Stone Cold Gave Us The True Meaning Of Impact In Pro Wrestling

Adrian StaehleSenior Analyst ISeptember 18, 2009

Impact- The power of making a strong, immediate impression or in other words, which acts only during a short time interval but which is sufficiently large to cause an appreciable change in the momentum of the system on which it acts.

The shirt to the right said it all.

Impact is a word that is used in wrestling a lot, if it short term or long term. We have seen everything from a sudden impact to a lasting impact. When I think of impact from any wrestler it has to come from one man, Stone Cold Steve Austin.

Sure Hogan had an impact, a strong impact but he was never crossed that line.

Thesz was a originator but didn‘t make that great impact.

Hardy was extreme, Taker was dominate, Styles and Cena have had a sudden impact that has carried for years.

Hart was great but did not make a great impact and Edge is a opportunist and that is making a sudden impact but only when the opportunity is there it was not costent.

Austin was making a impact inside and outside of the ring and he did one thing that those I talked about above didn’t, he crossed that line. He drank beer, gave everyone the finger, he was a foul mouth SOB and most important he did what he wanted when he wanted.

Austin was everything the fans wanted to be and could live through, when the glass broke the goose bumps came to the fans and me especially so fast.

It wasn’t until Austin put Stone Cold in front of his name until he became the man who was going to whoop ass and take names like he put so gingerly.

His impact that started that night where he would become King of the Ring in 1996 would turn heads and fans to his attention when he gave one of the greatest promos/segments in wrestling history.

Austin 3:16 Promo

Stone Cold was changing the landscape of the WWE and he would have one of the greatest matches and rivalries in wrestling history in my eyes at WrestleMania 13 against Bret Hart in a match that favored one man but would turn out to change the fans feeling to another.

Bret Hart and Austin Rivalry

WrestleMania 13 Highlights

Austin had made a sudden impact but he had to make it last and would with one of the greatest feuds in wrestling history and it wasn’t with any wrestler, but with his boss Vincent Kennedy McMahon.

The countless moments of Austin making McMahon’s life a living hell and always one step ahead of Vince and doing everything to destroy Vince.

Austin vs. Vince Promo 1

Austin vs. Vince Promo 2

Austin vs. Vince Promo 3

Austin had become champion, beat down every single person that crossed his path, he beat down his boss and made his life a living hell. Austin did it all with in a few years and is the greatest wrestler in the WWE.

Austin would make a catchphrase that was so simple but still popular even since the day he left….What?

The catchphrase would piss off someone very unhappy.

Part 1

Part 2

Stone Cold…What?

Austin had been in countless matches with some of the greats like The Rock, Triple H, Bret Hart, Owen Hart and the Undertaker had still are talked about today. The one rivalry that is said that is the best would be the matches with The Rock.

Austin and The Rock at WrestleMania

The Rock vs. Stone Cold

Austin has done it all and got into the Hall of Fame this past year and it was one of the greatest moments of my young life to watch him take his rightful place in history.

Hall of Fame Promo

Austin HOF speech

If you still think Austin still didn’t make a impact well here are a few things he has done in his career.

Pro Wrestling Illustrated:

Feud of the Year: Vince McMahon 1998 & 1999

Match of the Year: Bret Hart WrestleMania 13

Most Hated Wrestler: 2001

Most Popular: 1998

Rookie of the Year: 1990

Wrestler of the Year: 1998, 1999 & 2001

Ranked No.1 out Top 500: 1998 & 1999

Wrestling Observer Newsletter:

5 Star Match: Wrestle War in a War Games match in 1992 & WrestleMania 13 vs. Bret Hart

Best Gimmick: 1997 & 1998

Best Heel: 1996

Best Interviews: 1996-98, 2001

Feud of the Year: Hart Foundation, 1997 & Vince McMahon 1998-99

Match of the Year: Bret Hart WrestleMania 13

Most Charismatic: 1997 & 1998

Rookie of the Year: 1990

Wrestler of the Year: 1998


Million Dollar Champion- 1 Time

WWE Champion- 6 Times

WWE Intercontinental Champion- 2 Times

WWE Tag Team Champion- 4 Times

King of the Ring-1996

Royal Rumble Winner- 1998, 1999 and 2001

Fifth Triple Crown Champion

WWE Hall of Famer 2009 (Head of the Class)


In conclusion Austin did one thing that none of the wrestlers could ever do give us goose bumps and adrenaline rush at the same time. Every week we were tuning at the same Stone Cold time, same Stone Cold Channel!

No matter what Austin did we tuned in and watched him raise hell and always asked our opinion on it as we gave him one big HELL YA!

Austin has made the greatest impact the evidence is here for you to read and maybe change the minds of many of you who read this because he convinced me a long time ago that he would do it and he has.

I will leave you with a video with Stone Cold and Vince.


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