30 Behind The Scenes Facts About 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin Many Fans Don't Know.

The Texas Rattlesnake's rise to the top of the WWF during the Attitude Era was a remarkable run that has not been matched since. His matches with the Rock and storylines with Kurt Angle will never be forgotten. He is a superstar in every sense of the word.

Here are 30 facts you may not have known about him.

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1/30. In his professional debut, Austin, wrestling under his real name, defeated Frogman Lablanc. He received $40 for the night.

2/30. People date the beginning of the attitude era from when Brian Pillman pointed a gun at Stone Cold on live air and the broadcast cut to commercial. People sat through the commercials wondering if Austin had been shot. It was an incredibly controversial story line at the time, and probably couldn't be done today.

3/30. Won first WWF title on March 29, 1998 by defeating "The Heartbreak Kid", Shawn Michaels.

4/30. Has had several serious injuries including a neck injury that kept him out of the ring for 8 months.

5/30. Austin and Hulk Hogan is considered the match that never was. Though they were at the height of their popularity, and in the same promotion, they never wrestled one-on-one. They did, however, once wrestle against each other in a tag team match. Hogan even body slammed him.

6/30. He lost to Bret Hart - aka Bret The Hitman Hart - in all four of their encounters. While Austin never pinned Bret Hart in a TV/PPV encounter, he did not lose all of their matches. Austin lost Hart's Return match at Survivor Series 1996 and passed out at the "I Quit" match at Wrestlemania 13 (though he never said I quit). However at the April 1997 PPV, Austin won by DQ against Bret when the Hart Foundation interferred while Austin had Bret trapped in Bret's own signature submission move, the Sharpshooter. The following night on Raw, it took several WWF officials to pull Austin off Bret in a "Street Fight" where Austin again had Bret trapped in the Sharpshooter for several mintes. Austin severely injured Bret's leg and allegedly attacked him in the ambulance after the match was over. Since it was a no-DQ match, Austin it is presumed Austin won the match due to Bret's injury.

7/30. His ex-wife Jeannie, was married to British wrestler "Gentleman" Chris Adams, who trained Austin in the sport. Jeannie served as Austin's valet for several years. She was known as "Lady Blossom" and used to wrestle Adams' second wife Toni, in mixed tag-team matches (Austin would be her partner while Adams teamed with his wife).

8/30. Stone Cold got his nickname from his ex wife. She was British and she served Steve Austin some hot tea, and at the time he was thinking of a new nickname because "Stunning" wasn't cool enough anymore. So when his then wife noticed he wasn't drinking his tea she said, "You'd better drink your tea before it gets Stone Cold.". And that is the story of Stone Cold Steve Austin's nickname.

9/30. On March 18, 2002, due to "creative problems", Steve walked out on the WWF and did not show up for the scheduled Raw taping in Montreal. On June 10, 2002, Steve did the exact same thing, walking out and left for home in San Antonio, Texas. Both of these were done without notice and without WWF company approval.

10/30. Steve Austin held the WCW tag title with Brian Pillman. Once beating Steamboat/ Douglas then lost the tag titles when Brian Pillman broke his ankle and was forced to team with Regal.11

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12/30. One reason for his falling-out with WCW was his wanting to team with WCW newcomer Hulk Hogan, which Eric Bischoff stated that he couldn't see happening.

13/30. The gold chain "Stone Cold" wears was given to him by his tag team partner at the time, the late "Flyin" Brian Pillman right before they made their debut as "The Hollywood Blondes" in WCW.

14/30. While in WCW, he once traveled with Mick Foley and Dallas Page. Because Page was so easy to rile up on a trip, he and Foley pulled a number of stunts trying to see how long it would take Page to crack.

15/30. Says his best match is the Submission match he had with Bret Hart at WrestleMania 13 in 1997.

16/30. Learned the Stone Cold Stunner from Michael PS Hayes (once a member of the Fabulous Freebirds).

17/30. The "What?" gimmick started on an August 2001 episode of RAW, during the time he was the ring leader of the WCW faction. While asking Hugh Morrus (Bill DeMott) why he lost his last match, he followed up each question with "What?". It quickly became part of the wrestling crowd's vocabulary, even though Austin himself doesn't say, "What?"

19/30. When he was going to make his WWE debut against "good guy" Bret Hart, Austin based his "don't give a damn" character from a movie called the Ice Man, a movie about a cold-hearted killer. He believes that this would give him an edge to become a villain. His ex-wife Jeanie gave him the nickname "Stone Cold". But when facing Hart, he was shocked that everyone was cheering for him. Since then, Stone Cold Steve Austin became an "anti-hero" and would use his finishing move, the Stone Cold Stunner, on anyone who gets in the ring with him; whether the person is good or bad.

20/30. Was the first wrestler to ever kick out of the Rock's finisher "The Rock Bottom" at Wrestlemania XV.

21/30. He was scheduled to wrestle Johnathan "The Coach" Coachman at the "Taboo Tuesday" PPV, but pulled out of the match because he learned he would be 'jobbing' to "The Coach," and said that he was not impressed with the Jim Ross storyline.

22/30. Stone Cold broke Owen Hart's neck with a Tombstone Piledriver. 5 years later, Owen Hart did the same exact move on Austin, breaking his neck.

23/30. One reason for being fired by WCW in 1995 as he was not considered to be a 'marketable' wrestler.

24/30. his theme song was based on Rage Against The Machine's song "Bulls on Parade". Stone Cold took the song to WWE's music producer Jim Johnston to make him a song based on it.

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25/30. He held 21 championships throughout his wrestling career, is a six-time WWF Champion, a two-time WWF Intercontinental Champion, and a four-time WWF Tag Team Champion, and this actually makes him just the fifth Triple Crown Champion in WWE history.

26/30. Austin would often referee matches after retiring from wrestling.

27/30. Austin was the first member of the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2009.

28/30. Austin only wrestled two matches during his time in ECW, losing twice to their then champion. Austin never won a match in ECW.

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29/30. Austin refused to fued with Jeff Jarrett, though no one knows exactly why.

30/30. He is a Six-time World Wrestling Federation Champion.

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