The monumental IYH “It’s Cold!” IC title switch

Hi Scott I'll just quickly get the "cuz you're simply the best/better than all the rest/ better than anyone/anyone i ever met" stuff out of the way…

What was the ORIGINAL plan for the monumental IYH Winnipeg Shawn-Dean-Douglas-Razor switch? Was Shawn going to drop it to Dean? If so, how would they have gotten the title to Goldust?

So many questions…

But what a great show. Billy's haircut and all.
​Shawn was always dropping that title to Dean Douglas, yes.  They had a battle royale on RAW the next week (which I just covered) and Owen won it, but you could just as easily have seen Razor win it and get the title shot instead, which is how I think they would have done the transition if not for stuff happening.  The forfeit just sped up the process by doing the Shawn-Dean-Razor sequence on the night of the show to keep fans happy and put a babyface over.  
Now, [Vince mode] NOTWITHSTANDING THAT [/Vince mode] , what are the chances of Shawn actually doing that job in the ring if he was healthy?  I dunno.  But certainly the plan and belief was that Shawn was dropping the title that night.  

Stone Cold Steve Austin: The Bottom Line Review (Disc 3 and 4)

Stone Cold Steve Austin: The Bottom Line on the Most Popular Superstar of All Time:

Disc
Three – Austin On Top of the Wrestling World
WWF Heavyweight Title: Stone Cold
Steve Austin (c) vs. Dude Love (05/31/98).

Vince McMahon is the referee, Patterson is the ring announcer, and Briscoe is the timekeeper. Surprisingly, Undertaker comes out to make sure there is not any foul play going on. Dude knocks Austin down a few times, as McMahon tries to perform a couple of fast counts. Dude tries to put in the mandible claw, but Austin throws Dude into the ropes where he hangs (similar to how he lost his ear against Vader). They brawl on the outside, where McMahon adds in a no count out stipulation. Austin now cannot retain the belt via count out. Dude throws Austin over the Spanish announce table and proceeds to choke Austin with a cord. Vince McMahon adds in “No DQ” stipulation as a result. On commentary, Jim Ross flips his lid because of this. Austin fights back and sends Dude over the guardrail with a clothesline. Back inside, Austin accidentally crotches himself. Dude hits a baseball slide that sends Austin to the outside. Dude hits a neckbreaker on the floor and Patterson announces that is it now a Falls Count Anywhere match. Ross is pissed! Dude backslides Austin outside for two. Austin fights back with a lariat that almost takes Dude’s head off. Dude backdrops Austin onto one of the cars used as scenery. They make their way onto the roof of the car. Dude counters a Stunner and sends Austin flying off the car. Austin is now busted open. Dude picks up an exhaust pipe, but he softly hits it over the back of Austin’s head. Either Dude thought better of it or Austin wasn’t ready. Austin mounts a little comeback, but Dude reverses a piledriver attempt. Dude hits a suplex and heads up to the roof of the car.


Austin ducks out of the way from an elbow drop, though. They fight back near ringside. Back inside, Patterson trips Austin’s leg, allowing Dude to regain control. Dude takes off the turnbuckle and rams Austin’s bloody head into it. Dude grabs a chair and hits a double-arm DDT on it that picks up a two count. Dude charges Austin with the chair, but Austin gets a foot up. Austin then SMASHES Dude with an exposed chair shot to the head. Austin pins Dude, but Vince does not count and gives him the bird. Jim Ross cries, “Count ‘em, count ‘em!” Dude goes to hit Austin with a chair. Austin ducks, which causes Dude to hit McMahon with the chair. Austin hits the Stunner, but there is no referee. A referee runs in to make the count, but Patterson pulls him out of the ring. Mick sinks in the Mandible Claw and forces Austin’s shoulders down to the mat. Patterson jumps in to count to three, but Undertaker pulls him out and chokeslams him through the announce table. Briscoe tries to make a three count, only to be chokeslammed through the other announce table. Austin tells Dude not to fuck with Da Jesus and hits him with a Stunner. There is no referee, though, so Austin uses McMahon’s hand to count to three @ 24:40. This ferocious brawl immeasurably stacked the deck against the fan favorite champion, causing Austin to become an enormous face-in-peril. Not only did he have to fight the psychotic Dude Love, but he also had to overcome Vince McMahon being a partial referee and his Stooges being near ringside. Come hell or high water, Austin succeeded and gave the heels their comeuppance they deserved. Concisely, they found a creative way to stack the deck against the fan favorite, and then found a creative way for him to overcome the odds. This was epic Attitude Era booking at its best.
Above all, business became rather simple for WWF after this. They realized how effective this template was. So for that reason, they kept stacking the deck against Austin to a point where it seemed impossible for him to overcome. That caused tons of people to pay and see if their idol could vanquish over all the obstacles. **** ½


WWF Heavyweight Title: Steve Austin (c) vs. The Undertaker (08/30/98).

It was rumored that Vince Russo wanted to turn Undertaker on Austin, but he was overruled in favor of a ‘‘babyfaces who do not trust each other’’ story. The build for this was very captivating, especially the “Highway to Hell” video packages. Austin unexpectedly starts off with some technical wrestling. Some miscommunication between the two occurs when Undertaker puts his head down for a back body drop, but he lifts his head up too quickly. This causes his head to crash into Austin’s face. Taker suplexes Austin and then hits him with an elbow drop. Austin still looks dazed from that botched spot. Austin yanks Taker down by his leg and goes outside to smash Taker’s left leg into the ring post. Back in, Taker fights back and hits the flying clothesline. Taker tries to go for Old School, but Austin pulls him off the ropes. Kane slowly walks down to the ring. But whose side is he on!? Austin and Taker trade some blows. The exchange ends when Taker chokeslams Austin. Austin fights back and clotheslines Taker over the top rope. They brawl outside and then make their way into the crowd. Back near ringside, Taker throws Austin into the ring post. Austin tries to mount a comeback inside, but Taker throws him to the outside. Taker places him on the announce table. He hits a leg drop onto Austin all the way from the top-rope. A very sick looking spot.


Taker throws him back in the ring, but he only gets a near-fall out of it. They collide with each other, causing them to both be knocked out. Austin fights back with some rights and then hits a Thesz Press. Taker fights back and locks in a waistlock for whatever reason. Austin counters it with a half-assed Stunner that gets a two. Taker recuperates and hits a chokeslam. He goes for a Tombstone, but Austin wiggles out of it. Austin goes for the Stunner, but Taker blocks it. Taker crotches him and goes for Old School. On his way down, Austin catches him with a boot to the midsection followed by a Stunner. That picks up the win @ 20:30. Given all the hype, this was a disappointment. Both wrestlers shoehorned some technical moves into this, and they extracted some of the buzz out of the building in the midst of doing them. Their chemistry was also not all that sharp, resulting in some awkward moments and blown spots. This would have been better if it was just one of those wild and crazy Attitude Era slugfests. However, this did have an enormous vibe to it. It was one of those monumental showdowns that only happen once in a blue moon. With that in mind, I will be generous by calling it just barely above-average, but this should have been a lot better. ***

Steve Austin vs. The Big Show (w/Vince McMahon – 3/22/99)

Rock is on commentary, which is always fun. Mankind is the special guest referee. Show methodically dominates early on. Austin fights back, but Big Show catches him in a bear hug. Austin breaks out of the hold with some rights. Austin ducks a few clotheslines and then hits a Thesz Press. Austin tries to pin Big Show, but he kicks out with authority. Austin is done playing games, so he grabs a chair and whacks Big Show with it several of times. Rock tries to interfere, but Austin hits him with the chair too. Austin finishes Big Show off with a Stunner @ 10:34. I do not understand why this was on here. It was a rather bland David vs. Goliath story and had no historical importance. * ¼



WWF Heavyweight Title, No DQ: The Rock (c) vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin (3/28/99)

Jim Ross figuratively tells Michael Cole to take a hike and replaces him on commentary. Vince McMahon comes out as the special guest referee, but Commissioner Shawn Michaels sends him packing. Rock and Austin talk trash to each other and then trade right hands. The brawl breaks out into the crowd. They fight up to the staging area, where Austin tosses Rock into the railing. Austin goes for a piledriver, but Rock backdrops him into the lighting track. Austin fights back by hitting him where the sun doesn’t shine. Austin strangles him with an extension cord and tosses Rock into the Wrestlemania sign. They fight back down to the arena. Rock picks up a bottle of water and spits in Austin’s face. Austin fights back and picks him up and drops him on the Spanish announce table. He jumps on Rock with an elbow, causing the table to collapse. Austin spits some water in Rock’s face. A spit-for-a-spit. Back in, Rock hits a Rock Bottom out of nowhere, but it only picks up a two-count. Rock finds a chair and brings it in the ring. He goes to hit Austin with it, but Austin takes it from his hands. Rock ducks a chair shot, causing the chair to hit the referee.

Rock picks up the chair and rocks Austin with it. Tim White comes out to make the pinfall, but Austin kicks out at two. Rock hits a Samoan Drop, but Austin kicks out again. The Rock thinks Tim White is not counting fast enough, so he gives him a Rock Bottom for his troubles. As the Rock turns around, Austin hits him with a Stunner. Earl Hebner runs out to make the count, but Rock kicks out at two. McMahon distracts Austin, allowing Rock to blindside him. McMahon attacks Hebner, and both McMahon and Rock stomp on Austin. Mankind hits the ring to attack McMahon and to replace Hebner as the referee. Austin rolls Rock up, but only gets a two. Austin hits the Thesz Press. Rock hits another Rock Bottom out of nowhere. Rock goes for the People’s Elbow, but he misses. Austin gets back up and hits a Stunner that ends this one. New Champion @ 16:50. Wow, Russo’s fingerprints were all over this. Because of how successful Survivor Series 1998 was, McMahon gave Russo more control. To no surprise, the booking started to mar matches instead of enhancing them. Henceforth why WWF ’99 was one of the company’s weakest years when it came to an in-ring product. The story that surrounded this played out decently, but some matches are better off left alone. I vehemently believe Rock vs. Austin is one of them, but Russo, you know, never believed people watched wrestling for the wrestling. Fortunately, though, Austin and Rock were perfect foils to one another and their chemistry was dynamite. So, this was still very good. *** ½



WWF Heavyweight Title, No DQ: The Rock (c) vs. Steve Austin (04/01/01).

Granted, Austin’s heel turn did not work out in the end for a variety of reasons, but what happened in the aftermath does not change a thing about how outstanding the rising action leading up to their encounter was. After being hit by a car, Stone Cold was just not the same ass-kicker that he had been before the accident. This was clearly communicated when failed to put Triple H away once and for all in a losing effort at No Way Out. Austin’s heel turn came as a total shock to many, but with the benefit of hindsight, the WWF writing staff brilliantly left a trail of breadcrumbs for anybody who had paid close attention. In a sound bite that was replayed repeatedly in promos leading up to the match, Austin told the champion “I need to beat you, Rock. I need it more than anything.” What seemed like traditional fare for a pre-match build took on new meaning after the match. Austin knew he lacked the killer instinct he once had, but he desperately wanted to become champion, so he sold his soul to the devil himself… Mr. McMahon. 

Austin receives a nuclear pop from the Texas audience, while Rock receives a 50-50 one at best. Not wasting any time, Austin hits a Thesz Press followed by some right hands. Rock goes for a Rock Bottom, but Austin fights out of it. Austin goes for a Stunner, but Rock gets out of it. They start to brawl and it breaks out into the crowd. Back in, Austin hits a superplex for two. Austin tears off the turnbuckle, foreshadowing his heel turn. Rock fights back and hits a clothesline. He follows up with a belly-to-belly suplex that picks up a two count. Austin battles back and hits a neckbreaker that picks up a two. Austin stomps a mud hole in Rock. Austin takes his eyes off Rock, though, which allows Rock to hit him with a clothesline. Austin goes to the outside and Rock follows him. Rock goes behind Austin, who turns around and clocks him with the ringbell. Back in, Austin delivers a neckbreaker that picks up two. He throws Rock into the corner and stomps a mud hole into him. Rock recovers and drills Austin with a clothesline (These two prove that it is not what moves you do or bumps you take. It is all about how you do them. They execute practically every move charismatically and with so much exuberance, and they make bumps look vicious).

They trade some blows, ending with Rock throwing Austin into the exposed turnbuckle. Austin is now bleeding. Outside, they slug it out. Austin gets the better of the Rock by propelling him right into the turnbuckle. The Rock sells it like a million bucks. Austin hits Rock with a monitor and sends Rock back in the ring. He tries to pin him, but he can only pick up a two. Austin sets Rock up for the Stunner, but he insists on giving the Rock two middle fingers. This allows the Rock to take him down and lock in the Sharpshooter. I would have thought someone would’ve taught him how to do that move by now. Anyway, this ends up being a playback spot to Austin/Hart, as Austin covered in blood screams in agony from the hold. This time, however, Austin manages to fight out of the hold. Back on their feet, Rock goes for a Stunner, but Austin dishes out some comeuppance by putting Rock in the Sharpshooter. Rock powers out, though. Austin locks in the Cobra Clutch, but Rock pushes his feet off the ropes right into a pinning attempt that gets two (a playback spot to the finish of Austin vs. Hart Survivor Series ’96). Rock still has not recovered from the beating, so Austin continues to work him over. All of a sudden, Rock hits Austin with his own finishing move, but Austin kicks out! Vince McMahon starts to walk towards ringside. Rock hits a spinebuster and the People’s Elbow. McMahon pulls Rock off Austin before a count of three, though. Rock chases McMahon all around ringside. McMahon runs into the ring, and Rock runs into a Rock Bottom from Austin. Rock kicks out, though. Austin goes to hit the Rock, but he hits the referee instead. Austin hits Rock with a low blow.

Austin holds The Rock, allowing McMahon to smash a chair over his head. McMahon throws the referee into the ring. He starts to count, but Rock kicks out just in time. Austin attempts to smash a chair right over Rock’s head, but Rock counters it with a Rock Bottom. McMahon goes up to the apron to distract the referee. The Rock pulls McMahon into the ring and lays the smackdown on him. The Rock turns right into a Stunner, but he kicks out just in time! Austin’s facial expressions describe just how in disbelief he is. Austin smashes Rock with a thunderous chair shot. Austin keeps hitting the Rock again and again with the chair. He is then finally able to beat the Rock @ 28:01. Afterwards, Vince McMahon and Austin shake hands and drink beer as Jim Ross flips his lid on commentary. This had unparalleled vehemence, drama, psychology, and storytelling. Every spot they did had a heavy dose of electricity and snap behind it, and it was structured and paced in a manner where every spot was significant. They sold moves, moments, and exhaustion like champions, and bumped around like pinball machines. When you add up the fact that these were the two were at their apex, the fact that the atmosphere was off the charts, the fact that one of the greatest announce teams called it, the fact that both wrestler did a fabulous job of selling the notion of how much they wanted to win, and the fact that there was months and months of foreshadowing that led to the huge swerve – this was easily one of the greatest matches ever. *****

Final Verdict on Disc Three: Aside from the Big Show match, this disc totally makes perfect sense . A big thumbs up.

Blue Ray Extras:

WWF Heavyweight Title: Steve Austin (c) vs. The Undertaker (w/Paul Bearer) vs. Triple H (w/Chyna) (5.16.99)


They all brawl down the aisle. Austin manages to fight off both Undertaker and HHH. They keep brawling all over the place until they go back near the ring. Austin tries to piledrive Undertaker, but he backdrops him on the floor. Hunter grabs a chair, but Earl Hebner takes it away from him. Austin picks up the chair and smashes it over HHH and Undertaker’s heads. Back in, the heels regain control. Taker and HHH argue over who is going to beat up Austin. Paul Bearer and Chyna argue outside as well. Strangely, Helmsley and Austin work together to eliminate the Undertaker. Vintage Russo! HHH turns on Austin and tries to pin him, but Taker pulls him off. Taker goes for a Tombstone on Austin, but Helmsley saves Austin. HHH tries to hit a Pedigree on Austin, but Austin shoots HHH right into a chokeslam. 

Austin hits a Stunner on Taker, but HHH makes the save. Stone Cold hits a Stunner on HHH. All of a sudden, the whole Corporate Ministry runs down to the ring and beat up Austin. A bunch random babyface wrestlers come in to make the save, though. In the midst of chaos, HHH holds Austin to let China hit him, but Austin ends up giving her a Stunner. Austin then gives HHH a Stunner and picks up the victory @ 24:58. Afterwards, Stone Cold stuns Shane McMahon. X-Pac then gives Shane and Chyna the Bronco Buster. For the most part, all three wrestlers phoned it in, and nothing is duller than a phoned-in match consisting of mostly kicks and punches. Undertaker and HHH’s beatdowns on Austin were plodding and seemingly endless, too. Bleh. **

WWF Title Match: Kurt Angle © vs. Steve Austin (10.08.01)
Debra walks out, but William Regal comes out and pulls her by the ear to the back. Regal comes down and takes a seat at ringside. This starts off as an intense back-and-forth brawl. Angle gains the advantage of the exchange. Austin comes back with a Thesz Press. Angle retaliates by hitting one of his own. Angle goes for a Stunner, but Austin blocks it. Angle locks in the Ankle Lock, but Austin escapes it and bails to the outside. Back in, Austin goes to work on Angle’s leg. Austin goes for a Stunner, but Angle counters it with a backslide. That picks up a two. Austin hits a sunset flip, but Angle sits down on him and starts punching him. Austin mounts a comeback. On the outside, he tries to piledrive Angle onto exposed concrete, but Angle counters with a backbody drop. Back in, Austin fights back and hits a spinebuster. He locks in a Boston Crab, but Angle is able to make it to the ropes. Austin misses a Bossman Straddle, but Angle gets out of the way. Angle fights back with some clotheslines. He hits a belly-to-belly suplex and then some rolling German suxplexes. Angle goes for his third German, but Austin lowblows him while the referee is not looking. 

Austin goes for the Stunner, but Angle counters it. Angle goes for the Angle Slam, but Austin counters it and pushes him right into the referee. Austin grabs his title and brings it in the ring. Regal jumps in the ring and takes the belt away from him. Regal ends up smashing Angle with the title! Regal throws the referee back in the ring to make the cover, but Angle kicks out just in time. Austin throws a hissy fit. Austin picks Angle up and delivers a Stunner that ends it @ 23:30 Phew. This had some accelerating back-and-forth action. Both wrestlers also added more fortitude to all of their spots than usual, which emphasized just how imperative winning was for the both of them. They developed some great chemistry together, which helped the counter-for-counter sequences to be on-point and executed at a blistering pace. And, they really sent the crowd into a frenzy down the stretch by doing a great job of selling the drama; especially Austin, who had some penetrating body language and urgency during the go-home stretch. One of the best Raw matches ever. **** ¼



WWF Heavyweight Title, No DQ Triple Threat: Steve Austin vs. Kurt Angle vs. Rob Van Dam (10.21.01)

RVD and Austin argue, allowing Angle to German Suplex the both of them. They both regain the advantage and stomp on Angle. Both RVD and Austin have a stare down, but Angle attacks RVD from behind. Austin attacks both Angle and RVD, which kills the suspense for the Austin/RVD showdown. He goes for the Stunner, but Angle reverses to the Anklelock. RVD breaks the hold with a dropkick. Austin throws Angle to the outside and attacks Van Dam’s leg. Austin locks in a STF on RVD, but Angle breaks it up. Angle and Austin brawl out to the floor. RVD hits a rolling plancha from the top on both of them. Back in, Angle hits RVD with a Capture Suplex and hits a top-rope moonsault. Austin picks up Angle for a Stunner, but Angle counters it. Angle goes for a Stunner of his own, but Austin blocks it as well. They both clothesline each other. RVD goes for the Five-Star Frogsplash. But whose side is he on!? Both wrestlers move out of the way, so we don’t know who he was trying to hit. Austin hits Angle with Stunner. RVD attacks Austin and then hits the split-legged moonsault. Angle breaks up the pin and hits the Angleslam on RVD.
Outside, Angle and Austin brawl. Austin goes for the piledriver on the announce table, but Angle backdrops him. Vince McMahon makes his way down ringside. Back in, Angle punches a mudhole in RVD, but he runs into a spinning heel kick. Van Dam goes to the top, but Angle runs up and superplexes him off. Austin sneaks back in and gives Angle a Stunner that sends him to the floor. Austin sets up RVD up for the Stunner, Vince nails Austin in the back of the head with a chair. That allows RVD to hit the Five-Star Frogsplash, but Angle makes the save! Kurt delivers some Rolling Germans and the Angleslam on Angle. Shane McMahon makes the save, but Vince clobbers him. Austin pulls RVD up and finishes him off with the Stunner @ 15:30. I thought they mishandled the RVD and Austin trappings. They had their  stare down spot and the crowd was just eagerly anticipating them to slug it out. Smartly, they had Angle attack RVD from behind to build the tension and anticipation for the RVD/Austin showdown. However, Austin abruptly started to stomp on RVD while he was down. It was very anti-climactic, to say in the least. It also was transparent that the crowd was disappointed, as the arena went silent for a moment. In sum, they should have kept building the moment where they fight each other up to a prodigious crescendo. Fortunately, this was up-tempo and had some creative three-way spots, prompting the crowd to become reinvested into the action. More importantly, this felt like a triple threat match, in contrast to one of those so-called triple threats, wherein they switch off on what two wrestlers wrestle inside the ring while the other wrestler is outside selling as if a gun shot him. *** 1/2

One Last Time: The Rock vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin (3.30.03)

This starts off as a slugest. Austin wins the exchange. He goes for Stunner, but Rock fights it out and bails. Outside, Austin picks up the Rock and drops him on the railing and then he throws him into the stairs. In the ring, Austin hits a backdrop suplex for two. Austin follows up with a lariat and chokes Rock with the ropes. Rock fights back and clips Austin’s knee. The Rock keeps going after Austin’s knee. Austin tries to fight back, but Rock whiplashes his neck into the mat. Rock locks in for the Sharpshooter, but Austin manages to make it to the ropes. Rock viciously smashes Austin’s knee into the post. He mocks Stone Cold by putting on his vest. They both go for a clothesline, which takes both of them out. Austin hits the Thesz Press and then elbows Rock in the face. Austin hits a Rock Bottom on Rock that gets a two. Austin goes for the Stunner, but Rock blocks it. 


Rock hits the Stunner on Austin, but Austin kicks out. Austin blocks one of Rock’s punches and hits a Stunner that picks up a near-fall. Rock nails Austin with a lowblow, but he misses the People’s Elbow. Austin goes for another Stunner, but the Rock hits a spinebuster. He hits People’s Elbow, but Austin kicks out. Rock hits a Rock Bottom that picks up only a two. He hits another one, but it only picks up a two. Finally, a third Rock Bottom in a row picks up the win @ 17:53. The best analogy I can come up with to describe this is it is like going to see a Rolling Stones concert in 2014. Surely, they are not as good as they once were, but that does not change the fact that they are the Rolling Stones. I could also look past the fact this is mostly an amalgamation of kick outs from finishers, because Austin was in no condition to wrestle this match, yet he did for the sake of the fans and business. And he deserves a lot of commendation for doing that. *** ½

Final Verdict on the Blu-Ray Matches: People can say what they want about Austin’s heel turn, and I’d probably agree with most of their views on it. There is no denying, though, that Austin’s ring-work then was at its highest point post-neck injury. Unfortunately, however, some of Austin’s greatest work in ’01 is missing because of the Chris Benoit debacle. He had a few great bouts with Benoit on Raw and Smackdown, and a Raw tag match (Triple H/Austin vs. Jericho/Benoit) that was incredible. Also, I think they could have substituted the Austin/Undertaker/HHH match with either Austin/HHH from No Mercy ’99 or their classical 3 stages of hell brawl at No Way Out ’01. Nit-picking aside, this was another great disc.

The Special Extras: Austin was just as good when it came to portraying a gimmick or talking on the microphone as he was wrestling. There is no question about it: the Stone Cold Steve Austin gimmick is one of the best gimmicks ever, if not the greatest. No gimmick/wrestler revolutionized the business more than that gimmick since Hulk Hogan. It came a good time too, as the fans were becoming sick and tired of the cartoonish content and the invincible, goody-goody gimmicks. They wanted something more suitable for the times, because WWF and WCW were stuck in the rear-view mirror in the early 90s. 

Austin had to work hard for his spot. He was constantly mistreated in WCW. Even though many of the boys saw his talent, the higher-ups just did not want to acknowledge it. Although, no matter how poorly he was being utilized, Austin always gave his utmost effort to make everything he did worthwhile. He was hungry, driven, and determined to be on top of the world. With his mind completely invested in pursuing his goal, he ended up accomplishing exactly what he wanted to do.


The extras are awesome, because they show how much range Austin had as a performer. He wasn’t just the Rattlesnake. He portrayed a variety of different personas, and performed them all with tons of believability .


Final Verdict: This does an exceptional job of summing up Austin’s unparalleled career in a condensed amount of time. When you add up all the intangibles that make a wrestler be considered as one of the all-time greats – popularity, marketability, influence, longevity, charisma, work rate, promo skills, and so on – Austin has to be at the top of the list, if the greatest of all time. Two thumbs way up.

A special thanks to Extant1979 for taking the time to look over this entire review for me.

Stone Cold Steve Austin: The Bottom Line Review (Disc 1 and 2)

I had this DVD
shipped to me free of charge (yay me!). I was rather enthusiastic about it,
because I have only seen the documentary. When I find
the time, the next DVD I will review is either CM Punk or Bret Hart, depending
on which one arrives here first.


Stone Cold Steve Austin:
The Bottom Line on the Most Popular Superstar of All Time 
Disc One – Documentary
This documentary is
articulated generally through Steve Austin’s point of view, and it is a
comprehensive look at his entire career. Austin augments in some interesting
and distinctive insights of his greatest and poorest moments. The others who
were involved provided a fine effort as well. They all supplement their
assessments on specific moments in Austin’s journey, which makes the DVD feel
more balanced. Austin pulls no punches, as he tells stories exactly
how he witnessed it (although he is less angry towards with those who
mistreated him this time around). 
It is, however,
still visible that he has a lot of passion for the business, as
his emotions come forth when he talks about moments in
his career. I personally appreciated the early parts of the DVD more
than anything else. That is because I was not fully educated on all of small
details from that era, thus I found the backstories from that time more
interesting.
There is no question
about it: WWE know how to impressively format and edit their documentaries, but
this one just exceeds essentially every documentary they have ever produced.
That is merely because of Austin’s capabilities to narrate his
journey in an exhaustive manner.
Disc Two—USWA, WCW, and WWF
These are all handpicked
from Stone Cold Steve Austin. Three of them include alternative commentary done
by Jim Ross.
Chris Adams vs. Steve
Austin (w/Jeannie – 5/90)
This is from USWA.
Austin was frustrated with Adams holding him back, so he turned on him. To add
insult to injury, Austin stole his wife. Even though it is tempting, I’ll take
the high road by skipping over a Chris Benoit joke. Adams attacks Austin from
behind, although Austin powers him and puts a beat down on him. Adams fights
back with a superkick. He goes for a suplex, but Jeannie grabs his legs. That
drops Austin on top for the win @ 4:25. Afterwards,
Jeannie sprays her hairspray in Adams eyes. They try to beat him down, but
Adams fights back and then chases them off. Not much to say about this
one. * 
Sting & Ricky
Steamboat vs. Ric Flair & Steve Austin (w/Sensuous Sherri – 07/30/94).
Flair and Steamboat
start this off. Ricky smacks and tosses him around. Sting comes in and beats
Flair up some more. Outside, Flair cowardly hides behind Sherri. Sting doesn’t
want to hit a woman, and that allows Flair to rake his eyes. Flair was just the
best at portraying a coward. Back in, Austin and Sting are now
the legal men. Sting tosses Austin around and locks in an armbar. Steamboat
tags in and hits Austin with a crossbody off the top. Everyone jumps in the
ring, forcing the referee to establish some law and order. Back from
commercial, Austin hits Steamboat with the Stunner to get out of a chinlock,
although it’s not even a signature move yet. Steamboat blocks a hiptoss into a
backslide. He cannot fully execute it, though, so he pushes off the turnbuckles
to flip back over Austin. He gives Austin a superplex for a two count. Sting
receives a tag and goes up to the top splash, but Austin gets his knees up.
Flair tags in and hits a suplex, but Sting is a no-selling bastard. 
Sting grabs Flair in
an inside cradle that picks up a two. Flair retreats and heads to the floor to
regroup. Back in, Sting ducks a double-team clothesline and comes back with one
of his own. Austin tries to pick up a quick win with a few rollups, but Sting
gives Austin a press slam. He goes for another, but Austin gives him a low blow
behind the referee’s back. Flair comes in and tosses Sting over the top.
Sherri puts a beat down on him outside. Back from commercial, Flair and Austin
work over Sting. Austin tries a forearm smash off the second rope, but Sting
gets his knees up. Sting makes the hot-tag to Steamboat. He hits both Austin
and Flair with a ton of chops. Austin catches him with a back body drop and
kicks him in the mouth.
Austin locks in
abdominal stretch and cheats by grabbing the ropes. Flair comes in and corners
Steamboat with some right hands and chops. Steamboat attempts to squirm out of
the heel corner to make the tag to Sting, but Austin cuts off the tag just in
time. It was a smart time to do a false tag. Austin locks in a chinlock.
Steamboat fights out and hits a chop that sends him to the floor. Sting comes
in the ring and goes crazy on Flair. He hits a Stinger Splash and then locks in
the Scorpion Deathlock, but neither man is legal. Sherri jumps on Sting from
the top to break up the hold. Sting catches her and tosses her on top of Flair.
Elsewhere in the ring, Austin rolls Sting up with a handful of tights for the
win @ 23:40. This awesome match had wall-to-wall action throughout.
They worked from the base and built this akin to a pyramid. They did this
by putting the correct layers conjointly in place until it reaches
its crescendo, with most of it being built on the crowd’s
reactions. Kindred to most critically acclaimed matches, the
wrestlers brought the fans on a dramatic roller coaster excursion.
What honestly made the old WCW tag matches a cut above the rest was that they
would build to a variety of sub-climaxes. In simpler terms, the action
didn’t repeatedly build without any letup; they knew when to turn
up the action and when to turn it back down. **** 1/4
King of the Ring
Finals: Steve Austin vs. Jake Roberts (06/23/96).
Stone Cold had to go
to the hospital to get his lip stitched from his semifinal match with Marc
Mero. Austin never had the best of luck wrestling Mero. Soon after this, they
worked together again and the arena’s lights went out. Meanwhile, Roberts was
still selling his internal injuries not from drinking, but instead because of
Vader. Austin attacks Jake’s ribs with no mercy. Gorilla Monsoon threatens to
stop this for Jake’s health. Jake waves him off and then sucker punches Austin.
Jake goes for the DDT, but Austin throws him into the corner. He proceeds to
ram his ribs into the corner repeatedly. Austin picks him up and hits the Stunner @
4:30
. The purpose was to get Austin over as a callous son of a bitch, and
this was rather successful in doing so. From a workrate perspective, this
wasn’t very good, and that was mostly a result of Jake being past his prime.
His reaction time was delayed, especially when it came to selling
some of Austin’s offense. The most important part of this whole
thing occurred afterwards, though. Austin cut his famous improvised
promo that commenced the 3:16 era. 
It is one of the greatest promos ever,
as everything he said was heartfelt, assertive and defiant.
Needless to say, this would not have come across as realistic if a writer
composed it for him. * for the match, ***** for the promo.
Submission Match: Bret
Hart vs. Steve Austin (03/23/97).
These two were both
incredibly gifted wrestlers that just clicked with each other. On an otherwise
uninspiring WrestleMania card, both of these ring magicians defined the
suspension of disbelief. This had nuclear heat, giving off a notion that
they sincerely wanted to annihilate each other. Right off the bat, this turns into
a vehement brawl. Bret hits Austin with a swinging neckbreaker.
Bret tries to lock in the Sharpshooter, but Austin fights it off and gets back
on his feet. Austin hits Bret with a Stone Cold Stunner. Austin cannot
capitalize, though, so Bret kicks him in the leg and then debuts the Ringpost
Figure-Four Lock. Bret goes to work on Austin’s leg, although Austin fights
back and crushes Bret with a chair shot. Austin hits a suplex and then hits the
Vertical Flying Elbow. Austin hits a Russian legsweep and then locks in the
Koji Clutch. Bret tries to fight out, causing Austin to lock in a Boston Crab
instead. Bret makes it to the ropes, though. Austin tries to lock in the
Sharpshooter, but Bret rakes his eyes. Bret tries to mount a comeback, but
Austin tosses him to the outside.
Outside, Bret reverses
an Irish whip and it sends Austin over the timekeeper’s table. Austin is
bleeding from hitting his head on the guardrail. Bret smashes his face off
everything around ringside, causing Austin to bleed like a stuck pig. Back
inside, Bret hits a backbreaker and then the Vertical Elbow drop. He grabs
a chair and goes to work on Austin’s knee. Hart tries to lock in the
Sharpshooter, but Austin kicks him in the nuts. Austin starts stomping a
mudhole into Hart. He hits a superplex and then goes outside to grab an
extension cord from ringside. He tries to lynch Bret on the apron, but Bret
knocks Austin in the face with the ringbell. Awesome, stiff spot that came out
of nowhere. Bret locks in the Sharpshooter. Austin will not quit, though, but
he ends up passing out because of the pain @ 22:05. Afterwards,
Hart keeps attacking Austin, causing Shamrock to pick Bret up and slam him to
get him to stop. This had everything you could want in brawl:
intensity, abhorrence, psychology, storytelling, color, conceivable selling,
facial expressions that help articulate the narrative, an incredible
atmosphere, and some truly elegant booking. They pulled off exactly
what McMahon wanted them to do: a double-turn. Hart turned into a narcissist
heel that only was concerned about winning, and Austin turned into a
venerated babyface.  
Even though Austin wasn’t a conventional babyface,
this ended up revealing some of his inner face-like qualities,
like his resiliency and perseverance. The finish exemplified
those two exact things, since he refused to tap out to the Sharpshooter,
causing him to pass out from the pain. This was significant, historic, and just flat-out tremendous. I cannot
think of a match that was better than this one in WWE’s history. *****
Intercontinental Title:
Steve Austin vs. The Rock (w/the Nation – 12/06/97).
Austin drives in with
his black 3:16 truck. He jumps off and lands right on Rock. The Nation jumps in
ring and tries to put a beatdown on him, but Austin fights them all off. D-Lo
takes a backdrop on the windshield of the truck and then takes a Stunner on the
top. The bell finally rings. Austin hits the Thesz Press and starts punching
Rocky in the face. Rock fights back and sends Austin to the floor. Kama tries
to hit Austin with a chair shot, but he ends up knocking Faarooq out cold with
it. Rock hits Austin with a low blow when the referee was distracted. The
Rock hits the People’s Elbow, but it only gets a two. He goes for it again, but
Austin avoids it. Austin goes for the Stunner, but Kama jumps on the apron. He
goes to attack him, but the referee stops him. Austin ends up giving the
referee a Stunner. Rock grabs some brass knuckles, but is met with a Stunner. A
new referee comes in and counts to three. Austin retains the IC championship @
5:34. This was a brief illustration of things to come in WWF’s main event
scene: a lot of all over the arena bar-fight brawling, although a complete lack
of application of the rules, with kudos to Vince Russo.** ½
WWF Heavyweight Title:
Shawn Michaels (w/DX) vs. Steve Austin (3/29/98).
This reminds me of Miz
vs. John Cena from Wrestlemania 27, because everyone was more concern about
what would happen with Tyson and Austin. And that ended up causing Shawn
Michaels’ and Austin’s saga to take a back seat. Obviously, HBK desperately
needed surgery and time off to repair his back due to the bump he took on the
casket when he was working with Undertaker. Rumor has it that he still did not
want to job to Austin, but Undertaker sat him down and told him that he had to
do what was right for business. Take it for what it’s worth. Austin pulls down
HBK’s tights, exposing his buttocks to the crowd. I bet that is HBK’s favorite spot.
Austin backdrops Shawn right on DX. Outside, Hunter tosses Austin into the
barricade, although that gets Hunter and Chyna thrown out from ringside. Back
in, Austin goes for a Stunner, but Shawn ducks to the apron and is knocked face
first into the announce table. Ouch. 
They brawl outside,
where Shawn takes over. He beats Austin down and then taunts the crowd. The
pace slows down when Shawn works over Austin’s knee. HBK locks in the
figure-four. Austin fights out and shoots Michaels into the buckle for a
nearfall. HBK puts in a sleeper, but Austin backs him right into the referee.
Austin stomps a mudhole into HBK’s chest. Shawn fights back with a
“flying” forearm. That sets up Sweet Chin Music, but Austin catches
Shawn’s boot and goes for the Stunner. Shawn counters and goes for another
attempt at Sweet Chin Music. Austin spins him around and gives him the Stunner.
There is no referee, though, so Tyson jumps in and makes a quick three
count @ 20:01.  I’d assume Tyson was just a bit overzealous
and that’s why he did a fast count. It’s surprising to me that not many people
bring up the fast count, though. Afterwards, HBK shoves Tyson, who retaliates
by delivering a knockout punch. Both Tyson and Austin celebrate. There is
nothing wrong with this. It had solid pacing and timing throughout, although it
was disappointing due to the amount of talent they both had. They
honestly could have wrestled a better match in their sleep if HBK was
healthy. After all, their contest at King of the Ring ’97 was better, in spite
of having minimal build. The counter-for-counter ending was a gut-wrenching
sequence, though. *** ¼
Final Verdict on Disc
2: 
This was a very good
disc, although I believe some
of his significant work was missing. He noted that he was able to handpick
everything, even if they were on other DVDs. With that in mind, where is the
Austin/Pillman vs. Ricky Steamboat/Shane Douglas contest that displayed the
Hollywood Blondes as a dynamic and cohesive tag team? Where is one of the
Steamboat ones that proved he could hang with one the greatest in-ring workers
ever without missing a beat? And where is his outing with Bret Hart from
Survivor Series ’96 that displayed how impeccably scientific and mechanical he
was at his peak? I fully understand that all these matches were important to
him, but I just wish that at least one of those were on this disc, if not all
of them.
Although, there is no
question that there was some great content on this disc. From his big win over
the icon Sting, to his five-star brawl with Bret Hart that ended up redefining
the business, all the way to his world title win that propelled him as the biggest
commodity in wrestling since Hulk Hogan. And there is more to come. Disc 3 is
all about Austin’s career on top of the wrestling world.

Heel Stone Cold Steve Austin Circa 2001


Scott-

Just watched a video from RAW, April 2001 where Stone Cold was battling The Rock in the steel cage. At some point during the match, because Austin is now aligned with Mr. McMahon, HHH comes down and helps beat down the Rock.

If my memory serves me, this Austin heel turn was very unpopular, especially after they spent all that time building him up. Was there a long term plan with this story line, or was Vice just seeing what the fans would ultimately tolerate, and thus turning Austin back to a face just a few short months later?

Thanks.

​That cage match should have been the babyface turn that made HHH into a main event superhero.  People were READY for the HHH/Rock alliance to oppose Austin and instead we got the opposite.  That may have been the downfall of the entire Attitude Era in that one match, in fact.

Anyway, yes, there was definitely a long-term plan, which was heel Austin putting over babyface HHH at Wrestlemania 18 to cap off the insanely successful Invasion storyline that would see WCW spun off into its own revived TV show and touring company.  Clearly, things did not go according to plan.  They honestly thought that Austin's heel turn was going to be a thing that worked and that fans would somehow accept it and it would freshen up his character, which of course everyone beforehand was calling as totally ridiculous before it even happened.

RF Video Shoot Interview with Too Cold Scorpio

This interview was filmed on 10/17/04, shortly after an independent show in Philadelphia, PA. It lasted for one hour and twenty-three minutes.


Too Cold is asked if he was a fan of wrestling growing up. He said that he was and watched wrestling in Texas while growing up then the AWA when he moved to Colorado. He said that his first love was football though.

He got into wrestling in 1984. He was at home smoking weed when he ran into the building mnager of his apartment, who told him that he was a pro wrestler. Scorpio didnt believe him, describing him as a 185lbs soaking wet with a brick in his pocket. One day, he claimed that he got “high and drunk” enough to go down and check him out. He went to a house that had a ring in the backyard and he got in and did some flips. From there, he got into wrestling.

Scorpio broke in with two guys, “Magic” Michael Starr and Jeff Gold, and they would watch moves that they saw on TV and perform them on each other inside of the apartment buildings that they were supposed to be working on or would wrestle on the grass.

The first promotion he worked for was Rocky Mountain Wrestling. Scorpio said that he also drove the ring truck and would help set it up too. He would make between $20-30 per show. He said that Colonel DeBeers and Buddy Rose took him under their wing and taught him how to do things right in the ring.

After working for a while in Colorado, he went over to the dojo in New Japan. He got there when Vader came to a show in Colorado while he was the European Champion. Vader thought that he would be great as a junior heavyweight in New Japan. They became friends and worked on a tape to send to New Japan and six months later, Scorpio was over there training.

Scorpio goes through a typical day at the dojo. They would wake up around 6am then clean the dojo before they began training. They would start by doing anywhere from 500-1,000 squats, 500 pushups, 300 situpts, then get a water break before wrestling for an hour, then another water break before taking 100 bumps. After that they would spar then get a fifteen minute break before taking a five mile hike around Tokyo. They would break that up into teams, with the losing team having to do pushups. He said the day finished around 4:00pm and all you wanted to do after that was to crawl into bed.

Scorpio said that he was the only American in his class. He said that Chris Benoit finished training before he arrived and stayed for a few weeks after that but went back home. Scorpio puts over Benoit for helping him while he was there as he was the only other person who spoke English. Other notables in Scorpio’s class include Yuji Nagata, Tenzan, and Nishimura.

Scorpio said that his first few matches over there he got the shit kicked out of him and learned that you had to fight to get in your offense. He then worked in the Junior Heavyweight Tournament, which featured Jushin Liger, Benoit, Eddie Guerrero, and Fit Finlay among others. Scorpio puts over their wrestling ability. He said that Guerrero could work with anyone and that Finlay taught him a “ring lesson” by kicking his ass. Scorpio said that he deserved that after he approached Finlay, a veteran, about what he was going to do in their match.

From Japan, he went over to work in Mexico. Scorpio said it was fun, putting over how cheap it was to get marijuana. He said he was there with Kokina Maximus (Yokozuna) who taught him how to roll the best blunts. While there, he said that he disliked Mil Mascaras, calling him an “arrogant ass.” He had no problems with El Canek or El Santo. His favorite opponents were Negro Casas, Silver King, and the Villanos. He also put over Andre the Giant, stating that despite being old and broken down, was as stiff as could be in the ring. He puts over his overhand punch, stating it was like a redwood tree falling on top of your head.

In comparing the differences between Japan and Mexico, Scopio said that Japanese style is a lot stiffer but that Mexico’s travel is brutal and they worked more days. They always traveled by bus and at times, would have to use a city bus to get to the venues and they were overcrowded and had no place to sit.

Scorpio is then asked how he got into WCW. He said that Vader helped get him in when they WCW was looking for a partner for Ron Simmons when Butch Reed left after getting into trouble and Ron’s other partner wasn’t working out so Vader showed Scorpio’s tape to Bill Watts and that led to him getting an offer.

When asked about Watts, Scorpio stated that Watts told him that he was racist. Scorpio actually appreciated that Watts told him that upfront, as now he knew where he was coming from. he does state that Watts let the N-word slip out once in front of him. Scorpio calls Watts a good businessman and that he always did right by him but he was still an asshole.

Scorpio is now asked about the WCW “cocaine” party that took place in St. Thomas. He said that Flair opened a Gold’s Gym down there and Flair invited some guys to do a show. Scorpio said he was the only black guy there. He said that Buddy Lee Parker was there, who we calls a snake in the grass. He also had a problem with Brian Pillman, who he said called himself “Flyin'” yet couldnt fly and might have been racist. Anyway, Scorpio said that he was walking along Flair’s side of the island wearing his g-string, with his dick hanging out while some of the wrestlers wives and girlfriends were looking at him. Anyway, at an autograph session, Steamboat and Flair’s sginificant others were pushing on him and Scorpio told them to back off, as he didnt want married women, before they wound up with some “dick in their mouth.”

After that session, Scopio was with the Nasty Boys, who loved to party and who he also called “brothers from the hood stuck in a white man’s body” always knew where to get stuff and wound up getting some “snowflakes.” Scorpio said that he was an idiot and had the boy party in his room were everyone was blowing lines. Scorpio also said that it was potent stuff that would have you standing on the walls then chewing your gums. Anyway, Parker and Pillman were there and talking about how they were going on Flair’s boat in the morning with Arn Anderson. Scorpio said that they went down to the boat, half-drunk and high on cocaine, and that was how rumors got started. Scorpio said that everyone in the room was using cocaine and thinks that Pillman and Parker started running their mouths. Scorpio also said that he was the most over guy on the island as he was the only black guy on the card. He and Marcus Bagwell wrestled against the Nasty Boys, who hated Bagwell and beat the shit out of him.

After the tour, Scorpio went to CNN to cut promos. Once there, they told him to take a drug test. Scorpio said that he would take it later as he was here for interviews. He also knew that after 72 hours, the cocaine would be out of his system. He tested positive for marijuana and ended up having to take classes on that with Booker T, who also smoked a ton of pot then. While in the program, he tested positive twice for pot and was told one more failure he would be fired. Scorpio said he got the “gold seal” box and knew if he drank that, he would pass everything but they told him not to worry about the other test now and put it off. He went back to work on the road and was tested then and he was found to be positive then fired. Scorpio says that Flair was slandering his name by stating he was fired for being a cokehead.

Scorpio is asked about teaming with Bagwell. Scorpio said that it was like teaming with a bitch and calls him a punk. He shits on Bagwell some more before telling a story. He said that while on a tour in Europe, they had rooms next to each other and while Scorpio claims he was fucking his girl’s brains out, Bagwell was in the room next to hi arguing with his lady because he couldnt fuck. The next day, Bagwell was pissed that he couldnt get his girl bumped up to a business class on the flight and went over to him and wanted him to get up and leave. Scorpio said that he cussed out Bagwell and that the stewardess had to calm him down. He threatened Bagwell then touched his lady on the shoulder and told her that she would find out why the call him “Too Cold.”  After that, Scorpio said that he had no respect for Bagwell as you stick up for your girl, no matter what situation.

He is asked if he ever had any problems with Sting over the scorpion gimmick. He said that Sting had a problem with him but he didnt have one with Sting. Scorpio mentioned that one day, Sting told him that the gimmick was his but Scorpio mentioned that he was using it first. Scorpio then puts over Sting as being a good worker and after a while, they hashed it out and he removed the scorpion from his tights and replaced it with “Too Cold.”

Now, Scorpio is asked about several workers from WCW. He put over Muta as a guy who taught him a lot about technique and selling. He also said that he was a great guy. He liked Scotty Flamingo but said that he had the shittiest crossbody. He said that after a few months, Pillman finally said hi to him but he usually worked with Steve Austin in their tag matches. He then said that he did not want to say anything else bad about him as he was deceased. When he first met Paul Heyman in WCW, he said he was a “motherfucking bitch” who would fight with women. He liked working with Barry Windham and said that Tom Zenk could work but that he had some issues.

Onto the next WCW incident, this time the fight between Arn Anderson and Sid Vicious. Scorpio starts by stating that you should never book a match and a flight on the same day as everyone at the time was rushing around and taking pills and drinking to cope. He said he was smoking hash in his room on the second floor when he heard fighting downstairs. He thought that Vader was fighting someone so he rushed downstairs and saw blood all over the place then saw Sid stabbing Arn with scissors so he went over and pushed them apart. He then looked at Arn and said that his nose was almost turned upside down. He said that Sid then looked at him before putting his foot through a glass door that led to the lobby. Vader was in there talking on the phone with his wife then Vader tackled Sid. Scorpio said that the cops came and he ended up going to the hospital to fill out the paperwork for Sid. He also calls Flair and Steamboat pussies for not helping to break up the fight, especially since their friend was involved and it happened on the same floor as their rooms.

Scorpio is now asked about Mick Foley’s ear. Scorpio said that it was not his fault, as Foley claims in his book. Scorpio loves Foley but says that he wrestled before his match and Scorpio had the ropes tightened for him, because he was a high-flyer. He forgot to remind the ring crew and when Foley did his hangman spot, Vader took off anf hit him and you could see his ear fly off and land on the ground. Ring announcer Gary Cappetta went over and picked it up with a tissue and they put in on ice. Scorpio said that if he immediately went to the hospital, they could have put it back on but Foley wrestled for another fifteen minutes then after that spent another fifteen cutting promos and taking pictures then after waiting an hour and a half, decided to go to the hospital but it was unable to get sewn up.

He is now asked about the incident between him and Hawk in North Korea. Scorpio said that because of that, Flair and Eric Bischoff tried to blackball him from New Japan. Scorpio starts by saying that he hates to kick dirt on someone who is dead. He said that when the tour started, he had problems with Flair and was gonig to kick his ass. The promoters pleaded with him not to do anything and he gave them his word. Anyway, Scorpio saw Hawk sucking up to Flair and called him out for that, which caused Hawk to mutter ” fuck you nigger” under his breath. The next day, Flair, who was traveling by himself in a Mercedes instead of on the bus with the boys. Anyway, Hawk was with Flair and looking around, almost acting as a bodyguard, which prompted Too Cold to say “let the pussy ride by himself.” Hawk came over and took a few swings but Scorpio said that he landed three shots for every punch that Hawk threw. Scorpio in the beginning of teh interview said that he learned to box from his father. Anyway, Scorpio said that he told Hawk that this was not the place for this then Hawk landed the hardest punch he could throw, which Too Cold stated he no-sold and then proceeded to kick his ass. After it went down, they neded up hashing things out a Scorpio claimed that he even made a shank after the fight.

After getting fired from WCW, he wound up in ECW. His first match was at a farmer’s market against Sabu. That was the same night as the O.J. Simpson chase and the ring broke. They had a second match later on and the top rope broke then.

He is now asked about Heyman in ECW. Scorpio said that he was smart, stupid, and an asshole all wrapped up into one package. He said that he had great stories and angles but lied to the boys and was unable to handle the business end of the operation. He also still wants his PPV money.

Scorpio is asked if he had any problems with New Jack. He said at the time, he felt New Jack and Mustafa were using the racist stuff to get cheap heat in Smoky Mountain but that they could brawl. After that, Jack confornted him and they ended up hanging out and partying together. Scorpio calls Jack a “thug” and a “nigga for life.”

He thought that his heel turn in ECW was awful. The idea was brought up to him by Tod Gordon, who told him to finish smoking before considering the idea.

Scorpio thought that his pairing with the Sandman was a good idea due to the contrast of styles. He says that Sandman has more balls than anyone he knows and that he could drink a case and work like he was straight.

He is asked about several other workers in ECW. He liked working with Chris Jericho and thought they had excellent chemistry together. He loved the Steiner Brothers, calling them old school and that they did not take shit from anyone. He said that he watched them from ringside while he was training in Japan and that was how he learned to deliver a suplex. He loved working with RVD and they would smoke 4-5 jonits before their matches then forget what they had talked about doing before the match but RVD would end up remembering everything and they had fun. He said that Taz had a Napolean complex and was all bark and no bite. He was also obssessive over the his colors. He said that his broken neck was a lesson learned in respecting the guys you work with and a reminder that you could get injured at any time. He called Mr. Hughes a “chickeshit asshole” who would complain about getting hit. He said that Tommy Dreamer has no skills or talent and shouldnt be wrestling but that he would be great in the office and did appreciate that he would always help to get the money issues straightened out.

Scorpio was asked about the drug scene in ECW. He said that it was nice and heavy but that it got to the point in which it was way too heavy and when they decided to clean up, it was too late.

He then went to the WWF. He said that when he was there, he was constantly fighting with his wife and smoked a ton of weed. His wife was jealous of the Funkettes and Scorpio states that he never did anything with them.

He is then asked if he felt that his WWF run was a failure. He said no but that it was not as big as it could have been.

He is asked about Shawn Michaels. He said he was great in the ring but that he was too chickenshit to work with him then calls him a “kiss-ass motherfucker.” He said that the Montreal incident was cutthroat stuff then calls Michaels a chickenshit for pretending that he had nothing to do with it until later on.

He ended up leaving the WWF after getting addicted to crack and needing to clean-up. He said that Vince would not pay for his rehab.

Scorpio is asked about Missy Hyatt. He calls her a freak and that her plastic surgeries made her llok terrible. He then says that she fell into the wrong crowd.

When asked about Johnny Ace, he calls him a snake in the grass and is not surprised at all that he has an office job.

He thought that the “Heroes of Wrestling” PPV was a complete joke but he ended up getting a nice payday.

When asked how to get the wrestling business stronger, Scorpio said that they need to get away from T&A and make it more realistic.

On the subject of his drug use, Scorpio says that he smokes weed daily but that is all. If you sho up to his party with crack or cocaine, keep it and go somewhere else.

He is asked about the guys he just worked with prior to the shoot, AJ Styles and Chris Sabin. He calls them talented and that they were a pleasure to work with. They still need to improve but need to work with ohter talented guys for that to happen.

When asked if it is bes to learn from the dojo, Scorpio said yes but today you can get into a good school like Pro Wrestling Iron that is affiliated with NOAH. He puts over the school’s trainers, Mike Modest and Donovan Morgan.

Scorpio says that he has no interest in shoot fighting as you could kill off your name in one fight but adds that money talks.

He said that New Japan is hurting as the paycuts give the guys less incentive to work hard and they become lazy.

Scorpio thinks that Pride and K1 are fads but he likes the stiffness.

He is asked about Jake Roberts in the “Beyond the Mat” documentary. Scorpio says that was a straight shoot and a message to not get caught up with drugs.

Scorpio says that the high flyers today need to start from ground zero and learn how to work and lockup.

He thinks that a good worker is someone with heart who is able to take criticism.

He states that he is in talks with TNA right now and that it is tough to make a living as there are only a few companies to work for at the moment.

He is asked about racism and says that it is everywhere but not as bad as before. He is then asked about the lawsuit filed by Hardbody Harrison and Sonny Onoo by WCW and he says it’s bullshit.

Scorpio is asked about his opinion on dirt sheets. He says that it helps him keep in touch with the business whenever he grabs one. He currently lives in Germany.

His favorite matches were with Guerrero, Benoit, Finlay and the Pitbulls. His least favorite were with Mr. Hughes.

Final Thoughts: I enjoyed this interview a lot. It breezed right by and was less than ninety minutes too. Reading this, you would think that Scorpio sounded bitter but that was not the case. He did seem like he was on the “green tea” as he calls it and he did not have any regrets. They did not talk much about his WWF run at all but basically revealed that he was strung out on crack during most of his stint with the company. It certainly seemed like he had his enemies in WCW too and certainly didnt help himself over in North Korea. I would seek this out if you can, as Scorpio can tell a pretty good story.

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Promo of the Day: “Stone Cold” Steve Austin

This is Stone Cold Steve Austin on LiveWire right before Bret comes back to face him in the critically acclaimed Survivor Series 96 match. 

Can we get a 2013 Scott Sez? What happened to that gimmick? Did it go to the red-hot "Abeyance"?


Anyways, great live promo work from Steve as he is running the gamut. He is hard-selling Bret's return. He is making you laugh. He is making you want to see him get his ass kicked as well at the PPV. It just shows that, while not a "money promo", he is using his time on camera to the fullest of his ability.

Toad Pedophile and Sunny (looking great in the whore-red lipstick) are virtual non-factors as soon as Austin comes on set. 


As an aside, how awesome would you think Austin would have been with no neck injury? The knees would probably been shot to shit, but 2000 with Austin? Does HHH ascend and have the critically acclaimed year he has? Does Mick become 3 time champ? Does Rock host SNL and start the process to becoming a crossover star?

Your thoughts… as well as the rest of the midcarders and Obi-Wan Jabronis from the BoD.

Imagine Austin's resurgence in 2001 with Angle and multiply that over the years he was active, and that's how awesome he would have been if he didn't have the neck of a crippled 80 year old.  
And really, when DIDN'T Sunny look great in 1996?  

Stone Cold Daniel Bryan

Hey Scott,

Do you think there's a future in a Bryan/McMahon long-term feud? Because these two seem to be recreating the Austin/McMahon feud by accident, in so far as having an owner who absolutely doesn't want a wrestler as champion.

The general rule of wrestling is that if the fans believe it, it sells, and if there is one thing fans seem to, at least want to, believe, it's that McMahon, in real life, HATES Daniel Bryan. Sure, that's probably the furthest thing from the truth but plays to the myth that McMahon always and forever will push bigger guys. It also plays to the legend of Bryan as the man who overcomes obstacles. You could have McMahon come out and run down Bryan as small, trollish and an embarassment and Bryan can come out, kick his head in and say, "Yeah, I'm small. But I will kick your head in!"

Yeah, I'm a Bryan mark, but I still think there's potential in a Bryan/McMahon long-term feud with or without the belt. Thoughts?

I think clearly they're leading to Orton cashing in as Vince's avatar at Summerslam, while Bryan is HHH's guy and we'll say Cena is Stephanie's person so they can recreate the McMahon In Every Corner nonsense at some point.  Vince's wish that Bryan and Cena both leave Summerslam without the belt is pretty big foreshadowing that Orton is getting the belt there, at least.  

Assorted May-Per-View Countdown: A Cold Day In Hell!

The Netcop Retro Rant for IYH: A Cold Day In Hell. With Summerslam 98 a mere two days hence, I thought it apropos to go back to the last time Steve Austin fought the Undertaker for the WWF title. (So that nails down the exact date this was written, at least.)  Live from Richmond, Virginia. Your hosts are Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler. Free For All match: Jesse Jammes v. Rockabilly. Yes, it’s the battle of the New Age Outlaws when they both sucked. Billy has his hair dyed brown for some reason. No heat on either side and Double J’s music gets messed up by the sound techs. Nothing match as Billy controls and hits a DDT out of nowhere to halt a Jammes comeback and get the win. 1/4*  (Astonishing that these two would be the hottest act in wrestling just a few months later.)  Opening match: Flash Funk (without Funkettes) v. Hunter Hearst Helmsley (without heat) BREAK IT…oh, wait, never mind. This was the “in between” period for HHH, after the blueblood thing and before the DX thing. He didn’t even have Mankind to feud with until Canadian Stampede. JR notes that the Hart Foundation bought five front-row seats from a scalper. (They should have just hung out outside the arena, probably would have gotten the same seats at that point from guys giving out comp seats.)  Pretty bad match with zero heat. HHH does his four offensive moves and very little else. Chyna interferes now and then. More boring stuff happens with a nice Funk bump. HHH goes to the top rope (!) but misses. Funk gets a cross-body but picks up Helmsley and goes for the finisher but HHH suplexes him off the top and Pedigrees him for the win. * Chyna drops Funk on the top rope for fun. (Poor Flash lost his Funkettes due to budget cutbacks at this point, a fate that will probably befall Brodus Clay pretty soon, I’d imagine.)  Clips from the UFC re: Ken Shamrock. Ken offers some soundbites on the situation. Mankind v. Rocky Maivia. After losing the I-C title to Owen Hart, Rocky got jobbing duty until coming back as a member of the Nation. (That was actually a good decision, because it allowed Rocky to blow off residual fan hatred of his babyface run.)  Rocky gives an introspective interview about too much success before the match. The Rock is drawing no heat here. Back and forth match, Mankind does a nice somersault off the apron onto Rocky. Crowd is dead. Match is boring. Mankind takes a wicked Rock Bottom on the metal rampway and that gets a decent pop. Rocky goes for the finishing series (no People’s Elbow) but Mankind rolls through a flying cross-body and applies the Mandible Claw for the submission. ** This loss was the catalyst for the heel turn. (And six months after I wrote this rant, they’d be main eventing for the WWF title.)  The original Austin 3:16 t-shirt commercial. Let’s take you back to RAW where we set up Ahmed’s gauntlet v. The Nation. Ahmed Johnson v. Savio Vega, Crush & Faarooq. I miss PG-13 rapping the Nation down to ringside. A very porky D-Lo Brown is also there and is a non-factor. If Ahmed can defeat all three members of the NOD, then they have to disband. Crush is the first guy in and they have a bad match. Ahmed uses a horrible Falcon Arrow for two. JR makes note of Ahmed’s gang roots, which was the prelude to his joining the Nation a few weeks later. Crush keeps signalling for the Nation to run in but Gorilla Monsoon prevents them. Crush goes for the heart punch but Ahmed rolls him up for the pin. Thank god. Savio is the next guy in and is actually looking very lithe here. Savio whomps Ahmed, but Ahmed comes back eventually to take control. It spills out of the ring and Savio takes to him with a chair and gets DQ’d, then destroys Ahmed with the chair. This was a decent segment (compared with the last one). That leaves Faarooq. Very quick match as Ahmed hits the Pearl River Plunge in short order, but Faarooq kicks out at two to a massive heel reaction. Faarooq clips him, Dominator and Faarooq gets the win. About *1/2 total. Ironically, about a month later the NOD would self-destruct, creating the Gang Wars, and Ahmed would join the new and improved Nation version 2.0.  (I just redid this match on Vintage Collection recently, and holy god was it horrible.  I think *1/2 was actually being exceedingly generous.)  More hype for Shamrock v. Vader. Ken Shamrock v. Vader. This is Shamrock’s debut in the WWF and it’s a submission match. (Has Vader ever submitted anyone in his entire career?  Does he even know any submission moves?)  Shamrock has different music from today’s. Shamrock with some oh-so-stiff kicks that were likely real. (That was actually a real problem with Shamrock in his early days, as he had trouble with worked strikes and needed to work with people who could get him adjusted to wrestling.  Oddly, no one told him that he didn’t know how to work and then buried him for months.)  Good thing he doesn’t do those anymore, otherwise there’d be muscle bruises all through the WWF. (People might have to get prescription painkillers!) They seem to be having trouble working together, which is understandable. Shamrock goes for a few submission holds which the crowd isn’t digging. Ken does take a nice bump as Vader suplexes him over the top rope to the floor. Vader bleeds hardway from the nose from a stiff Shamrock shot. Vader seems legit pissed at Shamrock because of it. (Now he knows how 60% of his opponents felt towards him.)  Vader gets the advantage and goes for the Vadersault, but Shammy barely moves out of the way. Shamrock with more submission moves and then starts pounding Vader in the corner with mega-stiff shots and Vader nails him with a legit-looking right to the head in retribution. Shamrock quickly grabs the leg for the ankle-lock and submission. **1/2 A less-than-thrilling debut for Shamrock. Vader is legitimately injured by the ankle-lock and limps out with help from the referee.  (Sounds like an interesting trainwreck, actually.)  WWF title match: The Undertaker v. Stone Cold Steve Austin. Austin is only really, really over at this point as opposed to the levels he’s at now. The Harts make their way to ringside as UT and Austin do the staredown. Brawl to start and then Undertaker takes over. Long side-headlock from Austin. UT breaks free and Austin goes to work on the leg. Austin wraps UT’s leg around the pole and then lips off the Hart Foundation. Back in the ring and Austin continues kicking at the leg, including an STF. Ross notes that if Lawler ever moved out of Memphis he might learn some more holds. Oooooo. More working on the leg from Austin, then Austin gets tossed outside the ring and Undertaker goes to work on *his* leg. Well, they’ve got the psychology thing down pat. Undertaker viciously stomps the braced leg of Austin. (Why didn’t more people do that, I wonder?  Dude wore a target on his knee for YEARS and no one ever really went for it.)  Austin responds with a spinning toehold, and goes back to work on UT’s leg. UT tries the ropewalk and Austin drops him on the top rope. Superplex blocked by UT, but his big elbow misses. Double whip, sleeper and Austin counters with a jawbreaker. Austin gets put in the corner and rears back with the field goal to the Undertaker’s…uh…creatures of the night. UT with his own lowblow (big pop), chokeslam, but Austin rolls to the ropes. Austin snaps UT’s neck off the top rope, Stone Cold Stunner, but Brian Pillman runs over and rings the bell so Hebner doesn’t count. Zombie situp, whip, reversal and UT goes for the tombstone, Austin reverses for his own, but Undertaker reverses AGAIN and hits it this time for the pin to retain. This was actually a really good match. *** (Note that they made sure to make Austin look like a legitimate threat before jobbing.)  The Harts beat the hell out of the Undertaker after the decision, and Austin uses the moment to dump Bret out of his wheelchair and steal his crutches in order to make the save. The faces clean house and the Harts retreat. Then, in one of *the* defining moments for Austin, he jumps UT from behind and stuns him, just because he can. Fabulous. The Bottom Line: Main event was a good piece of the Austin-Hart storyline, but the rest was pretty forgettable crap. The WWF was in a major rut at this time outside of the awesome Hart Foundation saga, and it showed as they missed Shawn tremendously. Recommendation to avoid, and see you at Summerslam!  (This sounds like an interesting show on paper, actually, with Rock v. Mankind, Austin v. Undertaker and Shamrock v. Vader all on one two-hour show.  Might have to track it down and give it another go sometime.) 

Stone Cold DVD Review

The Cobra Kai Reviews: Stone Cold Steve Austin – The Bottom Line On The Most Popular Superstar of All Time – By Marion Cobretti I started watching wrestling in 1995, I didn’t miss one single Raw until the Raw where The Radicalz debuted. I know this because I remember being pissed that I missed a Raw where something major happened. Anyways, so I was there from Stone Cold’s genesis [I remember Ted Dibiase watching a TV, and saying he’d found the ultimate protege] up until he retired. Now, I was along for the full ride, and saw how he was on everything, and how people at school who use to make fun of me for watching wrestling were now running up to me on Tuesday mornings to ask if I’d seen whomever Stone Cold stunnered the night before. Basically, what I’m trying to say is even though I saw all that, I still can’t say he’s the most popular superstar of all time. Hulk Hogan was officially noted as the most recognizable face on the planet in 1987. That’s a big freaking deal. He’s the only wrestler to ever be featured on Sports Illustrated. He literally changed the business. He became bigger than life. So, in my opinion, Hulk is the most popular of all time. I mean, he set TV records that to this day I don’t believe have been beaten. How say you guys?The documentary portion is fantastic. I’d been waiting for a Stone Cold documentary for a while, and this one really delivers. I don’t like to review’em blow by blow, as some do, simply because you probably don’t care about the breakdown, and just want to know if it’s worthwhile as a whole, and I can say that it definitely is. DISC 2 Steve Austin vs Chris Adams – May 1990
A really short match from his USWA days. No real reason to include this than to just go the full spectrum on Steve’s career. On a related note, he was voted Rookie of the Year by the WON.
Austin with the pin at 4:20
* Stunning Steve Austin & Ric Flair vs Sting & Ricky Steamboat – WCW Saturday Night – 7/30/1994
Are you KIDDING ME? Man, this is just ridiculous the level of talent that’s in this match, I can’t believe I’d never even heard of it before hand. Needless to say, this is a remarkable, incredible match that almost goes for a full half n hour. Something completely worthy of being on PPV, if Hulk Hogan weren’t amidst his first championship run, and needing Ric Flair to make the numbers work. It’s a real shame that Hogan was running amok during this time, because Flair still had plenty of gas in the tank, and should have been used for various degrees of awesome like this.
Austin with the pin on Steamboat at 24:17
****1/2 Stone Cold Steve Austin vs Jake The Snake Roberts – KOTR Finals [1996]
We all know why this is included. Did anybody watching this even think for a second that Jake was going to win? Man, was his “reborn” gimmick boring beyond belief. He should
have just gone to ECW as the classic Snake and feuded with Raven. Man would that have been one of the all time great feuds. Perhaps it’s just me, but I prefer the Stunner when Stone Cold doesn’t include the kick. It just seems a little more brutal.
Stone Cold Stunner for the win at 4:28
** Stone Cold Steve Austin vs Bret Hart – Submission Match – Wrestlemania 13 – 3/23/1997
What can I say about this match that everyone hasn’t already said? Me personally, I can’t give it 5 stars, because I don’t think it keeps up with time as well. After seeing matches like Foley vs Orton at Backlash, or HHH vs Batista Hell in a Cell, the hardcore match, when it’s an absolute war between two guys has really had the bar risen, and I just don’t think this one matches up. I find that it’s just a bit too slow in the hardcore aspect, and isn’t as technically kick ass as say Bret’s match against Piper, or Bulldog, also I think Stone Cold bleeds too late in the match, and I tend to really hate crowd brawling. Stone Cold does his own commentary on this, along with JR, and it’s great. It’s really something he should have done for every match. One thing they mention that I’m curious about, perhaps you guys can help, is when they’re brawling in the crowd, JR mentions an nWo shirt, and says that the t-shirt police would have been all over that today. What’s he referring to?
Bret Hart causes Stone Cold to pass out at 22:02
****1/2 Stone Cold Steve Austin [C] vs The Rock – Intercontinental Title Match – IYH: DX – 12/06/97
Stone Cold was still on the mend from the Owen Hart neck incident, so that’s why this match is what it is. I remember watching this match live on the PPV, and running around screaming with joy in my Stone Cold shirt and hat. The people I was with were routing for The Rock, but I was in full blown mark mode, and Stone Cold was my guy since the night after IYH: Final Four. As a mark, I couldn’t have asked for any more from this match. Stone Cold driving a truck, giving a stunner to D-Lo on top of it, whipping people into it, and still managing to beat the Rock, it was great. These days, as a smark, it’s an entertaining match still, and one that everyone should see, but not a show-stealer by any means.
Austin hits the stunner and the pin at 5:42
*** Stone Cold Steve Austin vs Shawn Michaels [C] – WrestleMania 14 – 3/29/98
Honestly, this was my peak as a wrestling fan as a mark. You know how when you’re young, and you can really get into a wrestler without being pathetic? This show is pretty bad if I recall, but I had so much fun. I couldn’t wait for the main event, and I even had my Stone Cold figure on hand. At the time, I thought it was one of the best matches ever, and still had that memory of it even after Stone Cold & Shawn both said they didn’t really like it. Well, seeing it again, me being a mark definitely put a shine on this, because it isn’t as great as it could have been. They botch quite a few things, and never really seem to click. Although, knowing what a complete prick Shawn was at the time, I can take delight in seeing him wince in pain. It’s worth the inclusion though, as it’s a decent enough match, and pretty landmark. Plus, it contains what is easily Stone Cold’s greatest stunner. Hell, they even had this stunner available in No Mercy’s CAW.
Stone Cold hits the stunner and the pin at 20:00
***1/2
DISC 3 Stone Cold Steve Austin [C] vs. Dude Love – WWE Heavyweight Title Match – 5/31/1998
This was a great feud, with Dude Love being the Corporation’s head figure. This match is also on Mick’s DVD, and although a great one, I feel their match at Unforgiven the month before was the better one. This was a great bout with them going all over the place, and Mick once again doing his absolute best to make who ever he’s with look like a million bucks. I do think all the over-book hurt this one though, to be honest. I didn’t need Brisco, Patterson, Vince, and The Undertaker all taking part. Still great though.
Stone Cold hits the stunner and the pin at 22:25
****1/4 Stone Cold Steve Austin [C] vs. The Undertaker – WWE Heavyweight Title Match – SummerSlam – 8/30/1998
This match had an incredible build, and I recall every wrestling fan I knew going out and buying AC/DC’s Highway To Hell. I myself heard the damn song so many times via WWE, that to this day I still don’t want to hear it, but that’s also because I’m not an AC/DC fan. The match is damn fine, and I would have liked to see what they could have done had Steve not been knocked at near the beginning of the match.
The stunner. The pin. 20:52
***1/2 Stone Cold Steve Austin [C] vs. Big Show – WWE Heavyweight Title – Raw 3/22/1999
I have no idea why this match is on here. Basically just showing off that they spent a ton of money to bring in Paul Wight, then jobbed him out a little while later. Oh well, at least he got to go on that bike ride with Undertaker and eat a scorpion.
Stunner. Pin. 9:28
*1/2 Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. The Rock [C] – WWE Heavyweight Title – WrestleMania – 3/28/1999
I know this match doesn’t get a lot of fan fare, but I think it’s great. Sure, Rock hadn’t completely hit his stride yet, but as close as you could get without being there. The reason Stone Cold comes out in a t-shirt, and not his vest, is because he forgot back home. It’s not a big deal, but does make it seem like less of a an event without the vest. To me, they just seem to be throwing all they have at each other, and it truly feels like a war.
Stunner. Pin. 16:52
****1/4 Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. The Rock [C] – WWE Heavyweight Title – WrestleMania – 4/01/2001
Another match that everyone has said everything under the sun about, so I won’t go on too much about it. I use to not like this match much, but I recently watched it two times for this review, so I could get myself a solid rating for it, and I’ve turned the tide. It’s great. One of the things is the interview with Stone Cold & Rock, where they’re in the locker room with JR, and at one point Steve says that he HAS to win this title, it’s all he has, and then proves it with this match. He goes over the top with his intentsity, and his frustration grows & grows as it proves almost impossible to put The Rock down. The Hogan v Andre of The Attitude Era, that’s for sure. I’d give it the full monty if it weren’t for Rock’s ridiculous selling of the stunner, and Vince’s involvement. However, Rock’s facial expression and utterance of “motherfucker” when he realizes it was Vince who stopped the pin, damn near gets it the 5 stars.
27 chair shots, Stone Cold get’s the pin in 33:06
****3/4 4TH DISC The 4th disc is nothing but interviews, vignettes, and segments all through out Stone Cold’s career. It’s an awesome disc that gives you absolutely every classic Austin moment that didn’t take place in the ring. From Monday Nyquil, to buying cowboy hats for Vince & Angle. It’s a fantastic cap on a fantastic set, and shows you all the reasons why Stone Cold became thee man. Last Word: Stone Cold has probably set the record for most releases for a WWE superstar, and it’s with good reason. If you have The Legacy of Stone Cold, you may feel that you don’t need this set, but I beg to differ. The documentary is a fantastic strong point, as we hadn’t really had one about Stone Cold before. It’s great to hear his views over his entire career. The match listing leaves some things desired, but gives you the greatest of the greatest hits and you didn’t get from Legacy. The 4th disc wraps up this entire set and puts a bow on it with an amazing collection of the previously mentioned interviews, vignettes, & segments. Definitely a set worth having, with a final rating of ****3/4
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Stone Cold DVD Review

The Cobra Kai Reviews: Stone Cold Steve Austin – The Bottom Line On The Most Popular Superstar of All Time – By Marion Cobretti I started watching wrestling in 1995, I didn’t miss one single Raw until the Raw where The Radicalz debuted. I know this because I remember being pissed that I missed a Raw where something major happened. Anyways, so I was there from Stone Cold’s genesis [I remember Ted Dibiase watching a TV, and saying he’d found the ultimate protege] up until he retired. Now, I was along for the full ride, and saw how he was on everything, and how people at school who use to make fun of me for watching wrestling were now running up to me on Tuesday mornings to ask if I’d seen whomever Stone Cold stunnered the night before. Basically, what I’m trying to say is even though I saw all that, I still can’t say he’s the most popular superstar of all time. Hulk Hogan was officially noted as the most recognizable face on the planet in 1987. That’s a big freaking deal. He’s the only wrestler to ever be featured on Sports Illustrated. He literally changed the business. He became bigger than life. So, in my opinion, Hulk is the most popular of all time. I mean, he set TV records that to this day I don’t believe have been beaten. How say you guys?The documentary portion is fantastic. I’d been waiting for a Stone Cold documentary for a while, and this one really delivers. I don’t like to review’em blow by blow, as some do, simply because you probably don’t care about the breakdown, and just want to know if it’s worthwhile as a whole, and I can say that it definitely is. DISC 2 Steve Austin vs Chris Adams – May 1990
A really short match from his USWA days. No real reason to include this than to just go the full spectrum on Steve’s career. On a related note, he was voted Rookie of the Year by the WON.
Austin with the pin at 4:20
* Stunning Steve Austin & Ric Flair vs Sting & Ricky Steamboat – WCW Saturday Night – 7/30/1994
Are you KIDDING ME? Man, this is just ridiculous the level of talent that’s in this match, I can’t believe I’d never even heard of it before hand. Needless to say, this is a remarkable, incredible match that almost goes for a full half n hour. Something completely worthy of being on PPV, if Hulk Hogan weren’t amidst his first championship run, and needing Ric Flair to make the numbers work. It’s a real shame that Hogan was running amok during this time, because Flair still had plenty of gas in the tank, and should have been used for various degrees of awesome like this.
Austin with the pin on Steamboat at 24:17
****1/2 Stone Cold Steve Austin vs Jake The Snake Roberts – KOTR Finals [1996]
We all know why this is included. Did anybody watching this even think for a second that Jake was going to win? Man, was his “reborn” gimmick boring beyond belief. He should
have just gone to ECW as the classic Snake and feuded with Raven. Man would that have been one of the all time great feuds. Perhaps it’s just me, but I prefer the Stunner when Stone Cold doesn’t include the kick. It just seems a little more brutal.
Stone Cold Stunner for the win at 4:28
** Stone Cold Steve Austin vs Bret Hart – Submission Match – Wrestlemania 13 – 3/23/1997
What can I say about this match that everyone hasn’t already said? Me personally, I can’t give it 5 stars, because I don’t think it keeps up with time as well. After seeing matches like Foley vs Orton at Backlash, or HHH vs Batista Hell in a Cell, the hardcore match, when it’s an absolute war between two guys has really had the bar risen, and I just don’t think this one matches up. I find that it’s just a bit too slow in the hardcore aspect, and isn’t as technically kick ass as say Bret’s match against Piper, or Bulldog, also I think Stone Cold bleeds too late in the match, and I tend to really hate crowd brawling. Stone Cold does his own commentary on this, along with JR, and it’s great. It’s really something he should have done for every match. One thing they mention that I’m curious about, perhaps you guys can help, is when they’re brawling in the crowd, JR mentions an nWo shirt, and says that the t-shirt police would have been all over that today. What’s he referring to?
Bret Hart causes Stone Cold to pass out at 22:02
****1/2 Stone Cold Steve Austin [C] vs The Rock – Intercontinental Title Match – IYH: DX – 12/06/97
Stone Cold was still on the mend from the Owen Hart neck incident, so that’s why this match is what it is. I remember watching this match live on the PPV, and running around screaming with joy in my Stone Cold shirt and hat. The people I was with were routing for The Rock, but I was in full blown mark mode, and Stone Cold was my guy since the night after IYH: Final Four. As a mark, I couldn’t have asked for any more from this match. Stone Cold driving a truck, giving a stunner to D-Lo on top of it, whipping people into it, and still managing to beat the Rock, it was great. These days, as a smark, it’s an entertaining match still, and one that everyone should see, but not a show-stealer by any means.
Austin hits the stunner and the pin at 5:42
*** Stone Cold Steve Austin vs Shawn Michaels [C] – WrestleMania 14 – 3/29/98
Honestly, this was my peak as a wrestling fan as a mark. You know how when you’re young, and you can really get into a wrestler without being pathetic? This show is pretty bad if I recall, but I had so much fun. I couldn’t wait for the main event, and I even had my Stone Cold figure on hand. At the time, I thought it was one of the best matches ever, and still had that memory of it even after Stone Cold & Shawn both said they didn’t really like it. Well, seeing it again, me being a mark definitely put a shine on this, because it isn’t as great as it could have been. They botch quite a few things, and never really seem to click. Although, knowing what a complete prick Shawn was at the time, I can take delight in seeing him wince in pain. It’s worth the inclusion though, as it’s a decent enough match, and pretty landmark. Plus, it contains what is easily Stone Cold’s greatest stunner. Hell, they even had this stunner available in No Mercy’s CAW.
Stone Cold hits the stunner and the pin at 20:00
***1/2
DISC 3 Stone Cold Steve Austin [C] vs. Dude Love – WWE Heavyweight Title Match – 5/31/1998
This was a great feud, with Dude Love being the Corporation’s head figure. This match is also on Mick’s DVD, and although a great one, I feel their match at Unforgiven the month before was the better one. This was a great bout with them going all over the place, and Mick once again doing his absolute best to make who ever he’s with look like a million bucks. I do think all the over-book hurt this one though, to be honest. I didn’t need Brisco, Patterson, Vince, and The Undertaker all taking part. Still great though.
Stone Cold hits the stunner and the pin at 22:25
****1/4 Stone Cold Steve Austin [C] vs. The Undertaker – WWE Heavyweight Title Match – SummerSlam – 8/30/1998
This match had an incredible build, and I recall every wrestling fan I knew going out and buying AC/DC’s Highway To Hell. I myself heard the damn song so many times via WWE, that to this day I still don’t want to hear it, but that’s also because I’m not an AC/DC fan. The match is damn fine, and I would have liked to see what they could have done had Steve not been knocked at near the beginning of the match.
The stunner. The pin. 20:52
***1/2 Stone Cold Steve Austin [C] vs. Big Show – WWE Heavyweight Title – Raw 3/22/1999
I have no idea why this match is on here. Basically just showing off that they spent a ton of money to bring in Paul Wight, then jobbed him out a little while later. Oh well, at least he got to go on that bike ride with Undertaker and eat a scorpion.
Stunner. Pin. 9:28
*1/2 Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. The Rock [C] – WWE Heavyweight Title – WrestleMania – 3/28/1999
I know this match doesn’t get a lot of fan fare, but I think it’s great. Sure, Rock hadn’t completely hit his stride yet, but as close as you could get without being there. The reason Stone Cold comes out in a t-shirt, and not his vest, is because he forgot back home. It’s not a big deal, but does make it seem like less of a an event without the vest. To me, they just seem to be throwing all they have at each other, and it truly feels like a war.
Stunner. Pin. 16:52
****1/4 Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. The Rock [C] – WWE Heavyweight Title – WrestleMania – 4/01/2001
Another match that everyone has said everything under the sun about, so I won’t go on too much about it. I use to not like this match much, but I recently watched it two times for this review, so I could get myself a solid rating for it, and I’ve turned the tide. It’s great. One of the things is the interview with Stone Cold & Rock, where they’re in the locker room with JR, and at one point Steve says that he HAS to win this title, it’s all he has, and then proves it with this match. He goes over the top with his intentsity, and his frustration grows & grows as it proves almost impossible to put The Rock down. The Hogan v Andre of The Attitude Era, that’s for sure. I’d give it the full monty if it weren’t for Rock’s ridiculous selling of the stunner, and Vince’s involvement. However, Rock’s facial expression and utterance of “motherfucker” when he realizes it was Vince who stopped the pin, damn near gets it the 5 stars.
27 chair shots, Stone Cold get’s the pin in 33:06
****3/4 4TH DISC The 4th disc is nothing but interviews, vignettes, and segments all through out Stone Cold’s career. It’s an awesome disc that gives you absolutely every classic Austin moment that didn’t take place in the ring. From Monday Nyquil, to buying cowboy hats for Vince & Angle. It’s a fantastic cap on a fantastic set, and shows you all the reasons why Stone Cold became thee man. Last Word: Stone Cold has probably set the record for most releases for a WWE superstar, and it’s with good reason. If you have The Legacy of Stone Cold, you may feel that you don’t need this set, but I beg to differ. The documentary is a fantastic strong point, as we hadn’t really had one about Stone Cold before. It’s great to hear his views over his entire career. The match listing leaves some things desired, but gives you the greatest of the greatest hits and you didn’t get from Legacy. The 4th disc wraps up this entire set and puts a bow on it with an amazing collection of the previously mentioned interviews, vignettes, & segments. Definitely a set worth having, with a final rating of ****3/4
This is Marion Cobretti, letting you know that here, in the streets, in competition, a man faces you, he is the enemy, and the enemy deserves no mercy.

Stone Cold DVD Review

The Cobra Kai Reviews: Stone Cold Steve Austin – The Bottom Line On The Most Popular Superstar of All Time – By Marion Cobretti I started watching wrestling in 1995, I didn’t miss one single Raw until the Raw where The Radicalz debuted. I know this because I remember being pissed that I missed a Raw where something major happened. Anyways, so I was there from Stone Cold’s genesis [I remember Ted Dibiase watching a TV, and saying he’d found the ultimate protege] up until he retired. Now, I was along for the full ride, and saw how he was on everything, and how people at school who use to make fun of me for watching wrestling were now running up to me on Tuesday mornings to ask if I’d seen whomever Stone Cold stunnered the night before. Basically, what I’m trying to say is even though I saw all that, I still can’t say he’s the most popular superstar of all time. Hulk Hogan was officially noted as the most recognizable face on the planet in 1987. That’s a big freaking deal. He’s the only wrestler to ever be featured on Sports Illustrated. He literally changed the business. He became bigger than life. So, in my opinion, Hulk is the most popular of all time. I mean, he set TV records that to this day I don’t believe have been beaten. How say you guys?The documentary portion is fantastic. I’d been waiting for a Stone Cold documentary for a while, and this one really delivers. I don’t like to review’em blow by blow, as some do, simply because you probably don’t care about the breakdown, and just want to know if it’s worthwhile as a whole, and I can say that it definitely is. DISC 2 Steve Austin vs Chris Adams – May 1990
A really short match from his USWA days. No real reason to include this than to just go the full spectrum on Steve’s career. On a related note, he was voted Rookie of the Year by the WON.
Austin with the pin at 4:20
* Stunning Steve Austin & Ric Flair vs Sting & Ricky Steamboat – WCW Saturday Night – 7/30/1994
Are you KIDDING ME? Man, this is just ridiculous the level of talent that’s in this match, I can’t believe I’d never even heard of it before hand. Needless to say, this is a remarkable, incredible match that almost goes for a full half n hour. Something completely worthy of being on PPV, if Hulk Hogan weren’t amidst his first championship run, and needing Ric Flair to make the numbers work. It’s a real shame that Hogan was running amok during this time, because Flair still had plenty of gas in the tank, and should have been used for various degrees of awesome like this.
Austin with the pin on Steamboat at 24:17
****1/2 Stone Cold Steve Austin vs Jake The Snake Roberts – KOTR Finals [1996]
We all know why this is included. Did anybody watching this even think for a second that Jake was going to win? Man, was his “reborn” gimmick boring beyond belief. He should
have just gone to ECW as the classic Snake and feuded with Raven. Man would that have been one of the all time great feuds. Perhaps it’s just me, but I prefer the Stunner when Stone Cold doesn’t include the kick. It just seems a little more brutal.
Stone Cold Stunner for the win at 4:28
** Stone Cold Steve Austin vs Bret Hart – Submission Match – Wrestlemania 13 – 3/23/1997
What can I say about this match that everyone hasn’t already said? Me personally, I can’t give it 5 stars, because I don’t think it keeps up with time as well. After seeing matches like Foley vs Orton at Backlash, or HHH vs Batista Hell in a Cell, the hardcore match, when it’s an absolute war between two guys has really had the bar risen, and I just don’t think this one matches up. I find that it’s just a bit too slow in the hardcore aspect, and isn’t as technically kick ass as say Bret’s match against Piper, or Bulldog, also I think Stone Cold bleeds too late in the match, and I tend to really hate crowd brawling. Stone Cold does his own commentary on this, along with JR, and it’s great. It’s really something he should have done for every match. One thing they mention that I’m curious about, perhaps you guys can help, is when they’re brawling in the crowd, JR mentions an nWo shirt, and says that the t-shirt police would have been all over that today. What’s he referring to?
Bret Hart causes Stone Cold to pass out at 22:02
****1/2 Stone Cold Steve Austin [C] vs The Rock – Intercontinental Title Match – IYH: DX – 12/06/97
Stone Cold was still on the mend from the Owen Hart neck incident, so that’s why this match is what it is. I remember watching this match live on the PPV, and running around screaming with joy in my Stone Cold shirt and hat. The people I was with were routing for The Rock, but I was in full blown mark mode, and Stone Cold was my guy since the night after IYH: Final Four. As a mark, I couldn’t have asked for any more from this match. Stone Cold driving a truck, giving a stunner to D-Lo on top of it, whipping people into it, and still managing to beat the Rock, it was great. These days, as a smark, it’s an entertaining match still, and one that everyone should see, but not a show-stealer by any means.
Austin hits the stunner and the pin at 5:42
*** Stone Cold Steve Austin vs Shawn Michaels [C] – WrestleMania 14 – 3/29/98
Honestly, this was my peak as a wrestling fan as a mark. You know how when you’re young, and you can really get into a wrestler without being pathetic? This show is pretty bad if I recall, but I had so much fun. I couldn’t wait for the main event, and I even had my Stone Cold figure on hand. At the time, I thought it was one of the best matches ever, and still had that memory of it even after Stone Cold & Shawn both said they didn’t really like it. Well, seeing it again, me being a mark definitely put a shine on this, because it isn’t as great as it could have been. They botch quite a few things, and never really seem to click. Although, knowing what a complete prick Shawn was at the time, I can take delight in seeing him wince in pain. It’s worth the inclusion though, as it’s a decent enough match, and pretty landmark. Plus, it contains what is easily Stone Cold’s greatest stunner. Hell, they even had this stunner available in No Mercy’s CAW.
Stone Cold hits the stunner and the pin at 20:00
***1/2
DISC 3 Stone Cold Steve Austin [C] vs. Dude Love – WWE Heavyweight Title Match – 5/31/1998
This was a great feud, with Dude Love being the Corporation’s head figure. This match is also on Mick’s DVD, and although a great one, I feel their match at Unforgiven the month before was the better one. This was a great bout with them going all over the place, and Mick once again doing his absolute best to make who ever he’s with look like a million bucks. I do think all the over-book hurt this one though, to be honest. I didn’t need Brisco, Patterson, Vince, and The Undertaker all taking part. Still great though.
Stone Cold hits the stunner and the pin at 22:25
****1/4 Stone Cold Steve Austin [C] vs. The Undertaker – WWE Heavyweight Title Match – SummerSlam – 8/30/1998
This match had an incredible build, and I recall every wrestling fan I knew going out and buying AC/DC’s Highway To Hell. I myself heard the damn song so many times via WWE, that to this day I still don’t want to hear it, but that’s also because I’m not an AC/DC fan. The match is damn fine, and I would have liked to see what they could have done had Steve not been knocked at near the beginning of the match.
The stunner. The pin. 20:52
***1/2 Stone Cold Steve Austin [C] vs. Big Show – WWE Heavyweight Title – Raw 3/22/1999
I have no idea why this match is on here. Basically just showing off that they spent a ton of money to bring in Paul Wight, then jobbed him out a little while later. Oh well, at least he got to go on that bike ride with Undertaker and eat a scorpion.
Stunner. Pin. 9:28
*1/2 Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. The Rock [C] – WWE Heavyweight Title – WrestleMania – 3/28/1999
I know this match doesn’t get a lot of fan fare, but I think it’s great. Sure, Rock hadn’t completely hit his stride yet, but as close as you could get without being there. The reason Stone Cold comes out in a t-shirt, and not his vest, is because he forgot back home. It’s not a big deal, but does make it seem like less of a an event without the vest. To me, they just seem to be throwing all they have at each other, and it truly feels like a war.
Stunner. Pin. 16:52
****1/4 Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. The Rock [C] – WWE Heavyweight Title – WrestleMania – 4/01/2001
Another match that everyone has said everything under the sun about, so I won’t go on too much about it. I use to not like this match much, but I recently watched it two times for this review, so I could get myself a solid rating for it, and I’ve turned the tide. It’s great. One of the things is the interview with Stone Cold & Rock, where they’re in the locker room with JR, and at one point Steve says that he HAS to win this title, it’s all he has, and then proves it with this match. He goes over the top with his intentsity, and his frustration grows & grows as it proves almost impossible to put The Rock down. The Hogan v Andre of The Attitude Era, that’s for sure. I’d give it the full monty if it weren’t for Rock’s ridiculous selling of the stunner, and Vince’s involvement. However, Rock’s facial expression and utterance of “motherfucker” when he realizes it was Vince who stopped the pin, damn near gets it the 5 stars.
27 chair shots, Stone Cold get’s the pin in 33:06
****3/4 4TH DISC The 4th disc is nothing but interviews, vignettes, and segments all through out Stone Cold’s career. It’s an awesome disc that gives you absolutely every classic Austin moment that didn’t take place in the ring. From Monday Nyquil, to buying cowboy hats for Vince & Angle. It’s a fantastic cap on a fantastic set, and shows you all the reasons why Stone Cold became thee man. Last Word: Stone Cold has probably set the record for most releases for a WWE superstar, and it’s with good reason. If you have The Legacy of Stone Cold, you may feel that you don’t need this set, but I beg to differ. The documentary is a fantastic strong point, as we hadn’t really had one about Stone Cold before. It’s great to hear his views over his entire career. The match listing leaves some things desired, but gives you the greatest of the greatest hits and you didn’t get from Legacy. The 4th disc wraps up this entire set and puts a bow on it with an amazing collection of the previously mentioned interviews, vignettes, & segments. Definitely a set worth having, with a final rating of ****3/4
This is Marion Cobretti, letting you know that here, in the streets, in competition, a man faces you, he is the enemy, and the enemy deserves no mercy.

Stone Cold DVD Review

The Cobra Kai Reviews: Stone Cold Steve Austin – The Bottom Line On The Most Popular Superstar of All Time – By Marion Cobretti I started watching wrestling in 1995, I didn’t miss one single Raw until the Raw where The Radicalz debuted. I know this because I remember being pissed that I missed a Raw where something major happened. Anyways, so I was there from Stone Cold’s genesis [I remember Ted Dibiase watching a TV, and saying he’d found the ultimate protege] up until he retired. Now, I was along for the full ride, and saw how he was on everything, and how people at school who use to make fun of me for watching wrestling were now running up to me on Tuesday mornings to ask if I’d seen whomever Stone Cold stunnered the night before. Basically, what I’m trying to say is even though I saw all that, I still can’t say he’s the most popular superstar of all time. Hulk Hogan was officially noted as the most recognizable face on the planet in 1987. That’s a big freaking deal. He’s the only wrestler to ever be featured on Sports Illustrated. He literally changed the business. He became bigger than life. So, in my opinion, Hulk is the most popular of all time. I mean, he set TV records that to this day I don’t believe have been beaten. How say you guys?The documentary portion is fantastic. I’d been waiting for a Stone Cold documentary for a while, and this one really delivers. I don’t like to review’em blow by blow, as some do, simply because you probably don’t care about the breakdown, and just want to know if it’s worthwhile as a whole, and I can say that it definitely is. DISC 2 Steve Austin vs Chris Adams – May 1990
A really short match from his USWA days. No real reason to include this than to just go the full spectrum on Steve’s career. On a related note, he was voted Rookie of the Year by the WON.
Austin with the pin at 4:20
* Stunning Steve Austin & Ric Flair vs Sting & Ricky Steamboat – WCW Saturday Night – 7/30/1994
Are you KIDDING ME? Man, this is just ridiculous the level of talent that’s in this match, I can’t believe I’d never even heard of it before hand. Needless to say, this is a remarkable, incredible match that almost goes for a full half n hour. Something completely worthy of being on PPV, if Hulk Hogan weren’t amidst his first championship run, and needing Ric Flair to make the numbers work. It’s a real shame that Hogan was running amok during this time, because Flair still had plenty of gas in the tank, and should have been used for various degrees of awesome like this.
Austin with the pin on Steamboat at 24:17
****1/2 Stone Cold Steve Austin vs Jake The Snake Roberts – KOTR Finals [1996]
We all know why this is included. Did anybody watching this even think for a second that Jake was going to win? Man, was his “reborn” gimmick boring beyond belief. He should
have just gone to ECW as the classic Snake and feuded with Raven. Man would that have been one of the all time great feuds. Perhaps it’s just me, but I prefer the Stunner when Stone Cold doesn’t include the kick. It just seems a little more brutal.
Stone Cold Stunner for the win at 4:28
** Stone Cold Steve Austin vs Bret Hart – Submission Match – Wrestlemania 13 – 3/23/1997
What can I say about this match that everyone hasn’t already said? Me personally, I can’t give it 5 stars, because I don’t think it keeps up with time as well. After seeing matches like Foley vs Orton at Backlash, or HHH vs Batista Hell in a Cell, the hardcore match, when it’s an absolute war between two guys has really had the bar risen, and I just don’t think this one matches up. I find that it’s just a bit too slow in the hardcore aspect, and isn’t as technically kick ass as say Bret’s match against Piper, or Bulldog, also I think Stone Cold bleeds too late in the match, and I tend to really hate crowd brawling. Stone Cold does his own commentary on this, along with JR, and it’s great. It’s really something he should have done for every match. One thing they mention that I’m curious about, perhaps you guys can help, is when they’re brawling in the crowd, JR mentions an nWo shirt, and says that the t-shirt police would have been all over that today. What’s he referring to?
Bret Hart causes Stone Cold to pass out at 22:02
****1/2 Stone Cold Steve Austin [C] vs The Rock – Intercontinental Title Match – IYH: DX – 12/06/97
Stone Cold was still on the mend from the Owen Hart neck incident, so that’s why this match is what it is. I remember watching this match live on the PPV, and running around screaming with joy in my Stone Cold shirt and hat. The people I was with were routing for The Rock, but I was in full blown mark mode, and Stone Cold was my guy since the night after IYH: Final Four. As a mark, I couldn’t have asked for any more from this match. Stone Cold driving a truck, giving a stunner to D-Lo on top of it, whipping people into it, and still managing to beat the Rock, it was great. These days, as a smark, it’s an entertaining match still, and one that everyone should see, but not a show-stealer by any means.
Austin hits the stunner and the pin at 5:42
*** Stone Cold Steve Austin vs Shawn Michaels [C] – WrestleMania 14 – 3/29/98
Honestly, this was my peak as a wrestling fan as a mark. You know how when you’re young, and you can really get into a wrestler without being pathetic? This show is pretty bad if I recall, but I had so much fun. I couldn’t wait for the main event, and I even had my Stone Cold figure on hand. At the time, I thought it was one of the best matches ever, and still had that memory of it even after Stone Cold & Shawn both said they didn’t really like it. Well, seeing it again, me being a mark definitely put a shine on this, because it isn’t as great as it could have been. They botch quite a few things, and never really seem to click. Although, knowing what a complete prick Shawn was at the time, I can take delight in seeing him wince in pain. It’s worth the inclusion though, as it’s a decent enough match, and pretty landmark. Plus, it contains what is easily Stone Cold’s greatest stunner. Hell, they even had this stunner available in No Mercy’s CAW.
Stone Cold hits the stunner and the pin at 20:00
***1/2
DISC 3 Stone Cold Steve Austin [C] vs. Dude Love – WWE Heavyweight Title Match – 5/31/1998
This was a great feud, with Dude Love being the Corporation’s head figure. This match is also on Mick’s DVD, and although a great one, I feel their match at Unforgiven the month before was the better one. This was a great bout with them going all over the place, and Mick once again doing his absolute best to make who ever he’s with look like a million bucks. I do think all the over-book hurt this one though, to be honest. I didn’t need Brisco, Patterson, Vince, and The Undertaker all taking part. Still great though.
Stone Cold hits the stunner and the pin at 22:25
****1/4 Stone Cold Steve Austin [C] vs. The Undertaker – WWE Heavyweight Title Match – SummerSlam – 8/30/1998
This match had an incredible build, and I recall every wrestling fan I knew going out and buying AC/DC’s Highway To Hell. I myself heard the damn song so many times via WWE, that to this day I still don’t want to hear it, but that’s also because I’m not an AC/DC fan. The match is damn fine, and I would have liked to see what they could have done had Steve not been knocked at near the beginning of the match.
The stunner. The pin. 20:52
***1/2 Stone Cold Steve Austin [C] vs. Big Show – WWE Heavyweight Title – Raw 3/22/1999
I have no idea why this match is on here. Basically just showing off that they spent a ton of money to bring in Paul Wight, then jobbed him out a little while later. Oh well, at least he got to go on that bike ride with Undertaker and eat a scorpion.
Stunner. Pin. 9:28
*1/2 Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. The Rock [C] – WWE Heavyweight Title – WrestleMania – 3/28/1999
I know this match doesn’t get a lot of fan fare, but I think it’s great. Sure, Rock hadn’t completely hit his stride yet, but as close as you could get without being there. The reason Stone Cold comes out in a t-shirt, and not his vest, is because he forgot back home. It’s not a big deal, but does make it seem like less of a an event without the vest. To me, they just seem to be throwing all they have at each other, and it truly feels like a war.
Stunner. Pin. 16:52
****1/4 Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. The Rock [C] – WWE Heavyweight Title – WrestleMania – 4/01/2001
Another match that everyone has said everything under the sun about, so I won’t go on too much about it. I use to not like this match much, but I recently watched it two times for this review, so I could get myself a solid rating for it, and I’ve turned the tide. It’s great. One of the things is the interview with Stone Cold & Rock, where they’re in the locker room with JR, and at one point Steve says that he HAS to win this title, it’s all he has, and then proves it with this match. He goes over the top with his intentsity, and his frustration grows & grows as it proves almost impossible to put The Rock down. The Hogan v Andre of The Attitude Era, that’s for sure. I’d give it the full monty if it weren’t for Rock’s ridiculous selling of the stunner, and Vince’s involvement. However, Rock’s facial expression and utterance of “motherfucker” when he realizes it was Vince who stopped the pin, damn near gets it the 5 stars.
27 chair shots, Stone Cold get’s the pin in 33:06
****3/4 4TH DISC The 4th disc is nothing but interviews, vignettes, and segments all through out Stone Cold’s career. It’s an awesome disc that gives you absolutely every classic Austin moment that didn’t take place in the ring. From Monday Nyquil, to buying cowboy hats for Vince & Angle. It’s a fantastic cap on a fantastic set, and shows you all the reasons why Stone Cold became thee man. Last Word: Stone Cold has probably set the record for most releases for a WWE superstar, and it’s with good reason. If you have The Legacy of Stone Cold, you may feel that you don’t need this set, but I beg to differ. The documentary is a fantastic strong point, as we hadn’t really had one about Stone Cold before. It’s great to hear his views over his entire career. The match listing leaves some things desired, but gives you the greatest of the greatest hits and you didn’t get from Legacy. The 4th disc wraps up this entire set and puts a bow on it with an amazing collection of the previously mentioned interviews, vignettes, & segments. Definitely a set worth having, with a final rating of ****3/4
This is Marion Cobretti, letting you know that here, in the streets, in competition, a man faces you, he is the enemy, and the enemy deserves no mercy.

Stone Cold DVD Review

The Cobra Kai Reviews: Stone Cold Steve Austin – The Bottom Line On The Most Popular Superstar of All Time – By Marion Cobretti I started watching wrestling in 1995, I didn’t miss one single Raw until the Raw where The Radicalz debuted. I know this because I remember being pissed that I missed a Raw where something major happened. Anyways, so I was there from Stone Cold’s genesis [I remember Ted Dibiase watching a TV, and saying he’d found the ultimate protege] up until he retired. Now, I was along for the full ride, and saw how he was on everything, and how people at school who use to make fun of me for watching wrestling were now running up to me on Tuesday mornings to ask if I’d seen whomever Stone Cold stunnered the night before. Basically, what I’m trying to say is even though I saw all that, I still can’t say he’s the most popular superstar of all time. Hulk Hogan was officially noted as the most recognizable face on the planet in 1987. That’s a big freaking deal. He’s the only wrestler to ever be featured on Sports Illustrated. He literally changed the business. He became bigger than life. So, in my opinion, Hulk is the most popular of all time. I mean, he set TV records that to this day I don’t believe have been beaten. How say you guys?The documentary portion is fantastic. I’d been waiting for a Stone Cold documentary for a while, and this one really delivers. I don’t like to review’em blow by blow, as some do, simply because you probably don’t care about the breakdown, and just want to know if it’s worthwhile as a whole, and I can say that it definitely is. DISC 2 Steve Austin vs Chris Adams – May 1990
A really short match from his USWA days. No real reason to include this than to just go the full spectrum on Steve’s career. On a related note, he was voted Rookie of the Year by the WON.
Austin with the pin at 4:20
* Stunning Steve Austin & Ric Flair vs Sting & Ricky Steamboat – WCW Saturday Night – 7/30/1994
Are you KIDDING ME? Man, this is just ridiculous the level of talent that’s in this match, I can’t believe I’d never even heard of it before hand. Needless to say, this is a remarkable, incredible match that almost goes for a full half n hour. Something completely worthy of being on PPV, if Hulk Hogan weren’t amidst his first championship run, and needing Ric Flair to make the numbers work. It’s a real shame that Hogan was running amok during this time, because Flair still had plenty of gas in the tank, and should have been used for various degrees of awesome like this.
Austin with the pin on Steamboat at 24:17
****1/2 Stone Cold Steve Austin vs Jake The Snake Roberts – KOTR Finals [1996]
We all know why this is included. Did anybody watching this even think for a second that Jake was going to win? Man, was his “reborn” gimmick boring beyond belief. He should
have just gone to ECW as the classic Snake and feuded with Raven. Man would that have been one of the all time great feuds. Perhaps it’s just me, but I prefer the Stunner when Stone Cold doesn’t include the kick. It just seems a little more brutal.
Stone Cold Stunner for the win at 4:28
** Stone Cold Steve Austin vs Bret Hart – Submission Match – Wrestlemania 13 – 3/23/1997
What can I say about this match that everyone hasn’t already said? Me personally, I can’t give it 5 stars, because I don’t think it keeps up with time as well. After seeing matches like Foley vs Orton at Backlash, or HHH vs Batista Hell in a Cell, the hardcore match, when it’s an absolute war between two guys has really had the bar risen, and I just don’t think this one matches up. I find that it’s just a bit too slow in the hardcore aspect, and isn’t as technically kick ass as say Bret’s match against Piper, or Bulldog, also I think Stone Cold bleeds too late in the match, and I tend to really hate crowd brawling. Stone Cold does his own commentary on this, along with JR, and it’s great. It’s really something he should have done for every match. One thing they mention that I’m curious about, perhaps you guys can help, is when they’re brawling in the crowd, JR mentions an nWo shirt, and says that the t-shirt police would have been all over that today. What’s he referring to?
Bret Hart causes Stone Cold to pass out at 22:02
****1/2 Stone Cold Steve Austin [C] vs The Rock – Intercontinental Title Match – IYH: DX – 12/06/97
Stone Cold was still on the mend from the Owen Hart neck incident, so that’s why this match is what it is. I remember watching this match live on the PPV, and running around screaming with joy in my Stone Cold shirt and hat. The people I was with were routing for The Rock, but I was in full blown mark mode, and Stone Cold was my guy since the night after IYH: Final Four. As a mark, I couldn’t have asked for any more from this match. Stone Cold driving a truck, giving a stunner to D-Lo on top of it, whipping people into it, and still managing to beat the Rock, it was great. These days, as a smark, it’s an entertaining match still, and one that everyone should see, but not a show-stealer by any means.
Austin hits the stunner and the pin at 5:42
*** Stone Cold Steve Austin vs Shawn Michaels [C] – WrestleMania 14 – 3/29/98
Honestly, this was my peak as a wrestling fan as a mark. You know how when you’re young, and you can really get into a wrestler without being pathetic? This show is pretty bad if I recall, but I had so much fun. I couldn’t wait for the main event, and I even had my Stone Cold figure on hand. At the time, I thought it was one of the best matches ever, and still had that memory of it even after Stone Cold & Shawn both said they didn’t really like it. Well, seeing it again, me being a mark definitely put a shine on this, because it isn’t as great as it could have been. They botch quite a few things, and never really seem to click. Although, knowing what a complete prick Shawn was at the time, I can take delight in seeing him wince in pain. It’s worth the inclusion though, as it’s a decent enough match, and pretty landmark. Plus, it contains what is easily Stone Cold’s greatest stunner. Hell, they even had this stunner available in No Mercy’s CAW.
Stone Cold hits the stunner and the pin at 20:00
***1/2
DISC 3 Stone Cold Steve Austin [C] vs. Dude Love – WWE Heavyweight Title Match – 5/31/1998
This was a great feud, with Dude Love being the Corporation’s head figure. This match is also on Mick’s DVD, and although a great one, I feel their match at Unforgiven the month before was the better one. This was a great bout with them going all over the place, and Mick once again doing his absolute best to make who ever he’s with look like a million bucks. I do think all the over-book hurt this one though, to be honest. I didn’t need Brisco, Patterson, Vince, and The Undertaker all taking part. Still great though.
Stone Cold hits the stunner and the pin at 22:25
****1/4 Stone Cold Steve Austin [C] vs. The Undertaker – WWE Heavyweight Title Match – SummerSlam – 8/30/1998
This match had an incredible build, and I recall every wrestling fan I knew going out and buying AC/DC’s Highway To Hell. I myself heard the damn song so many times via WWE, that to this day I still don’t want to hear it, but that’s also because I’m not an AC/DC fan. The match is damn fine, and I would have liked to see what they could have done had Steve not been knocked at near the beginning of the match.
The stunner. The pin. 20:52
***1/2 Stone Cold Steve Austin [C] vs. Big Show – WWE Heavyweight Title – Raw 3/22/1999
I have no idea why this match is on here. Basically just showing off that they spent a ton of money to bring in Paul Wight, then jobbed him out a little while later. Oh well, at least he got to go on that bike ride with Undertaker and eat a scorpion.
Stunner. Pin. 9:28
*1/2 Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. The Rock [C] – WWE Heavyweight Title – WrestleMania – 3/28/1999
I know this match doesn’t get a lot of fan fare, but I think it’s great. Sure, Rock hadn’t completely hit his stride yet, but as close as you could get without being there. The reason Stone Cold comes out in a t-shirt, and not his vest, is because he forgot back home. It’s not a big deal, but does make it seem like less of a an event without the vest. To me, they just seem to be throwing all they have at each other, and it truly feels like a war.
Stunner. Pin. 16:52
****1/4 Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. The Rock [C] – WWE Heavyweight Title – WrestleMania – 4/01/2001
Another match that everyone has said everything under the sun about, so I won’t go on too much about it. I use to not like this match much, but I recently watched it two times for this review, so I could get myself a solid rating for it, and I’ve turned the tide. It’s great. One of the things is the interview with Stone Cold & Rock, where they’re in the locker room with JR, and at one point Steve says that he HAS to win this title, it’s all he has, and then proves it with this match. He goes over the top with his intentsity, and his frustration grows & grows as it proves almost impossible to put The Rock down. The Hogan v Andre of The Attitude Era, that’s for sure. I’d give it the full monty if it weren’t for Rock’s ridiculous selling of the stunner, and Vince’s involvement. However, Rock’s facial expression and utterance of “motherfucker” when he realizes it was Vince who stopped the pin, damn near gets it the 5 stars.
27 chair shots, Stone Cold get’s the pin in 33:06
****3/4 4TH DISC The 4th disc is nothing but interviews, vignettes, and segments all through out Stone Cold’s career. It’s an awesome disc that gives you absolutely every classic Austin moment that didn’t take place in the ring. From Monday Nyquil, to buying cowboy hats for Vince & Angle. It’s a fantastic cap on a fantastic set, and shows you all the reasons why Stone Cold became thee man. Last Word: Stone Cold has probably set the record for most releases for a WWE superstar, and it’s with good reason. If you have The Legacy of Stone Cold, you may feel that you don’t need this set, but I beg to differ. The documentary is a fantastic strong point, as we hadn’t really had one about Stone Cold before. It’s great to hear his views over his entire career. The match listing leaves some things desired, but gives you the greatest of the greatest hits and you didn’t get from Legacy. The 4th disc wraps up this entire set and puts a bow on it with an amazing collection of the previously mentioned interviews, vignettes, & segments. Definitely a set worth having, with a final rating of ****3/4
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