WWE Hall Of Famer ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin is regarded as one of the best pro wrestlers to have ever competed inside the squared circle. However, he wasn’t always as successful as Austin made his WWE debut as the Ringmaster. Ric Flair also discussed Steve Austin’s rise to the top recently.

Steve Austin ushered in the Attitude Era and became the face of the company. His feuds with the likes of The Rock, Triple H and more helped define a generation. His feud with Vince McMahonremains one of the greatest of all time as well.

While speaking on his Grilling JR, Jim Ross revealed that Vince McMahon was ribbed mercilessly for the way he sold the stunner.

“He got ribbed unmercifully. I can always say I didn’t take the ugliest Stunner. Hey look, I admire the fact that he did it, and he kind of humbled himself becoming a wrestler to some degree. He became Austin’s nemesis, and the nemesis went beyond normal when you have the president and owner of the company put to get physical and you catch him with your finish. Vince sold the hell out of it. The audience popped big time for it, and you knew we were off to something big because there’s no way that the owner of the company, with this ego and so forth as a heel, is going to – it wasn’t going to be the last time we heard from Vince based on what Austin did to him.


I thought the Stunner was a way to launch the Austin/McMahon scenario because nothing in the Attitude Era, in my view, came close to comparing to that angle, that marriage, that booking. Vince was perfect in that role. I’ve always said Vince and Stephanie were the two best heels in the Attitude Era. They were perfect for those roles, and they had been preparing for those roles in the eyes of the public for a long, long time. They carried their load and did really, really well, and it helped us a lot. Stephanie and Vince were huge assets to the Attitude Era because they had an issue with Austin.”

Steve Austin had a solid match against Kevin Owens at WrestleMania 38. We will have to wait and see when Austin will make his return to WWE television.

H/T to 411 Mania

Subhojeet Mukherjee

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