“Rock Cold” Steve Austin is considered one of the most influential and greatest wrestlers of all time, and often ranks first in lists of the greatest wrestlers of all time. Stone Cold Steve Austin was a hard worker with a distinctive move set and outstanding mic ability. Stone Cold’s mic skills are considered the best in the wrestling industry and his ability to connect with audiences is unparalleled, with his work in the ring producing some of the greatest fights of all time. During his wrestling career, Stone Cold made The Stunner a legendary maneuver.
Stone Cold Steve Austin was a key figure in the Attitude Era and was an integral part of the company’s development. Stone Cold Steve Austin was ranked #1 on PWI’s list of the Top 500 Wrestlers in 1998 and 1999. His character performance was so refined and compelling that he was named Feud of the Year in 1998 and 1999 for Mr. McMahon. Stone Cold Steve Austin was a six-time WWF Champion, two-time WWF Intercontinental Champion and has won the Royal Rumble three times, the most of any wrestler.
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Stone Cold Steve Austin demonstrated the Ringmaster gimmick in 1995
Stone Cold Steve Austin made his WWF debut in 1995 and had his first match on the December 18 edition of RAW. Austin debuted the Ringmaster gimmick and defeated Matt Hardy in his debut match. As the ring master, Austin attended his first Royal Rumble but was eliminated by rikishi.
After the Royal Rumble, the Ringmaster gimmick was met with little enthusiasm from fans, and Steve also found the Persona weak, leading him to create a new look and gimmick for himself: the “Stone Cold” gimmick, that of a foul – A responsible person who brazenly flouted the law, spoke his mind, drank beer and didn’t care who he offended or if he had friends, and fought to the death. The gimmick would then make history and the character would go down in history as one of the greatest of all time.
Dutch Mantell has now commented on Stone Cold Steve Austin’s Ringmaster act. Mantell explained in the final episode of “Storytime with Mantell” that he informed Steve Austin that the Ringmaster gimmick looked ridiculous and was the worst gimmick he had ever seen. Mantell stated that when Austin discussed a concept with Austin, he replied that he had an idea for himself. Mantel then asked him to present it to Vince McMahon, who agreed, and the rest is history.
“It was stupid. I said him. I said, “Man, that’s the dumbest gimmick I’ve ever seen in my life” and I said, “I have an idea for you”. But he said I have an idea for myself. I said, ‘Okay, then propose it to him.’ He must have suggested it to him because they tried and the rest is history.”
Stone Cold Steve Austin was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2009. He retired from wrestling in 2003 after suffering a serious neck injury but performed sporadically and emerged as an authoritative figure in the later years.
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https://firstsportz.com/wwe-news-mantel-on-stone-cold-steve-austin-gimmick/ “It was stupid. I told him” – Dutch Mantell reveals that he told Stone Cold Steve Austin that his Ringmaster gimmick was one of the worst he’d ever seen