routinely defied the establishment and his boss, company chairman Vince McMahon;<ref>Sammond, Nicholas, page 6</ref><ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref> this persona of Austin's has been described as the "poster boy" of the Attitude Era,<ref>{{#invoke:Citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=journal }}</ref> a boom period in WWF business in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Addressing his box office drawing power, McMahon <ref name="Record. June 1, 2004">"Vince McMahon interview". Off the Record. June 1, 2004. 3 minutes in. TSN. He [Austin] surpassed all of [Hulk] Hogan's records... in terms of merchandising and licensing, and pay-per-view and live events. Without question the most popular performer we've ever had.</ref> and former WWE executives Jim Ross <ref name="The Ross Report 2014">"Steve Austin". The Ross Report. Episode 1. 19 February 2014. 9 minutes in. PodcastOne. Retrieved 8 April 2014. Nobody touches Austin. He did more financially – box office bottom line – than anybody in the annals of the business thus far. And certainly, others like The Rock have taken it to another level after the business, but inside the business, inside the squared circle – that 20 foot square – no-one generated more cash in the length of their WWE career.</ref> and Paul Heyman <ref>"WWE's Paul Heyman". The Steve Austin Show. Episode 185. January 12, 2015. 64 minutes in. PodcastOne. Retrieved January 20, 2015. [Austin was] the hottest thing in the history of WWE. Not Hulk Hogan, not Bruno Sammartino...nobody sold as much merchandise as [him], nobody sold as much pay-per-view as [him], nobody was drawing the gross dollars at these live events as [was] Stone Cold Steve Austin.</ref> have declared Austin to be the most profitable wrestler in the history of the organization. Ross asserted: "Nobody touches Austin... No-one generated more cash in the length of their WWE career".<ref name="The Ross Report 2014"/> Industry veterans and multiple-time WWE Champions Ric Flair,<ref>WrestleMania XXIV: WWE Hall of Fame 2008 (bonus feature; Ric Flair's induction speech) (Digital Video Disc). WWE Home Video. May 20, 2008. Austin is the biggest star in the history of the WWE. I'm so tired of saying [Hulk] Hogan's the biggest star of all time – it ends tonight.</ref> John Cena <ref>"John Cena interview". Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Season 7. Episode 43. March 19, 2009. American Broadcasting Company. 'The Texas Rattlesnake' [Steve Austin], he certainly is the biggest name in the history of our business. [Asked if Austin is 'bigger than Hulk Hogan'] Austin 3:16 is the biggest marquee in the history of the WWE.</ref> and CM Punk <ref>Soscia, Brian (December 20, 2011). "Christmas With WWE's CM Punk 2011". Beneath The Mat. Retrieved May 4, 2014. Austin [is] the biggest star in the wrestling business, period. Bigger than Hulk Hogan, by a landslide.</ref> have each named Austin as the biggest star in WWE history, and, along with McMahon,<ref name="Record. June 1, 2004"/> have stressed that he surpassed the popularity of Hulk Hogan. Austin also devised the long-standing "What?" chant in pro wrestling.<ref>Caldwell, James (2012-04-03). "'Yes!' replacing 'What?' chants?, Stone Cold responds". PWTorch. Retrieved 2015-02-10.</ref>

Austin held 21 championships throughout his wrestling career, and is a six-time WWF Champion, a two-time WWF Intercontinental Champion, and a four-time WWF Tag Team Champion, thus making him the fifth Triple Crown Champion in WWE history. He was also the winner of the 1996 King of the Ring tournament, as well as the 1997, 1998, and 2001 Royal Rumbles, making him the only three-time winner of the event. And, under his "Ringmaster" moniker, he was crowned the Million Dollar Champion by the "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase.

He has headlined multiple pay-per-view events for the WWF, including three WrestleManias (XIV, XV, and X-Seven). He was forced to retire from in-ring competition in 2003 due to a series of knee injuries and a serious neck injury. Throughout the rest of 2003 and 2004, he was featured as the Co-General Manager and "Sheriff" of Raw. Since 2005, he has continued to make occasional appearances, and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2009 by Vince McMahon. In 2011, Austin returned to WWE to host the reboot of the reality series Tough Enough.


Stone Cold Steve Austin sections
Intro   Early life    Professional wrestling career    Other media   [[Stone_Cold_Steve_Austin?section=_Bibliography_{{safesubst:#invoke:anchor|main}}_| Bibliography {{safesubst:#invoke:anchor|main}} ]]   Personal life    In wrestling    Championships and accomplishments    Notes    References    External links   

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