know you sit there and you thump your bibles and you say your prayers and it
didn't get you anywhere. Talk about your psalms, talk about John 3:16. Austin
3:16 says I just whipped your ass. Steve Austin's time has come and that's the
bottom line 'cuz Stone Cold says so." - Stone Cold Steve Austin
was the end of the 80's. While the WWF
had ingrained themselves in popular culture, Hulk Hogan and co. lead the company
to a point so high, that it seemed that there was nowhere to go but down. Thanks
to a lack of wrestlers that captured the attention of the public and the fact there were other promotions (ECW, WCW)
competing for viewers, this led to a lull in the WWF. All that
changed with the "Attitude" era, which was ushered in by Shawn Michaels,
the Rock, Triple H, and
the subject of the latest WWE release, Stone Cold Steve Austin.
the Legacy Of Stone Cold Steve Austin is a three-disc set that collects matches
from Austin's time in the WWF/E, as well as throwing a couple from his time in the WCW and
ECW. While those promotions saw Steve delivering matches which should've put him
over much faster, he was stuck in a rut until Eric Bischoff decided to fire him
from ECW. This event, as well as a nurturing environment provided by ECW and Paul
Heyman, resulted in Steve exploding in the WWF and, to this day, sharing in the
same adoration that fans show wrestlers such as Hulk Hogan, Bret Hart and Roddy Piper.
Each disc runs roughly 2 1/2 hours and there are the briefest of introductions
Disc One [2 hours 32 minutes] :
There are also the following extras:
- Though it's not chaptered, the disc starts out
with Steve briefly talking
about his early days...VERY briefly.
- Steel Cage Match For the WCW Tag Team
Championship - Slamboree - 5/23/93 [Hollywood Blonds vs. Dos Hombres]
[16m 34s] - In this very entertaining match, Steve and Brian take on Ricky "the Dragon" Steamboat
and Shane Douglas aka Dos Hombres in a steel cage.
- Relationship with Brian Pillman
[57s] - Austin spends a quick minute talking about Brian and how they became successful in spite of
- Clash Of the Champions XXV - 11/10/93 [Stunning Steve Austin with
Col. Parker vs. Flyin' Brian Pillman] [10m 3s] - I thought this was a
pretty good match between the two - until the slightly messy ending.
- Not Exactly Stunning - Steve talks about his frustration at
being able to get over the hump to the "next level" at the WCW. He mentions
consulting Ricky Steamboat and asking him if he's missing something in the ring. Steamboat's
response? "Not a thing."
- WCW United States Heavyweight Championship Match - Clash Of the Champions
XXVIII - 8/24/94 [Stunning Steve Austin vs. Ricky "the Dragon" Steamboat]
[16m 36s] - This was a pretty good match with lots of back 'n forth and it
confirms Steamboat's response.
- the Writing Was On the Wall [2m 27s] - Steve talks about being
fired by Eric Bischoff after 4½ years in the WCW and how Paul Heyman called him to
come Philly to just cut promos.
- Steve A' Mania - Gangsta's Paradise - 9/16/95 [1m 15s] - Steve
delivers a truly
funny shoot on Hulk Hogan.
- Just Go Ahead and Start Running Your Mouth [1m 38s] - Austin
talks about Heyman's relationship with the wrestlers at ECW.
- "No Baby That's For Somebody Else" - Hardcore TV - 10/10/95
[6m 14s] - Steve vents his WCW frustrations in this brilliant shoot that
displayed flashes of the "Stone Cold" character to come.
- the Style of ECW [1m 55s] - Steve talks about Heyman and the
brutality of ECW.
- Triangle Match For the ECW World Heavyweight Championship - Beware of Dog
2 - 5/28/96 [Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Mikey Whipwreck vs. Sandman]
- I Got the Call [2m 17s] - Austin talks about Vince contacting
him and inviting him to WWE. Initially known as "the Ringmaster", he
about working with Savio Vega and mentions their first Caribbean Strap Match.
Half way through the match, there's a blackout and Steve and Savio continue
wrestling in the dark.
- Caribbean Strap Match - In Your House - 5/28/96 [Stone Cold
Steve Austin vs. Savio Vega] [24m 52s] - During the second "Caribbean Strap
Match" in a couple days, there's a stipulation that if Austin loses this match, Ted DiBiase (his
manager at the time) has to leave the WWF.
- Birth of Austin 3:16 [2m 55s] - Austin talks about being ready to
be a solo wrestler once DiBiase leaves. He also talks about the King Of the Ring PPV
and how, after coming back from getting his lip stitched up, he was told that Jake
"the Snake" Roberts cut a religious-based promo on him. When the match
was finished, the "Stone Cold" era is born when Steve delivers the quote at the
beginning of this review. Segueing into the next match, Austin ends the segment
by talking about Bret handpicking him to be his comeback
- #1 Contender Match For the WWE Championship - Survivor Series - 11/17/96 [Stone
Cold Steve Austin vs. Bret "Hit Man" Hart] [35:42]
- the Name - Steve Austin
- SummerSlam Free-For-All - 8/18/96 [Stone Cold Steve Austin vs.
- Shotgun Saturday Night - 1/18/97 [Stone Cold Steve Austin/Terry Funk
Disc Two [2 hours
There's also the following extra:
- the Most Important Match Of My Career
[2m] - Austin talks about how his submission match against Bret Hart at WM 13
turned out to be an "unbelievable match" despite Steve's bad knee and was the one responsible for making Hart a heel
and putting Steve over. He also mentions how "very eerie" it was to watch the
- WWE Championship Match - Cold Day In Hell - 5/11/97 [Stone Cold Steve
Austin vs. Undertaker] [28m 48s] - Austin takes on the Undertaker,
the WWF's top draw at the time, as the Hart Foundation watches from the front
row. Though Steve had a brace on his left leg, it was great to see both wrestlers
at their peak.
- Oil and Water [1m 5s] - After declaring "I have never seen Shawn
Michaels screw things up", Steve talks about working with HBK and how their
differences are like "oil and water"; whereas Shawn was flashy and a
"heartbreaker", Austin would come out in black boots and a black vest and
while he might
not put on a technically impressive match, he'll kick your ass.
- World Tag Team Championship Match - Raw - 5/26/97 [Shawn Michaels &
Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Owen Hart & British Bulldog]
- You Better Bring Your Best [40s] - Steve talks about his matches
against Shawn and says that some of their best matches were house shows. What a shame
they're not on DVD.
- King Of the Ring - 6/8/97 [Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Shawn Michaels]
[30m 29s] - It's a shame that there aren't commentary tracks during the
matches on this disc. I'd love to hear Austin's comments on the young fan who
storms the ring and is eventually lead away by Shawn.
- You Never Know What You're Gonna Get With Mick [1m 8s] - Austin
praises Mick and states that Mick might be crazy in the ring, but he's smart out of it.
He also mentions how
there were boundaries between Mick's gimmicks (characters) and they never bled over.
- World Tag Team Championship Match - Raw - 7/14/97 [Stone Cold Steve
Austin & Dude Love vs. Owen Hart & British Bulldog] - Though
Austin does most of the work, Mick err, sorry...Dude Love comes in and reaps the
Kiss My Ass [57s] - Austin shares his thoughts on the Intercontinental
strap as he talks about his match against Owen at SummerSlam.
- WWE Intercontinental Championship Match - SummerSlam - 8/3/97 [Stone
Cold Steve Austin vs. Owen Hart] [21m 13s] - Not only is the IC
title on the line, but if Austin doesn't win the match, he has to kiss Owen's ass.
- WWE Champion [3m 45s]- Steve talks about the piledriver that was responsible for him being out of the WWE for 3-4 months.
Once recovered, he talks about coming back and getting involved in a program against Shawn Michaels
which also involved Mike Tyson.
- World Championship Match - Unforgiven - 4/26/98 [Stone Cold Steve
Austin vs. Dude Love] [24m 26s] - Content aside, I was really
distracted by the annoying blurring of the "F" in WWF. During this match, Vince was sitting ringside and Austin was wondered if he was
going to interfere in the match and screw Steve since the last time Vince was
ringside, someone else got screwed.
- Vince Stacking the Odds Against Me [1m 1s] - After being in the
hospital for three days with a staph infection, Austin is thrust into a program
against Kane. He talks about how hard it would be to make Kane bleed during
their "First Blood" match, since Kane was wearing a mask.
- First Blood Match For the WWE Championship - King Of the Ring - 6/28/98 [Stone
Cold Steve Austin vs. Kane] [18m 6s] - This was a pretty good match that
briefly turns into a Hell In A Cell. While the blurring was distractingly
annoying in Steve's match against Dude Love, there was one point in the match
where it was damn near unbearable since Kane spent a lengthy amount of time in
front of the apron where
the "WWF" scratch logo was located.
- I Want A Re-Match [1m 21s]
- WWE Championship Match - Raw - 6/29/98 [Stone Cold Steve Austin vs.
Kane] [13m 22s] - The night after the "First Blood" match, Stone Cold challenges Kane to a rematch for
the belt. Continuing the pattern of "leaving out of details" regarding
some matches, we learn from JR that there was a stipulation that Kane
would have to set himself on fire if he didn't win the match.
Disc Three [2 hours 22 minutes] :
- He Brought Out the Best In Me [2m 5s] -
Austin talks about the many feuds against the Rock and how they brought the best
out of each other.
- No Holds Barred Match For the WWE Championship - Backlash - 4/25/99 [Stone
Cold Steve Austin vs. the Rock] [21m 45s] - Having missed both of their initial runs in the WWE, it was great watching them tussle. Shane's
the special guest referee, and while it's a given that the Spanish announce
table was going to bite it, it was interesting seeing a Stone Cold Stunner in
first person POV before it happens.
- Out For A Year [1m 10s] - Austin talks about being run over by
a car during
Survivor Series '99, his year-long break after spinal cord
surgery and a match he requested against the late, great Eddie
- Non-Title Match - SmackDown - 11/16/00 [Stone Cold Steve Austin vs.
Eddie Guerrero] [6m 45s] - Frankly, I had no idea that Stone Cold had ever
wrestled Eddie, so I was pleasantly surprised during this short, but sweet match
which took place on SmackDown!. Come to think of it, I hope we get another Eddie
Guerrero collection. But I digress..
- Game Over [1m 26s] - Austin complements HHH and describes him
as another guy
that wants to have "the best match on the card".
- No Disqualification Match - Survivor Series - 11/19/00 [Stone Cold
Steve Austin vs. Triple H] [25m 43s] - This was as good as I
expected, in spite of Austin mentioning that he didn't feel as if he was firing on all cylinders during the match.
Quite surprisingly, the Spanish announce table makes it through
the match unscathed, the "Attitude" blurring isn't as bad as it was during
Austin's match against Kane and the ending made me realize it's been awhile since the WWE ended a match the way this one ended (though I think this one was faded
before the true end).
- One Of My Favorites [59s] - Steve talks about the next match as
being one of his favorites in his time at the WWE.
- Three Stages Of Hell Match - No Way Out - 2/25/01 [Stone Cold Steve
Austin vs. Triple H] [42m 31s] - This was basically a 3 falls match - the first
one, a traditional match, the second was a street fight and the third
was a Hell In A Cell. It was a great match and highly entertaining for each one
of the 42 minutes.
- It Resurrected Me [1m 11s] - Austin talks about the
buildup to the WM X-7 match and how he considers it one of his most exciting and favorite matches ever
- No Disqualification Match For the WWE Championship - WrestleMania X-7 -
4/1/01 [Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. the Rock] [35m 30s] - Man,
was the attitude blurring annoying during this match. Unlike the Survivor Series
match against HHH, this one goes on for three minutes after the bell rings.
- I Had So Much Fun [2m 25s]
There are also the following extras:
- Stone Cold Is the Gladiator [2m 1s] - Stone Cold's homage to the
movie Gladiator from WrestleMania 21 - with the middle finger blurred out.
- Behind the Scenes Of the WrestleMania Commercial - the WWE Experience
- 4/10/05 [1m 58s] - A brief look behind the scenes at the promo above.
- Stone Cold Is Not Vince's Son - Saturday Night's Main Event - 8/18/07
- During Vince's quest to find out who his illegitimate son is, Stone Cold
makes an appearance to let him know who it ain't.
Packaging: the Legacy Of Stone Cold Steve
Austin's packaging is similar to
the New &
Improved DX collection, save for a flap on the inner left side that
holds a 2 page booklet. (Click the link for a picture).
Video: the Legacy Of Stone Cold Steve
Austin is presented in the WWE's standard full frame 1.33:1 ratio and since
the footage was far from old, there weren't any issues that would distract from
ones enjoyment of this collection. Well...aside from the blurring of the
"Attitude" scratch logo.
Audio: There were no issues with the Dolby Digital 5.1 track, which was clear
as a bell.
Conclusion: If you're a regular reader for my WWE reviews, you've probably
heard me mention that I was a wrestling fan in the late 70's/early 80's and I
stopped watching in the late 80's, so all of this material is new to me.
Watching the Legacy Of Stone Cold Steve Austin was a good experience, but I
don't know much more about the man than I did before I watched it. Sure, I know
he's foul mouthed and has been known to swill some beer, but the disc doesn't
provide much personal information ala John Cena, Shawn Michaels or even Bret
Hart's collections did. Then again, when it comes down to it, i'm sure Stone
Cold would want his legacy to be his in-ring work. In that aspect, this 3-disc
set succeeds. Highly Recommended.