A six-time world champion with a tough and rebellious charm, Stone Cold Steve Austin unarguably recorded numerous in-ring accomplishments which saw his torrid rise to the top of the WWE heap. Although the WWE Hall of Famer has stepped away from the ring, he remains one of the league’s greatest entertainers ever and continues to entertain fans on TV and films. Find out how the wrestling legend established himself as one of pro wrestling’s biggest icons in history.
The Texas Rattlesnake was welcomed into the world on December 18, 1964. However, Steve Austin was not raised by his biological father James Anderson as his parents separated when he was only a toddler. His mom, Beverly moved on and remarried Austin’s stepfather Ken Williams. Though born in Austin, Texas, the former WWE star was raised in Edna, Texas with his siblings Scott, Kevin, Jeff, and Jennifer.
Steve Austin’s athletic skills were evident from his days as a student at Edna High School where he played various sports including football. He later won a football scholarship to study at Wharton County Junior College. Steve would have earned a degree in physical education while eventually studying on a full scholarship at the University of North Texas but was short by a few credits. He later ditched college to pursue other interests. Prior to professional wrestling, Steve Austin had to work some odd jobs such as dock loading in order to earn a living.
After working for a while, he caught the wrestling bug and decided to first hone his in-ring skills in Dallas in the year 1989. He later joined the United States Wrestling Association and made his wrestling debut in Texas in 1990. A year later, Austin joined WCW with the stage name “Stunning Steve Austin”.
Call it fate or luck but Austin was later sacked from WCW due to an elbow injury and he moved on to ECW. The muscular wrestler quickly struck a chord in the hearts of many with his tough, trash-talking persona and soon landed a deal with WWE in January 1996. Austin made his WWE debut as “The Ringmaster” and after winning his first contest, his journey to superstardom in WWE was established and “Stone Cold” was born.
The Texas Rattlesnake’s Stone Cold character was that of a villainous alcoholic who endeared himself even more to his audience for fighting his boss. In the course of his glittering eight-year WWE career, Steve Austin had some remarkable bouts with other wrestling superstars. More so, he went on to become one of the most profitable wrestlers in WWE history.
Steve Austin had a decorated in-ring career – he is a six-time WWE world champion, a two-time Intercontinental champion, a three-time Royal Rumble winner and a Triple Crown Champion. Moreover, he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2009. After several memorable WWE appearances, Stone Cold retired from in-ring competition at WrestleMania 19 but didn’t go completely off the scene as he continued to entertain fans in a series of one-off appearances and also undertook some non-wrestling characters.
After retiring from the ring, the six-time world champion caught the acting bug and now has several credits on the silver screen. The Texas Rattlesnake also ventured into business and launched his own beer brand. Steve Austin made his acting debut in 2005 with the movie The Longest Yard. He has since followed up with other film credits including The Condemned (2007), The Expendables (2010), Grown Ups 2 (2013), Finders Keepers (2014), and Smosh: The Movie (2015).
On TV, Steve has appeared in many series such as V.I.P, The Bernie Mac Show, Nash Bridges, Chuck, among others. The WWE Hall Of Famer is also a TV host and can be recognized from shows like Tough Enough, Redneck Island, Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge, and more recently, USA Network’s new docuseries Straight Up Steve Austin. Steve also runs the Stone Cold Podcast which began airing in 2014.
His Net Worth
From a school dropout to a dock loader, down to a regular wrestler living out of his car and then establishing himself as one of the world’s most lucrative wrestlers, Steve Austin has undeniably done well for himself. During his active in-ring years, the ex-WWE star reportedly once made an estimated $1.2 million salary plus a huge sum in merchandising royalties. While his current post-retirement earnings have not been disclosed, the WWE Hall of Famer enjoys a net worth that is currently estimated at $45 million.
Stone Cold Steve Austin’s Wife & Daughters
Steve Austin has made four marital attempts. The six-time world champion was first married to Kathryn Burrhus, his childhood sweetheart from November 1990 to August 1992. Austin quickly moved on and married his second wife Jeannie Clark in December 1992 but their union was also shortlived as they officially parted ways in May 1999. In September the following year, Stone Cold married his third wife and WWE Diva Debra Marshall. But like his previous relationships, it also ended in divorce on the allegations of domestic violence. In 2009, Steve Austin married his fourth wife Kristen Austin, and the couple is still going strong till date.
Steve Austin is a proud father of three daughters. His marriage with Clark produced two biological daughters Stephanie and Cassidy. Austin also adopted Clark’s daughter, Jade from her previous relationship. His other relationships did not produce children.
It is no secret that Steve Austin has a muscular build. Although the Texas Rattlesnake appears way taller onscreen, he actually stands tall at a height of 6 feet 2 inches, complemented by the bodyweight of about 114 kg. His other body stats have not been disclosed.