Yet another moment on the list that involves The Rock. Only this time, it's not because of him. This moment will send a shiver down my spine because of the Rattlesnake. The Bionic Redneck. The one and only, Stone Cold Steve Austin.
In April 2000, Triple H and the McMahon family were running things in the WWF. There was one person who they didn't like; The Rock. He took the brunt of their abuse. Until Linda McMahon made the announcement that for Triple H and The Rock's World Wrestling Federation title bout, there would be a special enforcer. That man would be Stone Cold Steve Austin.
Why is that such a big deal? Well Austin had been out the previous five months after (real life) neck surgery. The big question they kept asking was "who's side will Stone Cold be on?"
Backlash 2000. It's time for the WWF title to be decided and all the McMahons in Triple H's corner, it looked as though The Rock had his work cut out for him. Unless, that is, he had Austin in his corner.
Vince made the announcement right before The Rock came out that Austin had been "detained." It looked as though The Rock was going to get screwed out of the title again.
Twenty minutes, and nothing short of a combined beat down effort later, left The Rock helpless with all the McMahon's in the ring helping Triple H to victory. Just as the Pedigree was to seal the deal....GLASS SHATTERS!!!!
Austin comes out to a thunderous roar (one that might be the greatest single second crow pop I have ever seen or heard) and decks everyone in the match with a chair. Except for The Rock. He leaves and The Rock manages to get up and hit the People's Elbow for the 1, 2, 3.
"AUSTIN AUSTIN AUSTIN AUSTIN!!!!!!!!" - JR
Jim Ross' quote above tells the story of every fan that was watching at home or there in the live crowd.
What makes this moment so special for me is not just all the people involved in it. It's actually the way the crowd reacted. The Attitude Era was the greatest for many reasons and one of them is how the crowds were so into everything.
The reaction to Austin's music, the chair shots, and The Rock pinning Triple H is enough to give me the shivers. Truly a classic moment. One that I witnessed live on PPV and one I love to re-live over and over again.