“The Texas Rattlesnake” is perhaps one of the most important figures in WWE history. While he wasn’t necessarily the most gifted technical wrestler, Steve Austin‘s middle finger-raising persona blossomed during WWE’s “Attitude Era” and led to an explosion in wrestling’s popularity.
He started with a good guy image, which the fans where simply not ready for. Austin’s WWE name, Stone Cold, was created by his ex-wife and manager, Jeannie Clark, who noticed Austin wasn’t drinking his tea and replied, “You’d better drink your tea before it gets stone cold.” He later divorced his wife. Austin’s beer bashing and hell raising attitude is what the fans loved most. He gave Vince McMahon stunners with alarming frequency, trashed talked, and just generally did whatever he wanted to do.
In Manitoba, Canada, one beer company introduced a beer named Stone Cold in honor of his iconic gimmick. He collects antiques in his spare time, lives on a ranch in Texas, and drives a Ford truck. It may not seem possible, but this year Steve Austin turns 50. He lived it fast; he lived it on top. There is no other wrestler the fans want one more matches from than Stone Cold Steve Austin. Brock Lesnar has also wanted to compete against the Stunner but Austin had other ideas. In 2003, he organized his biggest beer bash ever. Here we have compiled 10 incredible statistics about Steve Austin you don’t want to miss.
10. Hot Seller 3:16
There is no arguing the fact that Austin is the biggest name in wrestling. Some even say that he surpassed Hulk Hogan in popularity. This can also be confirmed by the fact that in 1998, when Austin was at his peak, WWF is said to have sold 12 million Stone Cold t-shirts and unbelievably Austin merchandise accounted for half of all merchandise sold by the company. Austin, at six-foot-two, 252 pounds, made more than $5 million in 1998 and was one of the hottest stars in entertainment. But he had no control over his career. Vince McMahon single handedly determined his weekly bonus because he owns the character’s trademarks.
9. 4 Marriages
Austin has been married four times. He first married his high school love, Kathryn Burrhus, in 1990. However, during that same time Austin started developing a relationship with his manager, Jeannie Clark. Austin’s first marriage came to end when his relations with his manager grew stronger. The beer basher ended his first marriage with Burrhus and in 1992 married Jeannie Clark. They had two daughters, Stephanie (born 1992) and Cassidy (born 1996), with Austin also legally adopting Jade, Jeannie’s daughter with Chris Adams. Their marriage, however, ended in 1999 and Austin went on to marry for the third time. This time the bride to be was the WWE wrestler Debra Marshall. The couple married in 2000 but divorced in 2003 after Austin assaulted Debra in a Roid Rage. Austin was not done there. After he divorced Debra, it took him six years to marry again. But this time the marriage is for good, hopefully. Austin married Kristin Feres in 2009. The marriage is going strong and we wish them a happy future.
8. Record 3 Royal Rumble Wins
The megastar Steve Austin won the Royal Rumble in 1997, 1998, and in 2001 making him the only professional wrestler to have won the Royal Rumble three times. He is followed by Shawn Michaels, Hulk Hogan, Batista, and John Cena, who have been lucky enough to have won the Royal Rumble twice. Austin has also eliminated 36 rumbling wrestlers in a total of six Royal Rumbles that he has taken part in. In the 1997 Royal Rumble, Austin eliminated 10 wrestlers alone. He truly is a power house.
7. Austin’s Love for American Cars
Austin drives a 1995 Ford Bronco, one of the most iconic American vehicles. According to Austin, it has 37,000 miles and he bought it on eBay. His other vehicles include a 2007 four-door Chevy with 30,000 miles on it. Austin says he likes the Ford Raptor but he can’t drive a Raptor in L.A. because it is six to eight inches wider than a normal truck. It’s already tough enough to drive a four-door truck in L.A. As far as cars go, Austin has had a couple of twin-turbo Porsche 911s and he also had three corvettes—a great car, but he says he doesn’t want another one. Austin says he wants to get something from the muscle-car era: either a Chevelle ’68–’70 or the badass ’68 Mustang.
6. #1 in the PWI Top 500 Wrestlers of the Year Twice (1998 and 99)
Austin defined an era in WWE. He was the badass of the Attitude Era. The beer-drinking, anti-authority, trash-talking brawler overtook the persona of wrestlers like Hulk Hogan. Creating history, winning the Royal Rumbles, the “Austin 3:16” at the King of the Ring in 1996 to the sensational Pillman incident at RAW, everything Stone Cold did was simply dripping with attitude. The PWI selected him as the #1 wrestler in 1998 and for the following year in 1999. He was #19 in the PWI Top 500 Wrestlers in the year 2003. Even in his retirement, he still continues to shake the WWE and the fans love him for that. His podcast is still very popular among WWE fans.
5. Stone Cold is in Hollywood
Austin was born on 18 December. He shares the same date of birth with pop sensation Christina Aguilera, WWE Former Women Champion Star Trish Stratus, and Golden Globe winner and very talented Brad Pitt. But Austin himself is a global sensation. With a fan following equal to if not greater than that of Brad Pitt, Stone Cold Steve Austin is a star in Hollywood too. He has taken the lead role in many of Hollywood’s films and guest appearances in others. He is also a television star, hosting, directing, and acting in television programs. Steve Austin has appeared in 10 films and played himself in two of them. No wonder he stuns his fans with his multitalented capabilities.
4. Steve Austin’s Achievements in Wrestling
Steve Austin started his career in WCW nitro from 1991–1995. He won many titles in his four years with WCW. He was the two time WCW United States Heavyweight Champion, WCW World Tag Team Champion with Brian Pillman, and a two time WCW World Television Champion. For a brief period, he joined the ECW but later he joined the WWF as the “Ringmaster.” But that was not the end; the WWF is where Austin rose to stardom. The WWF beer drinking star won the WWF Championship six times, WWF Intercontinental Championship twice, and the WWF Tag Team Championship four times (with Shawn Michaels, Dude Love, The Undertaker, and Triple H). He was also the King of the Ring in 1996. Austin won the Royal Rumble a record three times in 1997, 1998, and 2001. He won the Slammy Award for Freedom of Speech in 1997 and also the Fifth Triple Crown Champion. Austin was inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame in 2009.
3. The Most Memorable Catchphrases in WWE History
This is from a quote he came up with, spontaneously, after a match Austin won against Jake “The Snake” Roberts, who was playing a born-again Christian at the time: “You sit there and you thump your Bible, and you say your prayers, and it didn’t get you anywhere! Talk about your Psalms, talk about John 3:16… Austin 3:16 says I just whipped your ***!” It subsequently became one of the most memorable catchphrases in WWE history and one of the best-selling slogans for T-shirts in WWE merchandise history. Record breaking merchandise sales were made during the “Attitude Era” lead by Stone Cold Steve Austin.
2. $1.2 Million Salary
Austin was a hit in his time. No other wrestler was in the same league. With his merchandise selling hot, his championships titles, and the character that he played in the ring, his salary in 1998 alone was $1.2 million. In early 1997, after coming back from a neck injury, Austin won the WWF championship. As an aggressive rebel for the fans, who defied all authority, especially the infamous owner of the WWF, Vince McMahon, his persistence became legendary. He also produced a country album. You can purchase Stone Cold Country, brand new in the box, for a real steal on the internet.
1. Net Worth: $45 Million
Steve Austin was awarded the Million Dollar Championship by Ted DiBiase. Little did he know that Steve Austin would go on to become the icon that he is. The Million Dollar Champion is now worth $45 million. Austin is a professional wrestler who went on to become an actor, a producer, and a host. He began acting on television with roles on Nash Bridges and Celebrity Deathmatch. However, Austin is best known as a World Champion in the WWE. His merchandise sales broke records and he, together with his boss, made millions from it. As they say, your greatest asset is your earning ability and your greatest resource is your time. For Austin, it’s time well spent.