If there’s one wrestler who defines modern wrestling, it’s Stone Cold Steve Austin, the most white-hot in ring performer of the Attitude Era. It’s hard to decide which crazy moments from Stone Cold Steve Austin's career are the most outrageous. He’s obviously been a part of some of the most groundbreaking angles of all time, and there are some absolutely wild Stone Cold Steve Austin stories.
Austin is basically on the Mount Rushmore of wrestling. Not only did he change the business completely when he dropped his King of the Ring promo in 1996, but he’s managed to transition into an ambassador for the world of professional wrestling with appearances in film and television.
One of the high-water marks of WWE's Attitude Era was the October 5, 1998, episode of RAW where Vince McMahon ended up in the hospital because of an ankle injury. Not only was McMahon forced to deal with Mankind coming to check up on him, but he also had to deal with Dr. Stone Cold stopping by to drop off his prescription for whoop-ass.
The scene was essentially a Three Stooges routine where Austin punched Vince in the ankle before hitting him in the head with a bedpan.
March 23, 1997, was the day Austin became a hero in the eyes of fans at the WWE. His grudge match against Bret Hart at WrestleMania 13 was a submission match, which means you have to make your opponent either tap out or pass out from pain to win. The match itself was an exercise in storytelling, as the two men fought in and out of the ring as guest referee Ken Shamrock tried to keep up.
The most interesting thing about this match was that the dynamic between the two men shifted for the audience throughout the match. Austin, who until that point had been a bad guy, was being turned into a hero, and Hart was becoming a villain.
After Hart sliced open Austin's head with the ring bell and caused Austin to bleed out while he was in the sharpshooter (Hart's signature submission move), he won the match, but Austin would be the truly victorious wrestler that night.
One of the most entertaining matches of Austin's career came at the tail end of Wrestlemania 17. The match was for the WWF championship, and his feud with the Rock had come to a fever pitch. The match had a no DQ stipulation, but that's not what made it so interesting.
Hands down the most exciting thing about this match was the way the two men used each others' finishing moves on their opponent. Austin even used the "million dollar dream" submission that he used as the Ringmaster. This kind of anything-goes style in-ring performance gave the match the feeling that anything could happen.
Was there a vehicle that Austin didn't drive to the ring or around a stadium during his time with the WWE? He definitely drove a zamboni to the ring. He also backed a beer truck up to the ring mid-Vince McMahon promo so he could soak everyone within 50 feet with beer.
He also drove a cement truck through a parking structure so he could fill up McMahon's car with wet cement. Austin seriously loved driving giant vehicles around.
He also used a crane to drop a bomb or something onto the DX Express. To be fair, Austin didn't actually drive the crane - he just stood on it long enough to cut a promo and then he pulled some lever.