We hereby declare 3/16 Stone Cold Steve Austin Day.
The Texas Rattlesnake, Stone Cold Steve Austin is the most popular wrestler of all-time. Yes, I will happily put Austin ahead of Hulk Hogan and The Rock. So what does March 16th have to do with Steve Austin?
Well, Stone Cold’s popularity in wrestling and mainstream culture skyrocketed when he famously coined the phrase “Austin 3:16 says I just whooped your ass” during a post-match interview with Freebird Michael Hayes (then known as Dok Hendrix). The catchphrase caught on instantly and WWE soon had their biggest star ever during a time in which the company desperately needed one. Hence why every 3/16 is the day we should all raise hell and chug a beer like Stone Cold.
Long before the hall-of-famer was dishing out Stone Cold Stunners and chugging beers as victory celebrations, Austin got his professional wrestling start in Dallas at the beloved Sportatorium. Austin was trained by the Gentleman Chris Adams and later wrestled in both World Class Championship Wrestling and then the United States Wrestling Association. From there Austin went to WCW, where he performed for several years before getting infamously fired over the phone. A few years later, the Stone Cold persona was born in the WWE and 3:16 became three of the most famous numbers in professional wrestling.
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So how should one go about celebrating Stone Cold Steve Austin Day? Take a swig of beer for the working man, answer any yes/no question with either a “Hell yeah” or a middle finger, and finish your thought by stating it's the bottom line because Stone Cold said so.