Former WWE Champion Stone Cold Steve Austin is one of the greatest minds the professional wrestling industry has ever seen.
Austin made his professional wrestling debut back in 1989 before signing with Eric Bischoff's World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in 1991 (WWE's then-biggest competitor at the time). He was released in 1995 and landed a deal with Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) and frontman Paul Heyman, where he learned how to cut a proper promo and laid out the groundwork for the Stone Cold Steve Austin character. After a few months with the company, Austin departed to WWE where he debuted under The Ringmaster gimmick.
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A year later, after winning the 1996 King Of The Ring tournament, Austin dropped his famous 3:16 line for the first time in WWE history, thus sparking the beginning of his incredible run in the business as "The Texas Rattlesnake." Fast forward to today and the now WWE Hall Of Famer has six WWE Championships under his belt, two Intercontinental Title reigns, and three Royal Rumble match wins (1997, 1998, 2001).
Today, Austin hosts his own podcast, The Steve Austin Show, where he offers his thoughts on today's current professional wrestling product. As of late Austin has been singing the praises of New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) star Kenny Omega and believes he has the potential to be 'the guy' in WWE if given the chance.
He recently made a great comparison between Omega and one former WWE Superstar - Brian Pillman (quotes via Wrestling Inc.):
"I think the charisma and what I've seen him do over there in Japan, if you were to unleash that right now at 33 years of age, I think, boom, or as soon as you can get him, the fact that he's such a draw over there in Japan, here I think he translates.
"I just see… he kind of reminds me visually, a little bit, of Brian Pillman, but I don't want to go down that road because he's Kenny Omega, and Brian, man, he was ahead of his time, the way he pushed the gimmick from a [kayfabe perspective],
"I mean, he worked the boys. He worked the whole damn system. He worked Vince [McMahon] at a trade show one time and [Jim] Ross had to smarten Vince up, that he was just working and that's how Brian got noticed. But back to Kenny Omega, I just think the guy's a lightning bolt, hell of a damn talent in the ring.
"When I say green-light, I don't want to beleaguer the point anymore, but when I say green-light, I mean take down all the walls and let the kid go do his thing."
"Austin added, "I think this guy, you turn him loose on a microphone, and I mean unstructured there, let him go do his thing, I just think the kid could be a huge hit in the United States if you turn him loose here in the WWE."
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