Steve Austin, born December 18, 1964, is a retired professional wrestler for the World Wrestling Entertainment, or W.W.E. A native of Texas, he broke into the world of wrestling in the late 1980s as Stunning Steve Austin, winning a multitude of championships even before he joined W.W.E. The actor and producer has had a stellar career, and we’d like to celebrate his accomplishments on his birthday!
Stone Cold Steve Austin has been a force to reckon with in the ring since his debut in the world of wrestling. Born Steven James Anderson, in Austin, Texas, Stone Cold is one of four siblings. He played football in college, from which he got a scholarship at the University of North Texas. It was in 1989 that he began wrestling as a rookie. He was trained by Gentleman Chris Adams, and he fought at World Class Championship Wrestling. He quickly learned the skills and techniques and was well on his way to being one of the best. He later left the newly formed U.S.W.A. — a merger between W.C.C.W. and the Continental Wrestling Association — and found a home at World Championship Wrestling where, under the alias Stunning Steve Austin, he soon won his first W.C.W. Television Championship.
His time with W.C.W. saw him also being paired with wrestler Brain Pillman, with whom he competed in tag team competitions and won the W.C.W. World Tag Team Championship as the Hollywood Blonds. The team later split and Stone Cold, returning from an injury, was let go by W.C.W. He later found a new start with Extreme Championship Wrestling, in 1995, where he did promotional material and interviews as Superstar Steve Austin. The following year, Stone Cold joined the World Wrestling Federation, debuting as the Ringmaster, and won his first Wrestlematian competition. He had his second daughter in the same year, his first having been born in 1992. The year 1997 came with his feud with Vince McMahon, who took a title away from him and also found himself at the receiving end of Stone Cold’s stunner on multiple occasions.
By the end of the ’90s, Stone Cold had clashed with most W.W.E. superstars, including The Rock, Triple H, and even The Nature Boy, Rick Flair. The early 2000s found him at odds with the W.W.E. writers over the storylines and creative changes. He had his last two matches against Eric Bischoff and later The Rock, with whom he settled his feud, along with his other fallouts with other wrestlers. He officially retired from W.W.E. in 2003 but continued making appearances. He took a whack at acting, landing roles in “The Longest Yard” and “The Condemned,” as the protagonist, Jack Conrad. He legally changed his name to Steve Austin and married Kristin Feres. He tried his hand at hosting and started a podcast, “The Steve Austin Show,” later changing it to “Broken Skull Sessions” and hosting his peers from W.W.E. His accomplishments inside the ring were plenty, including his W.W.E. Championships and his induction into the W.W.E. Hall of Fame.
Steve Austin begins his wrestling career and joins World Class Championship Wrestling (W.C.C.W).
He leaves W.C.C.W. to join World Championship Wrestling (W.C.W.) and wins his first W.C.W. Television Championship as Stunning Steve Austin.
In his debut on W.W.F., he wins his first Wrestlemania contest as the Ringmaster.
He develops a new moniker, Stone Cold, as well as a feud with Vince McMahon after the latter stripped him of the Intercontinental Championship.
He makes an appearance in the action/drama series “V.I.P.,” alongside Pamela Anderson.
Stone Cold retires from wrestling competitions but continues to make some appearances at W.W.E.
He starts a weekly, family-friendly podcast that becomes a success and has an ‘Unleashed’ version that is more adult-oriented.
He begins his interview segment, “Steve Austin: The Broken Skull Sessions,” on the W.W.E. Network and hosts his wrestling peers.
Why We Love Stone Cold Steve Austin
He loves food
Stone Cold often shares pictures and videos of his latest dishes in the kitchen. He creates meal preps and even weighs the dishes.
His antics and controversy in and out of the ring made for a great show and kept his opponents on their toes, such as the time he lifted Triple H.’s car with a forklift and let it drop with Triple H. inside. He sure knew how to keep his fans entertained.
His transition to the wrestling business
Following his retirement, he was invited to be one of the managers of W.W.E. He also made multiple appearances on the ring before moving on to his podcast on the W.W.E. Network.
5 Surprising Facts
His feud with Vince McMahon
Their feud was sparked by McMahon’s stripping Stone Cold of his Intercontinental Championship title.
He frequently changed his name
Before he became Stone Cold, he was Stunning Steve Austin, Superstar Steve Austin, and The Ringmaster.
Origin of the ‘Stone Cold’ stage name
While on the market for a new stage name, over coffee with his then-wife Jeanie Clarke, Stone Cold heard his wife say that his drink would become ‘stone cold’ if he delayed drinking it — thus the name Stone Cold was born.
Bruce Willis inspired his haircut
Stone Cold kept long, blond hair at the beginning of his career, but after watching Bruce Willis in “Pulp Fiction,” while also battling thinning hair, he cut all his hair and left the goatee.
He has his own beer
Stone Cold was famous for chugging multiple cans of beer in his matches, so it was only natural that he partnered with El Segundo Brewing Company to create Steve Austin’s Broken Skull I.P.A.
Stone Cold Steve Austin FAQs
How many pets does Steve Austin have?
Austin has four pets: three dogs named Brownie, Cali, and Moolah and a cat named Pancho.
Who are Steve Austin’s children?
Austin has four children: Jade Adams, Cassidy Williams, Loren Williams, and Stephanie Williams. He adopted Jade, who was Jeanie Clarke and Chris Adams’ child.
Who was the first guest on “the Broken Skull Sessions?”
His first show on his new podcast was joined by none other than The Undertaker. They discussed The Undertaker’s 30-year wrestling career and shared some never-before-told stories.
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