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.
The Time He Whacked Vince McMahon With A Bedpan
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.
That One Time Austin Gave President Trump A Stone Cold Stunner
Austin is one of the most highly decorated and well-respected wrestlers who ever went into the squared circle; he's also the only guy who's ever given his finishing move to a United States President. During Wrestlemania 23, Austin was officiating “The Battle of the Billionaires,” a match where between WWE's Vince McMahon and Donald Trump, the future leader of the free world.
The basic concept of the match was the two billionaires would watch as their respective wrestlers fought for them, kind of like knights jousting for their kings, and the loser would get their head shaved. As the match ended, Stone Cold did what Stone Cold does and he gave everybody in the ringer a stunner.
According to Austin, he asked Trump if he could take the stunner right before the match and that he had to explain the mechanics of the move to the future President's security team:
I briefly explained how the stunner works. I’m gonna kick him in the stomach - not very hard - then I’m gonna put his head on my shoulder, and we’re gonna drop down. That’s the move. No rehearsal, [decided] right in the dressing room, 15 minutes before we’re gonna go out in front of 80,000 people.
The Angle Where Brian Pillman Pulled A Gun On Him
On the November 4, 1996 episode of Monday Night Raw, Austin went to the house of his former tag team partner after breaking his ankle to continue the beat down. In a live interview, Brian Pillman said he was ready for Austin because he had a "9mm glock."
Austin fought his way up to Pillman's house (drowning a guy in a kiddie pool in the act) before breaking in through the back door. Once Austin was inside, Pillman trained the gun on him, and it looked like he pulled the trigger.
The camera cut to static and when the feed returned, Pillman's friends were restraining him. Kevin Kelly was screaming for someone to "call the police," and Pillman's girlfriend was freaking out.
The Night Owen Hart Almost Ended Austin's Career
On August 3, 1997, one of the most frightening moments in Austin's in-ring career came during SummerSlam when he was wrestling Owen Hart for the Intercontinental Championship. During the match, Hart gave Austin a pile driver, driving his head into the mat and causing temporary paralysis.
Austin eventually managed to shake off the stinger and pin Hart in a quick rollup, but the damage was done. Austin's neck wasn't broken, but he had a bruised spinal column and he would have to vacate the title. It would only be a few months before Austin was back in action, returning at the first Raw ever filmed at Madison Square Garden.