Few superstars ever reach main event status, even fewer reach the legendary level, for a Texas born man named Steve Williams, known by fans around the world as Stone Cold Steve Austin he is in a class all by himself. As easily one of the top 5 or even top 3 superstars of all time, Austin always entertained the fans whether it was in or out of the ring, during his time as an active competitor or as Co-GM of Raw or any number of on air appearances he had.
This set features a very in depth documentary where Steve talks about his time growing up in Texas, how he was trained by WCCW star Chris Adams, his time in USWA, then WCW, ECW and of course his start and eventual run as the top guy in WWE. What was enjoyable about this doc. was Steve's honesty about how he was used then fired from WCW, the Ringmaster gimmick in WWE, the injury he suffered in a match with Owen Hart that almost ended his career, the story behind what was occuring during his life at Wrestlemania XV vs. The Rock.
Also how he felt about his heel turn in '01 and saying he would've changed it had he known the backlash, why he walked out in '02, his comeback and last match with Rock at Wrestlemania XIX and how a health scare the night before almost canceled that match and the best part was him talking about having a blast as the Co-GM and Sheriff of Raw. There are many other subjects discussed with comments from guys like Jim Ross, Vince McMahon, CM Punk, The Rock, Mick Foley and others.
The doc. is probably one of the best WWE has ever done as they really took the time to let some details be shown about various parts of Austin's career and Steve's comments and honesty were very refreshing and made this great viewing for long time Stone Cold fans.
Extras on Disc 1
-The Autograph: Steve talks about how he was waiting to listen to Chris Adams talk about his wrestling school when some WCCW fans asked Steve for his autograph even though he wasn't a wrestler.
-Hair Club: Noticing his receding hair line, Austin called Chris up to ask what he should do about it, not getting an answer he called up the Hair Club for Men and decided not to go through with it when he felt it wasn't for hiim.
-The Rattlesnake: Jim Ross came up with the nickname and Austin himself says he doesn't like snakes.
-Tangled: Triple H talked about a time where Steve got tangled in the ropes and that they both were trying not to laugh while this was going on.
-Punked: CM Punk talks about how he and Steve get along and even takes a little shot at Hogan for just walking past him and not even shaking his hand.
-The Stunner: Michael Hayes helped Austin come up with the Stone Cold Stunner, then he says how some people didn't know how to take it, especially Vince. Nice montage of the Stunner being applied to many superstars.
-A music video of some Austin highlights with the song "Bleed For Me" by Zakk Wilde playing.
Blu-Ray Exclusive Matches on Disc 1
-5/16/99, No Mercy, No Holds Barred Falls Count Anywhere Triple Threat Match for the WWE Championship, vs. Triple H w/Chyna vs. The Undertaker: From the U.K. we have this rarely seen match, that starts out in the entrance way with all three men brawling, Shane McMahon was determined for Austin to lose the title on this night. Taker and Trips work Steve over for the early going of the match, Austin does get his shots in including a couple of chair shots on both men but its more of a handicap match until things break down, all three go at it and the Corporate Minstry members come down to beat up Austin, then X-Pac, Kane, the Brood and Mankind come down to run them off. Austin ends up hitting the Stunner of Trips and covers him to retain the title. 8/10
-10/8/01, Raw, WWE Chamionship Match, vs. Kurt Angle (Champion): During the horrifying Alliance angle and the Austin heel turn he had some great matches and this was one of them as he and Angle always did well against each other. Angle was far more aggressive than normal as he threw Austin into the announce table and these two just went all out as Steve targets Kurt's knee and neck. They both trade momentum, Austin gets backdropped onto the exposed concrete, but later slaps on the Boston Crab but Kurt gets to the ropes. Angle then locks the hands and hits a couple of german suplexes but gets a lowblow. Commissioner William Regal prevents Austin from using the title belt but Regal then hits Kurt with it, Austin ends up hitting the Stunner and gets the three count to win the title. 8/10.
-10/21/01, No Mercy, Triple Threat Match for the WWE Championship, vs. Kurt Angle vs. Rob Van Dam: It starts off with Angle hitting some big suplexes on both guys and throughout the match each guy gets their moves in, with RVD shining in the main event getting in his set of unique kicks and flips including a big sunset flip off the top onto both men on the outside. Vince McMahon comes to ringside, Angle hits a big throw on RVD off the top rope. Vince comes in hitting Austin in the back of the head with a chair, RVD hits the frog splash but Kurt breaks up the pin, then he hits RVD with 4 german suplexes and the Angle Slam, but Shane interferes then Vince attacks his son. Austin hits the Stunner on RVD and covers him for three. 8/10.
-3/30/03, Wrestlemania XIX, vs. The Rock: The second best of their triolgy and pretty emotional as this was Austin's last match and you could tell something was different as a lot of Steve's offense was countered by Rock, more than their previous matches. Plenty of brawling in and out of the ring, Rock was in full heel mode even doning Austin's vest at one point. Both men had a great showing and after 3 Rock Bottoms the Rock finally beat Austin at Wrestlemania. 10/10.
-An Introduction by Stone Cold: We here from Steve as he says he picked out what matches he felt were important in his career, even if they were released on other DVDs.
-5/1990, USWA, vs. "Gentleman" Chris Adams: Not much of note here, it was teacher vs. student as Adams tried jumping Steve from behind but Austin saw him coming and knocked him around the ring for a few, but he misses a splash from the top. Chris beats him up on the outside, even using a steel chair, but as he attempted a suplex into the ring, Austin's manager pulled Adams foot and Steve covered him to win. 3/10. Side Note: The commentary team USWA had here was just awful.
-7/30/94, WCW Saturday Night, w/Ric Flair vs. Sting & Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat: With these four you can't go wrong as Sting & Flair worked well together as Ric sold like you know what to make Sting look great. Steamboat & Steve also had some good chemistry here as they had fought numerous times in the past, Ricky hit a big superplex off the top but only for two. Flair hits an impressive delayed suplex but Sting just pops right back up however soon Ric & Steve are able to work Sting over, even Sherri interferes digging her heel into Sting's eye. Steve does well against Sting, then Ricky works over both guys but gets stopped by Austin then tags Flair who can't keep the Dragon down for three. Sting catches Sherri off the top and throws her on Ric on the outside, but during this Steve rolls up Steamboat for three. 8/10.
-6/23/96, King of the Ring, vs. Jake "The Snake" Roberts: After being injured in his first match and going to the hospital to get stitches Austin returned and took it to the veteran in this the finals of the KOTR tourney. Jake had bad ribs from his previous match with Vader and Steve went after them immediately, with kicks and punches and he rips off the tape on the ribs to inflict more punishment. Gorilla Monsoon comes in and asks Jake if he wants to continue and he responds with punches to Steve, tries for the DDT but its countered and Austin hits the Stunner and covers to win. 5/10 for the match, 9/10 for the aftermath where Austin cuts a promo and coins the famous Austin 3:16 phrase.
-3/23/97, Wrestlemania 13, Submission Match, vs. Bret Hart w/Special Referee Ken Shamrock: Probably one of the best matches in Wrestlemania history as this went all over the place, into the crowd, around the ring area and was just an all out brawl. It was Austin's breakout match as he really took it to Bret, who was getting more and more boos during the match since the fans were really pro-Austin. Bret worked on Steve's knee setting up for the sharpshooter while Austin just would not quit as he kept fighting back. The finish is very iconic as Bret had the sharpshooter locked on but Steve wouldn't give up and he finally passed out from the pain and Bret is the winner. 11/10.
-12/7/97, In Your House: D-Generation X, WWE Intercontinental Championship Match, vs. Rocky Maivia: Over a year before the first of many main event clashes between these two, there's this match thats good as the Nation attacks Steve before the match starts, then D'Lo gets Stunned on the roof of Austin's truck. The Nation keeps interfering, Austin keeps turning back the challenge but Rock stays on Steve knocking around the Texas Rattlesnake. Rock tries using brass knucks but Austin hits the Stunner, pins Rock for three to retain the title. 6/10.
-3/29/98, Wrestlemania XIV, WWE Championship Match, vs. Shawn Michaels, w/Special Guest Enforcer Mike Tyson: Coming into this Shawn had a bad back injury but gutted it out to do this match and part way through when Austin launched him into the corner that wrenched his back even more and from then on Michaels was limping around and not able to do his usual moves. Steve was in full aggressive mode as he hammered Shawn around the ring and the end is quite good as they counter each others finishers with Austin hitting the Stunner and covering Shawn to win his first WWE title. 7/10.
-5/31/98, Over The Edge, WWE Title Match, vs. Dude Love, Special Guest Referee, Vince McMahon: Undertaker was at ringside and with all the odds against Austin, he kept having to fight off Patterson & Brisco at ringside, Vince's officiating and of course Foley himself. Its the expected brawl, Foley takes a hard clotheline off the guardrail to the concrete floor, they battle to the stage where Austin gets backdropped onto a car hood. Back in the ring Foley uses a chair and hits a double arm DDT but only gets two, Austin gets the chair and hits a brutal chair shot but Vince won't make the count and he gets smashed with a chair from Foley on accident. After another ref gets knocked out, Taker prevents Patterson & Brisco from making the count and chokeslams both of them through the announce tables. Austin hits the stunner and Vince counts to three with some help from Austin. 10/10.
-8/30/98, Summerslam, WWE Title Match, vs. The Undertaker: This was the match billed as the Highway to Hell match and these two went all out as they usually did. Its a brutal and physical match, in and out of the ring, with Taker promising there would be no outside interference and it was kept between both of them. Austin wins after countering Taker's top rope walk and hitting the Stunner to retain his title. 8/10.
-3/22/99, Raw, vs. The Big Show: This was to hype the upcoming Austin/Rock and Show/Mankind matches at Wrestlemania XV, Rock was on commentary which added some funny elements to it. Show blocked a few Stunner attempts and Austin had to hit Show numerous times with a chair then hit the Stunner and made the cover to win. 6/10.
-3/28/99, Wrestlemania XV, WWE Championship Match, vs. The Rock (Champion): The first of their triology of Wrestlemania matches and while good and even great at times its likely the least of them in my opinion. It is very good though, as both men go to the outside, with Rock choking out Austin with his own shirt and back in the ring he kicks him around before Rock gets sent to the outside and we're into the crowd and up the entrance way before we see the ring again. Both men use the steel chair a couple of times, then Vince makes his way down and him and Rock stomp Austin before Mankind as the ref comes down and punches out Vince. Austin reverses a Rock Bottom, hits the Stunner and makes the cover to win the WWE title. 9/10.
-4/1/01, Wrestlemania X-Seven, No DQ Match for the WWE Championship, vs. The Rock (Champion): The best in their Wrestlemania trilogy as Austin was the overwhelming favorite here as it was in Houston, Texas. The crowd was on fire and the match was picture perfect, plenty of brawling, some actual wrestling, plenty of counters and an unexpected twist as Vince McMahon comes down and ends up helping Steve win the title after Austin hits Rock with so many chair shots its a wonder he was even able to move afterwards. Steve becomes the WWE Champion. 11/10. The post match handshake was certainly a controversial moment in WWE history.
-6/5/93, WCW Saturday Night, A Flare For The Old: Here we have the Hollywood Blondes making fun of Ric Flair, well mainly Brian as he impersonates Flair, even falling asleep while he's interviewing Steve Austin. Funny stuff.
-10/10/95, ECW Hardcore TV, A Bunch Of Violent Crap: Good emotional promo where Austin talks about how he was fired from WCW then how he's so much better than anyone in the ECW locker room.
-10/31/95, ECW Hardcore TV, Monday NyQuil: More funny stuff from Steve as he makes fun of WCW namely Eric Bischoff.
-12/19/95, ECW Hardcore TV, Flat Out Disgusted: Some more good emotional stuff as Steve talks about how he is pissed at himself for having lost his two title matches here in ECW. The best part was him basically begging Eric Bischoff to take him back, well its nothing more than tongue in cheek.
-9/22/96, In Your House: Mind Games, My Exact Opinion of Bret Hart: Good stuff where Austin talks about Bret and tells the world that he doesn't think he's all that.
-10/19/96, Livewire, Stone Cold on Livewire: Austin runs into the studio on live TV and runs down the announcers, then takes phones calls from the fans and runs them down as well in funny fashion.
-11/4/96, Raw, Home Invasion: This was at Pillman's home where he wanted to do an interview talking about how Austin will pay for breaking his ankle. Steve of course shows up, breaks in the house and the infamous gun scene is shown and the footage gets cut off. Pretty tense for that time period.
-3/21/97, Slammy Awards Show, New Sensation Award: The Rock wins the award and talks about happy he was to win this award. The audience is informed that the voting was so close that Austin was in second place, he then moves on to Bret Hart where he says Bret will feel his wrath at Wrestlemania 13.
-3/21/97, Slammy Awards Show, Freedom of Speech Award: This time Stone Cold wins the award and proceeds to cut down those who laugh at pr wrestling then has more words for Bret.
-4/21/97, Raw, Ambulance Attack: As Bret is being carted off and put in an ambulance Steve attacks Hart and brawls with Bulldog and Owen.
-9/22/97, Raw, The World's Most Famous Stunner: Austin and Vince faced off in the ring, where after Steve agreed to work within the system he stunned the chairman, which set off a fantastic rivalry that would go on for years.
-1/19/98, Raw, Tyson & Austin: On Raw we had a face/off between boxer Mike Tyson and Stone Cold, which led to a memorable boiling point that launched the WWE to bigger heights.
-3/30/98, Raw, The Easy Way or The Hard Way: The night after winning the title from Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania Vince is in the ring to present the title to Austin and to let him know that if he's smart he'll learn to do things Vince's way. Steve thinks about it for like 10 seconds then hits the Stunner.
-9/28/98, Raw, Stone Cold Zamboni: As Vince is in the ring to present the WWE title with Kane and Taker, Austin rushes into the arena in a Zamboni, drives it to the the ring and proceeds to punch out Vince. He is then taken to jail shortly after.
-10/5/98, Raw, Paging Dr. Austin: After suffering a busted leg, Vince McMahon was in the hospital, Stone Cold came in disguised as a doctor and proceeded to beat Vince senseless.
-10/12/98, Raw, McMahon's Cement Corvette: Vince drove himself into the arena on Raw in a beautiful corvette, Austin brought a cement truck in and filled the car with the contents.
-10/19/98, Raw, Bang 3:16: In one of the more famous Austin moments, he has Vince in the ring on his knees with a gun to his head, but its all a trick, however Vince is so scared that he pees himself.
-3/22/99, Raw, Stone Cold Beer Truck: On the Raw before Wrestlemania XV, Stone Cold drove a beer truck into the arena then sprayed Rock, Shane & Vince McMahon with beer.
-4/19/99, Raw, The Funeral of Stone Cold Steve Austin: The Rock is in the ring giving a eulogy for Austin, who of course crashes the funeral in a monster truck and beats him up, slamming him with the title belt and knocking him into the gravesite.
-11/19/00, Survivor Series, Austin's Revenge: This took place after their match at the PPV where Steve lifts Triple H's car up with a forklift and drops it.
-3/22/01, Smackdown, Jim Ross Interviews Stone Cold Steve Austin & The Rock: There's expected tension between these two given their upcoming main event title match at Wrestlemania X-Seven. Good comments from both.
-7/5/01, Smackdown, Gift Giving Mood: The famous backstage segment where Steve gives Vince a cowboy hat and Kurt a very goofy one, which got a good reaction from the crowd.
-7/12/01, Smackdown, Mr. McMahon's Alliance Woes: Austin wants to help Vince forget his problems so he brings a guitar in and plays some songs and sings pretty badly. Kurt comes in and takes over singing even worse, which causes Steve to yell at him. Then later all the team WWE members are talking to Vince with Steve chiming in everytime McMahon says something.
-7/19/01, Smackdown, The Old Stone Cold: Vince is so happy the old Austin is back that he proceeds to play a guitar and a song of his own which causes Steve to smash it over his head and leave.
-1/14/02, Raw, Whataburger: Austin is backstage with Michael Cole where he uses his trademark phrase to cut off Cole everytime he talks then tells a story and the What's start flying from the crowd.
-6/7/03, Insurrextion, The Highlight Reel: In the U.K. Chris Jericho and Eric Bischoff are in the ring running down the fans, of course Stone Cold comes down and for the next 15 minutes they banter back and forth which makes this one of the funniest segments WWE has done as Jericho and Austin always played off each other well.
Blu-Ray Exclusive Special Features
-Stone Cold Answers Your Twitter Questions: Nice stuff here where Steve answers the fans questions about various things during his career and what he has going on now in his life.
-The Sportatorium: Austin talks about what an honor it was to wrestle in the famed arena even for a short time.
-The T-Shirt: Steve talks about his ideas for the design of his first shirt and what the story was behind making it happen.
-The Broken Skull Ranch: We get a tour of Austin's ranch which is needless to say huge, pretty cool segment here.
Blu-Ray Exclusive Moments
-5/15/93, WCW Saturday Night, A Flair for the Gold: A good old school interview segment where the Hollywood Blondes run down both Ric Flair and Arn Anderson which was quite funny.
-11/17/96, Superstars, The Biggest Draw in the World: Austin talks about his upcoming match with Bret Hart at Survivor Series where he says he will simply beat him.
-3/23/97, Superstars, The Foundation of WWE: Once again Steve talks about beating the Hitman this time at Wrestlemania 13.
-8/18/97, Raw, You Want a Pear? You Want an Apple?: Jim Ross is interviewing Austin about his injury at Summerslam and says he will make Owen Hart pay when he comes back.
-3/17/03, Raw, Post-Raw: Stone Cold Has Some Words with The Rock: Gret stuff here after Raw went off the air where Austin and Rock banter back and forth though Steve sounds a tad out of it as you could tell he was at the end of his in ring career. There is the expected brawl with Rock gaining the advantage but eventually falling victim to the Stunner.
-4/4/09, Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Mr. McMahon Inducts Stone Cold Steve Austin into the Hall of Fame: Great introduction by Vince and Steve gives a very emotional speech where he talks some about his career and thanks the fans for all their support. Its such a great speech.
-4/5/09, Wrestlemania 25, Stone Cold Steve Austin Salutes Texas: When he's introduced with the 2009 Hall of Fame class, Austin comes down in his ATV and celebrates one last time like only he can.
This is exactly the type of DVD release WWE should do more often, they put in a ton of effort into the documentary and the extras and really showed how important Stone Cold was to the WWE.