Stone Cold names the match that made him want to become a wrestler. The WWE Hall of Famer became the biggest star in the industry.
Anyone who has ever followed wrestling knows who Stone Cold Steve Austin is. The Texas Rattlesnake was the biggest star during his time in the WWE. Adored by millions around the world, he is the reason why many fell in love with wrestling.
Just as some child saw him on television and dreamt of becoming a wrestler, Stone Cold himself was influenced by a certain match. In a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, he spoke about the time he knew he wanted to be a wrestler.
Stone Cold names the match that made him want to become a wrestler
A young Steve Austin was sat next to his mother in the Sam Houston Coliseum in Houston, Texas. He was watching Dustin Rhodes, his favorite wrestler fight and was losing his cool seeing Rhodes get pummeled by his opponent.
“Dusty Rhodes was bleeding, and he was bleeding bad. There was a security guard right nearby, and I looked over at my mother, who was reading her Redbook magazine, and said, ‘Gawdang, why won’t the security guard help Dusty?’
“I was so angry that no one would help him. I was only seven or eight years old, so it was a shoot to me. That was the defining moment for me; I said right then that’s what I was going to do.”
Stone Cold would regularly go down to the Sportatorium and watch wrestling. He went on to admire several wrestlers but it was Dusty that set him on the track to become a wrestler himself.
“Later on, when I got a scholarship to North Texas State, I was only 30 miles from the Sportatorium. I’d go down there Friday nights and Saturday mornings, throw stuff at the heels, admire the Von Erichs and love the Freebirds. I eventually went to a seminar and joined the business, so the rest is history, but that night watching Dusty was the moment for me. I’ll never forget it.”
Stone Cold would go on to have a first ballot hall of fame career in the WWE. He won the WWF Championship 6 times. Stone Cold also won the Intercontinental Championship twice and the WWF Tag team championship 6 times. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2009.
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