WWE Personified: A Tribute to the Texas Rattlesnake, Stone Cold Steve Austin

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WWE Personified: A Tribute to the Texas Rattlesnake, Stone Cold Steve Austin

Like all true fans of professional wrestling, it's hard to focus on just one wrestler if you are attempting to explain it to a friend or colleague.

It's often a battle of names and historic events that help you solidify your point as a fan of the sport. Stone Cold Steve Austin is one of those names that is forever intertwined with the sport's pure existence. He is in the upper echelon with Shawn Michaels and Undertaker when it comes to his name and everything he gave to wrestling.

There are too many memories to actually boil it down to one specific moment—it is quite impossible.

Austin did things that some professional wrestlers wouldn't even dare of even thinking. His neck was broke by Owen Hart at SummerSlam '97, but he walked out on his own power. It was considered by himself that he may never be able to walk again.

Fast forward, he is wrestling on your screen once again.

That encapsulates Stone Cold Steve Austin and the legacy he's left behind. Rumors swirl about one more return match with CM Punk, but it is not needed. The memories are enough and the legacy will always remain.

This is my return article in the "Personified" series. I have done Edge, Shawn Michaels, Eddie Guerrero and Christian. Now Austin is the man under my microscope as I look at the variables below very closely and develop a worthy tribute to a man that put his neck on the line for World Wrestling Entertainment.

Just like the last article, it will be a four-part slideshow that will contain the man behind the character, his impact on the business, what made him an icon and a "thank you" for the commitment he showed.

And here we go with the...

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