Awesome / "Stone Cold" Steve Austin

  • His now legendary "Austin 3:16" promo upon winning the 1996 King of the Ring, forever cementing his place as a future legend.
  • Bret Hart vs. Stone Cold, WrestleMania 13. The end of the match had Hart putting on the Sharpshooter on Austin, and Austin is bloodied and desperately crawling to the ring ropes and passes out in a pool of his own blood. That iconic image would be the start of Austin's Wrestlemania moments of glory.
    • The fans' support for Stone Cold's refusal to tap to the Sharpshooter, despite being a heel, is what would more or less jumpstart his turn to fan favorite and resident badass of the WWF.
    • There's a moment when Austin begins to pull himself up as if he is going to break the Sharpshooter, and the blood really starts to pour down. The fan response is chilling.
  • The match that started the Attitude Era - "Stone Cold" Steve Austin vs. Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania 14.
  • His feud with Vince McMahon, considered to be the greatest rivalry in Professional Wrestling history, was so huge he became The Hero figure of the WWF on top of the biggest name in the business.
    • A standout moment: Austin finally gets to wrestle Vince, in a steel cage no less, at St. Valentine's Day Massacre in 1999. It quickly turns into Stone Cold kicking Vince's ass all over the arena. At one point, Vince is flung from the top of the cage through the Spanish Announce Table, and when Howard Finkel attempts to announce Austin as the winner by forfeit, Austin rightfully points out that the match hadn't actually started yet. Rarely is that level of sadism so awesome.
    Austin: Now, jackass! Jackass, that's you in the black! Is the son of a bitch still breathing? Well, since he is still breathing, if you want me to finish this can of whoop-ass, gimme a hell yeah!
    Memphis: HELL YEAH!!!
  • Any time he gets behind the wheel (a monster truck, beer truck, The Rock's Cadillac, cement mixer) one can expect this. The most awesome is regarded as when he drove a Zamboni up to the ring in Detroit so he can fly over the cops protecting Vince McMahon.
  • A moment that may rival the awesomeness is the beer truck. Austin drives a beer truck to the ring, and cuts a fantastic promo on the Rock while standing on top of the beer truck.
    Austin: For the last few weeks, I come out here, and I sit here and listen to you spin your little nursery rhymes about "Jabroni Avenue" or "Know Your Role Boulevard"; Jesus Christ, son, you better get your ass serious, because Stone Cold Steve Austin is gonna take his ass to Philadelphia, check right in to the Smackdown Hotel, roll right in to room 3:16, and burn that son of a bitch TO THE GROUND!
    • Then, to cap it all off, he gets a hose from the beer truck and floods the Corporation with beer. The crowd was going crazy.
  • His Big Damn Heroes moment on the 4/26/99 edition of Raw as he saved Stephanie McMahon from being part of an unholy wedding ceremony at the hands of The Undertaker's Ministry of Darkness.
    • His even greater Big Damn Heroes moment, Stone Cold returning to his old self in 2001, saving Team WWF from the Alliance, entering to a truly massive pop with Conservation of Ninjutsu in full effect. Check it out here
    • But the best ever Big Damn Heroes moment? Showing up on Raw after a brief absence, to help Mick Foley win his first title over The Rock, and in the process receiving, quite possibly, the loudest crowd reaction in Raw history. It's glorious.
  • The Raw after Survivor Series 2001 was a simultaneous CMOA for Austin and Ric Flair. For Flair, it was his return to the WWF after so many years and becoming business partners with Vince. For Austin, it was his almost effortless Heel–Face Turn one night after leading Team Alliance against Team WWF in the Survivor Series. Turns out that beating the crap out of Dirty Coward Kurt Angle makes turning face real easy. Observe.
  • A championship match on Raw between him and The Undertaker received a 9.1 rating and a 17% audience share, by far the highest rated segment in Monday Night Raw history (yes, even higher than "This is Your Life" note ).
  • Coming out (pardon the pun) in support of gay marriage.
  • His "Superstar" promo from ECW. Basically a worked shoot full of Take Thats directed at Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Dusty Rhodes, Eric Bischoff and WCW in general, it's a powerful and very personal performance. It's also strangely prophetic of Austin's later career.