Stone Cold Steve Austin recalls everything that fell in place for Austin 3:16 promo to happen. The WWE Hall of Famer thanked everyone involved.
25 years ago, back in 1996, a certain Steve Austin beat Jake Roberts to win the King of the Ring tournament. Following his win, Austin mocked Robert’s religious faith and created a derision of the Bible verse John 3:16 as Austin 3:16. Thus, the rise of Stone Cold began.
Before that happened however, a lot of other things had to happen, many over which Austin had no control over. During a recent appearance on the Busted Open Radio, the WWE Hall of Famer reflected on everything that kickstarted his legendary Attitude Era run.
Stone Cold Steve Austin recalls everything that fell in place for Austin 3:16 promo to happen
“So many things had to happen for that promo to even happen. That incident had to happen at the Garden where the guys hugged, because Triple H was supposed to win that King of the Ring. Vince tells me I’m going to win. I go in and wrestle Marc Mero, who’s a wonderful human being.
“I was fortunate enough that he kicked me in the mouth. If he’d never kicked me in the mouth, this never would’ve happened. They haul me to the hospital, I get fourteen stitches, come back. Michael P.S. Hayes is right there at the ambulance, telling me ‘hey, Jake just cut a religious promo on you.’ So thank you Jake for cutting a religious promo, thank you Michael P.S. Hayes for telling me that.
“So we didn’t go out there trying to plan a barnburner of a match. It was short and to the point. Then Michael interviewed me and he told me ‘hey man, when Jake was cutting the promo on you, it was kind of religious based.’
“I said ‘well what he say?’ And he told me and that’s when the Austin 3:16 popped into my brain. And I went out there, and I had Austin 3:16, I had ‘because Stone Cold said so’ as a button, cause I knew I needed a button. I came up with it on the fly.
“So many things happened in that promo, but so many events happened to line up. It was almost like it was predestined for that promo to happen. And if none of those events had happened or happened out of order, that promo would’ve never happened.
“That promo gave me two tag lines; 3:16 and ‘because Stone Cold said so’, at one night at an event I was never supposed to win. So I’m entirely grateful for all the pieces and people that fell in place for this to happen.”
— WWE (@WWE) June 23, 2021
Stone Cold went on to become a transcendent star that defined the Attitude Era. He is consideredby many to be the biggest name ever in the world of wrestling.
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