Stone Cold Steve Austin

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Steve Austin (born Steven James Anderson on December 18, 1964, later Steven James Williams), better known by the ring name Stone Cold Steve Austin, is an American actor, producer, television host and retired professional wrestler.wikipedia
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Attitude Era

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This persona of Austin's became the "poster boy" of the Attitude Era, a boom period in WWF business in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
The Attitude Era marked the rise of many WWF male singles wrestlers, including Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, Mick Foley (in various personas), The Undertaker, Triple H, Kurt Angle and Kane.

Vince McMahon

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Rebranded as "Stone Cold" Steve Austin the following year, he gained significant mainstream popularity as a brazen, vulgar, beer-drinking antihero who routinely defied the establishment and his boss, company chairman Vince McMahon.
McMahon, who for years had downplayed his ownership of the company and was mostly known as a commentator, became involved in WWF storylines as the evil Mr. McMahon, who began a legendary feud with Stone Cold Steve Austin, who challenged the boss's authority.

Royal Rumble (2001)

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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.
The main event was the Royal Rumble match, which Stone Cold Steve Austin won by last eliminating Kane to win the match, making it his third Royal Rumble win.

WrestleMania XIV

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Austin has main evented multiple pay-per-view events for the WWE, including three WrestleManias (XIV, XV and X-Seven).
The main event also saw the start of Stone Cold Steve Austin's first WWF World Heavyweight Championship reign.

WrestleMania XV

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Austin has main evented multiple pay-per-view events for the WWE, including three WrestleManias (XIV, XV and X-Seven).
The main event saw the challenger Stone Cold Steve Austin face The Rock in a No Disqualification match for the WWF Championship.

WWE

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After a brief stint in Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) in late 1995, he signed with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE) as The Ringmaster.
Prior to the Montreal Screwjob, which took place at the 1997 Survivor Series, former WCW talent were being hired by the WWF, including Stone Cold Steve Austin, Mankind, and Vader.

Royal Rumble (1997)

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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.
The main matches on the undercard were the Royal Rumble match, which Stone Cold Steve Austin won after last eliminating Bret Hart, Vader versus The Undertaker, and Hunter Hearst Helmsley versus Goldust for the WWF Intercontinental Championship.

WrestleMania X-Seven

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Austin has main evented multiple pay-per-view events for the WWE, including three WrestleManias (XIV, XV and X-Seven).
The main event was a No Disqualification match between Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock for the WWF Championship.

Royal Rumble (1998)

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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.
The main matches on the undercard were the Royal Rumble match (which Stone Cold Steve Austin won with his final elimination of The Rock, making it his second Royal Rumble win), The Legion Of Doom (Hawk and Animal) versus The New Age Outlaws ("Road Dogg" Jesse James and "Badd Ass" Billy Gunn) for the WWF Tag Team Championship, and "The Rock" Rocky Maivia versus Ken Shamrock for the WWF Intercontinental Championship.

King of the Ring (1996)

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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.
The undercard featured the 1996 King of the Ring tournament, won by Stone Cold Steve Austin.

Triple Crown (professional wrestling)

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Austin held 19 championships throughout his wrestling career, as he is a six-time WWF World Heavyweight Champion, a two-time Intercontinental Champion and a four-time WWF Tag Team Champion—thus making him the fifth Triple Crown Champion in WWE history—while also being a two-time WCW United States Heavyweight Champion, a two-time WCW World Television Champion, a one-time WCW World Tag Team Champion and a one-time NWA World Tag Team Champion in WCW.

Professional wrestling authority figures

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Throughout the rest of 2003 and 2004, he was featured as the Co-General Manager and Sheriff of Raw.
McMahon usually used his power in order to haze his kayfabe nemesis, Stone Cold Steve Austin.

Chris Adams (wrestler)

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Deciding to become a wrestler, Austin joined Chris Adams' school in the Dallas Sportatorium, where Adams also wrestled for World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW).
Adams is known for training wrestlers such as Stone Cold Steve Austin and Scott Hall (Razor Ramon), and for popularizing the superkick finishing move, which would later be used by many other performers.

Professional wrestling championship

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Austin held 19 championships throughout his wrestling career, as he is a six-time WWF World Heavyweight Champion, a two-time Intercontinental Champion and a four-time WWF Tag Team Champion—thus making him the fifth Triple Crown Champion in WWE history—while also being a two-time WCW United States Heavyweight Champion, a two-time WCW World Television Champion, a one-time WCW World Tag Team Champion and a one-time NWA World Tag Team Champion in WCW.
Others (such as Stone Cold Steve Austin's Smoking Skull Belt, Edge's Rated-R Spinner, and Daniel Bryan's eco-friendly belt) were not used after their respective title reign.

WWE Raw

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Throughout the rest of 2003 and 2004, he was featured as the Co-General Manager and Sheriff of Raw.
The April 13, 1998 episode of Raw Is War, which was headlined by a match between Stone Cold Steve Austin and Vince McMahon, marked the first time that WCW had lost the head-to-head Monday night ratings battle in the 84 weeks since 1996.

List of WWE United States Champions

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Austin held 19 championships throughout his wrestling career, as he is a six-time WWF World Heavyweight Champion, a two-time Intercontinental Champion and a four-time WWF Tag Team Champion—thus making him the fifth Triple Crown Champion in WWE history—while also being a two-time WCW United States Heavyweight Champion, a two-time WCW World Television Champion, a one-time WCW World Tag Team Champion and a one-time NWA World Tag Team Champion in WCW.
Only two men, Lex Luger and Rick Rude, have held the championship for a continuous reign of one year (365 days) or more, while the shortest-reigning champion, Steve Austin, held it for five minutes.

Ring name

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Steve Austin (born Steven James Anderson on December 18, 1964, later Steven James Williams), better known by the ring name Stone Cold Steve Austin, is an American actor, producer, television host and retired professional wrestler.
He therefore adopted the name by which he would eventually become famous, Stone Cold Steve Austin or Stunning Steve Austin, which later became his legal name (as Steve Austin, without the "Stone Cold" portion).

Dutch Mantel

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Initially working under his real name, he was named Steve Austin by Memphis booker Dutch Mantell during the merger of World Class and the Continental Wrestling Association (CWA) into the United States Wrestling Association (USWA).
Mantel also is credited with giving Steve Austin his stage surname, since Austin's real name at the time was Steve Williams (which was currently in use in wrestling by "Dr. Death" Steve Williams).

List of WWE pay-per-view and WWE Network events

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Austin has main evented multiple pay-per-view events for the WWE, including three WrestleManias (XIV, XV and X-Seven).

World Class Championship Wrestling

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Deciding to become a wrestler, Austin joined Chris Adams' school in the Dallas Sportatorium, where Adams also wrestled for World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW).
It was said to be among the first mixed tag-team matches in modern wrestling history, and would pave the way for future mixed tag team matches, including one Adams promoted himself six years later involving two of his ex-wives (Jeanie Clark and Toni Adams) and his protégé Steve Austin.

Mikey Whipwreck

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While with ECW, Austin was known as "Superstar" Steve Austin and had a match with The Sandman and feuded with Mikey Whipwreck.
He is also known for innovating the notable three-quarter facelock jawbreaker, which he called Whipper-Snapper and was later used by Stone Cold Steve Austin, who popularized the move by the name Stone Cold Stunner.

Paul Bearer

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Austin later returned to Dallas, managed by Percy Pringle and accompanied by Jeannie Adams (Adams' ex-girlfriend and Austin's girlfriend at the time) and feuded with Adams and his wife Toni.
During this time, he served as manager for numerous wrestlers; he notably managed Rick Rude, "Stunning" Steve Austin, and Mark Calaway in their early careers.

WCW Monday Nitro

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While in ECW, Austin used the platform to develop his future "Stone Cold" persona, as well as a series of vignettes running down WCW in general and Bischoff in particular, most memorably in several promos that mocked his then-status as Nitro host by introducing Monday NyQuil, where he was joined by "Bongo" (a set of drums, meant to represent Steve "Mongo" McMichael) in promoting the show "where the big boys play with each other".
In April 1998, a few weeks after Stone Cold Steve Austin won his first WWF Championship, Raw beat Nitro in the ratings for the first time in almost two years.

William Regal

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At Clash of the Champions XXIV on August 18, Austin and Pillman were scheduled to defend their title against Anderson and Paul Roma, but a legitimate injured Pillman was replaced by Steven Regal, with whom Austin lost to Anderson and Roma.
Regal himself substituted for the injured Brian Pillman to team with Steve Austin in a WCW World Tag Team Championship defence against Arn Anderson and Paul Roma; Regal and Austin lost that match.

Clash of the Champions

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At Clash of the Champions XXIV on August 18, Austin and Pillman were scheduled to defend their title against Anderson and Paul Roma, but a legitimate injured Pillman was replaced by Steven Regal, with whom Austin lost to Anderson and Roma. At Clash of the Champions XXIII on June 16, the Blondes faced Ric Flair and Arn Anderson in a two out of three falls tag team title match and were defeated, but retained the title as one fall had been determined by a disqualification.
Steve Austin won the WCW World Television Championship on June 3, but the match didn't air yet, so Austin was not the champion on this show.