Happy 3:16 day, wrestling fans.
Stone Cold Steve Austin makes his return to Monday Night RAW tonight, on a date that has become synonymous with the man himself.
No one is more deserving of a celebration than the Texas Rattlesnake and today gives us a perfect opportunity to look back on his incredible WWE career.
We’ve picked out five of his most memorable moments from 1996 to 2001 and ranked them in order, counting down to our number one.
So what are you waiting for? Crack open a beer and enjoy five of the most iconic Stone Cold moments.
5) Stone Cold stuns Vince McMahon for the first time – September 1997
What’s not to love about the Texas Rattlesnake stunning Vince McMahon in a ring full of NYPD officers? Absolutely nothing.
After being told that he can’t compete because of injury, Austin tells McMahon to ‘kiss his a**’ before delivering a perfect stunner that leaves his boss shaking in the ring.
He’s then handcuffed and escorted out of the building as his iconic music hits. Epic.
4) Everybody gets a stunner – July 2001
Sensing a common theme here? This time it’s not just Vince who gets a stunner, it’s pretty much everyone standing in the ring.
With Team Alliance beating down Team WWF during the Invasion Storyline, Stone Cold – with two leg braces – returns to even the odds in July 2001.
He makes his way from backstage and storms down to the ring to clean house, delivering SEVEN stunners to fend off WCW and ECW superstars.
3) Stone Cold gives The Corporation a beer bath – March 1999
One of Austin’s most iconic moments came on the RAW before WrestleMania XV in 1999.
He drove a huge Coors Light beer truck into the arena to one of the biggest pops you’ll ever hear, before climbing on top of it and flipping everyone off.
After a back and forth on the mic with The Rock, Stone Cold grabs the hose and gives The Corporation a beer bath.
To wrap it all up, he’s thrown two cans of his own and necks them while standing on top of the truck. What a moment.
2) The Texas Rattlesnake crashes his own funeral – April 1999
After throwing Stone Cold off a bridge, The Rock returned to RAW one week later to host Austin’s funeral.
But he didn’t count on the Rattlesnake crashing his own service… with a MONSTER TRUCK.
Stone Cold destroys The Rock’s new car in the parking lot and then drives into the arena, climbs out and brawls with his rival on the ramp. Hell Yeah.
1) ‘Austin 3:16 says I just whooped your a**’ – June 1996
Did you really expect anything else at number one? Without this famous promo, we wouldn’t have a 3:16 day to celebrate… or perhaps even an Attitude Era.
There’s not really much we need to add, so just sit back and enjoy one of the greatest moments in WWE history.
We’ve picked out five iconic Stone Cold Steve Austin moments but of course, there are plenty more from his incredible career. We just didn’t have time to list them all.
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