Friday, February 4, 2011

Top 5 Stone Cold Steve Austin Matches

Since I couldn't see any of the Thursday night wrestling shows, I decided to throw up a quick review, top 5, just to give you guys something to check out, sorry. I am broke, no one buys anything from amazon using my links, I haven't had a job in 20 months, and don't own a tv or cable.

Stone Cold Steve Austin has had some amazing matches throughout his career. Although it was cut short, he still is one of the greatest superstars to ever lace up the boots and hit the WWE running. I loved him throughout his career, and I wanted to compile a list of matches that would be worth checking out, even today. These matches span not only his WWF/WWE career but also his WCW career as Stunning Steve Austin.

5. Stone Cold Steve Austin Royal Rumble 1997 - The 1997 Royal Rumble was one of the best overall Rumble matches ever, and it wasn't because the match itself was anything special, except for a few story lines that were pushed throughout the event. The main focal point on this one, was Stone Cold throwing out people left and right, then looking to his wrist as if it were a watch, waiting for the next entrant, and guess who it was? Bret Hart. Hart and Stone Cold would fight and eventually Stone Cold got thrown out, but while the Ref was watching Mick Foley they missed Stone Cold's departure, and he got back into the ring and threw out Hart, outlasted Taker and Vader and made it to win the 1997 Royal Rumble! This performance was so good, that it made the 97' Rumble one of the best matches ever. The match forced a Final Four match at the next ppv which was amazing, and then it would set up the #1 pick later on.

4. Stunning Steve Austin vs. Brian Pillman Clash of the Champions XXV - AH yes, The Clash of the Champions, the great ppv like quality event that aired on TBS and got better ratings than any modern day Raw. This match proved to be interesting because Stunning Steve was splitting up the Hollywood Blonds and was going solo. This match had both men at their prime battling it out, and well, it is still a classic. Pillman is so under rated, and Austin was showing signs of being the better man.

3. Stunning Steve Austin & Brian Pillman vs. Dos Hombres (Ricky Steamboat & Tom Zenk) - This match took place inside a Steel Cage. Wikipedia said that it was Tom Zenk under the mask, but I was under the impression that it was Shane Douglas. This match was another instant classic, one that featured some amazing moments. The finale was great, with all the guys flying across the ring, and Austin hitting his finisher The Stun Gun to get the win for the Blonds.

2. Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. The Rock "No DQ" Wrestlamania XVII - One of the greatest ppv's of all time. This is one of my favorite Wrestlemania's of all time. The main event was an incredible match and it featured some of the best work from Rock and Austin. Austin was obviously going under in this match, but it was Vince that would help Austin not only turn on the fans but get the title and go out victorious. The Rock was screwed over by Vince, Austin turned, and everyone went nuts when it all was said and done.

1. Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Bret Hart "Submission Match" Wrestlemania XIII - My favorite Austin match was even better than the Survivor Series 96 match that these to made into a four star classic. Austin got busted open the hard way mid-match, and Hart went completely nuts, and wouldn't stop beating the hell out of an unconscious Steve Austin. This was made classic because Hart turned heel, Austin turned face, and Ken Shamrock was introduced to the WWF audience at the time. This match was brutal, and saved a lackluster ppv from being one of the worst Wrestlemania's ever. Austin doing push ups during the Sharpshooter, desperately trying to get out and bleeding all over, was just amazing.

I know, Austin has had a ton of greater matches but as far as a top 5, here are the greatest for me. Yes, he took on Jake The Snake, sure he took on Kane, Undertaker, Mankind, Dude Love, Triple H, and so many others, but I think these were great for me. All of these matches are featured on the Legacy of Stone Cold Steve Austin 3 Disc dvd set.

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