Top 10 Stone Cold Steve Austin Moments

By Andrew Pappas

Top 10 Stone Cold Steve Austin Moments

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Stone Cold. The Texas Rattlesnake. No matter what you called him, Steve Austin's post-career title is "best ever." He gave wrestling fans some of the best moments in the history of the industry during the WWE's famed Attitude Era. Whether it was inside the ring fighting for a belt, cutting promos, or torturing his boss Vince McMahon, Austin's greatest moments are timelessly entertaining.

10. “Attention Shoppers, There’s A Can Of Whoop-A-- In Aisle 2”

After Booker T cost Stone Cold at chance at becoming champion in 2001, Austin took revenge. Booker T thought he was just shopping innocently for his favorite cereal until a familiar voice came over the store's speakers. Austin's pranks and random promos were always the best. You'd be hard-pressed to find a guy who could pull of a promo like this and make it such quality entertainment.

9. Stone Cold Gives The McMahons A Beer Bath

One of Austin's trademarks is his post-match celebratory beers. On this 1999 episode of RAW, he took it to a whole new level. Austin nearly took down the titantron as he drove a Coors Light beer truck down the stage and began spraying The Corporation and their champion with beer. The McMahons' reactions are absolutely priceless.

8. Stone Cold Brawl With Mike Tyson

The Monday Night war was in its early stages. Things were really beginning to heat up between the WCW and WWE, with both promotions doing anything and everything they could to get the upper leg. For Mr. McMahon and the WWE, special celebrity guests were a regularity. On this night, it was Mike Tyson. The party was just getting started before it got crashed by the sound of breaking glass.

7. Stone Cold and the Cement Truck

Everyone knows Mr. McMahon is a filthy rich businessman. He loves expensive, nice things -- especially cars. Well, unfortunately for Vince, Austin knew that too. In this 1998 episode of Raw, he somehow got his hands on a cement truck and poured cement into Vince's prized Corvette.

6. Dr. Austin

In this 1998 episode of Raw, Austin visited Mr. McMahon in the hospital pretending to be a doctor. Stone Cold diagnosed McMahon's ailments and decided that the best medicine was a big ol' can of whoop-a--, delivered straight from Dr. Austin.

5. Austin Breaks His Neck, Finishes Match

Stone Cold spent much of the year feuding with Bret and Owen Hart. When SummerSlam arrived, Austin was challenging Owen for his Intercontinental Championship. Halfway through the match, Owen performed a piledriver, one of the most dangerous moves in wrestling, on Austin. Unfortunately, Austin's neck was too low and when Hart dropped him, it spiked Stone Cold's head into the mat and broke his neck. Austin could barely even stand up, Amazingly, he finished the match and won the IC belt.

4. Wrestlemania 14: Austin Wins First WWF Title

Both Austin and opponent Shawn Michaels were nursing injuries and the quality of wrestling wasn't the best, but this was a defining moment of the Attitude Era. For the first time in his WWE career, there was no star bigger or more recognizable name than Austin on the roster. Mike Tyson was the "special enforcer" while wearing a D-Generation X shirt, but still counted the 1-2-3 as Austin took over the wrestling world.

3. Austin First Uses "Austin 3:16"

Austin 3:16. It was shocking when the phrase was first uttered, but it became the most popular saying in WWE history. People to this day wear Austin 3:16 shirts to WWE events. This came after Austin won the King of the Ring by defeating Jake "The Snake" Roberts in the final match of the tournament.

2. WrestleMania XIII Match With Bret Hart

This match solidified Austin as a top-tier superstar. His feud with Bret Hart climaxed with this submission match at Wrestlemania 13. Hart won the match with his finisher, the Sharpshooter. This match gave us one of the most iconic pictures in wrestling history: Austin with blood dripping down his face as he writhes in pain from the Sharpshooter.

1. Stone Cold Stunner To Mr. McMahon

The Austin/McMahon feud is what drove Stone Cold and the WWE to new heights, and it all began in September of 1997 in Madison Square Garden. Austin was stripped of his titles that night, which caused him to go on a bit of a rampage. That rampage concluded with a Stone Cold Stunner to McMahon -- the first time anyone had ever laid hands on the boss. Stone Cold would not have been Stone Cold without the evolution of McMahon's character.

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