The promo for The Rock vs Stone Cold Steve Austin at WrestleMania 17 is still the best ever


Eighteen years have passed since iconic wrestlers Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin battled for the WWF Championship title.

If you were lucky enough to witness WrestleMania X-Seven – the event’s 17th instalment - you’ll definitely remember the promo released three days in advance of the headline fight.

You only need to take a look for yourselves to realise why the promo, produced back in 2001, is still considered to be the best ever created for a fight in the history of WWE.

The promo captures all the blood, sweat and tears of the main feud leading into WrestleMania X-Seven, with Stone Cold Steve Austin challenging The Rock for the WWF Championship.

The pair had previously shared a couple of brutal fights at WrestleMania 15 and Backlash in 1999, and were embroiled in some dodgy emotional history away from the ring.

Most of this revolved around Austin’s wife Debra, who was ordered to be The Rock’s manager by WWF boss Vince McMahon - against the wishes of both The Rock and Austin.

And because The Rock never wanted Debra to be his manager in the first place, he refused to assume responsibility for any harm that came to her.

To Stone Cold’s face, Johnson said: "I never asked for Deborah to be my manager, never wanted her to be my manager. The fact of the matter is, she’s not my wife – she’s your wife."

This gave Austin, who was already determined to emerge victorious with the title, extra incentive to destroy his opponent in the ring.

And their fight at WrestleMania 17 ended up just as explosive as the iconic promo promised.

The pair brawled inside and outside the ring, and ended up using each other’s signature moves – the Rock Bottom and the Stunner – at points during the fight.

Stone Cold ended up requesting a steel chair to dispose of The Rock, and hit him 16 times with it before finally pinning him to the canvas.

Let's not forget about a certain Vince McMahon's role in the ending, however...

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