WWE 13- Jim Ross Interviews CM Punk & Stone Cold... by Alessandro_DiTerlizzi

Jim Ross interviews Stone Cold Steve Austin and CM Punk: October 4, 2012

They’re just talking about videos … of course.

"Macho Man" Randy Savage, "Nature Boy" Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, the Big Show, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, Davey Boy Smith
Not sure when this was taken — maybe the mid-’90s — but this is quite the collection of wrestling stars in one photo. This was posted on the Wrestling Observer’s message board, and a poster there wrote that the photo belongs to Rich Minzer, who runs a gym in Venice Beach (he’s supposedly next to Davey Boy in the photo).

"Macho Man" Randy Savage, "Nature Boy" Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, the Big Show, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, Davey Boy Smith

Not sure when this was taken — maybe the mid-’90s — but this is quite the collection of wrestling stars in one photo. This was posted on the Wrestling Observer’s message board, and a poster there wrote that the photo belongs to Rich Minzer, who runs a gym in Venice Beach (he’s supposedly next to Davey Boy in the photo).

WWE.com ranks the 15 greatest T-shirts in wrestling history: July 2012
A fun look back at the best shirts — some of which are in my dresser right now. “Stone Cold” Steve Austin’s “Austin 3:16” shirt is No. 1. There’s also Chris Jericho’s “WCW Monday Night Jericho,” the DX logo shirt, King Kong Bundy’s tee and “Macho Man” Randy Savage’s signature shirt. Really cool stuff that’s tempting me to hit eBay.

WWE.com ranks the 15 greatest T-shirts in wrestling history: July 2012

A fun look back at the best shirts — some of which are in my dresser right now. “Stone Cold” Steve Austin’s “Austin 3:16” shirt is No. 1. There’s also Chris Jericho’s “WCW Monday Night Jericho,” the DX logo shirt, King Kong Bundy’s tee and “Macho Man” Randy Savage’s signature shirt. Really cool stuff that’s tempting me to hit eBay.

"Stone Cold" Steve Austin explains why he wasn’t at Raw 1,000: July 23, 2012
The biggest absence from the 1,000th episode of Raw was obviously “Stone Cold.” The initial thought was Austin was on the set of Adam Sandler’s Grown Ups 2 and couldn’t get away. Not the case.
Austin explained on his website that he recently underwent “major knee surgery” and wasn’t about to hobble down to the ring. Nuh uh. That’s not the “Stone Cold” we know.
"STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN IS A 100% ASS KICKING MACHINE," Austin wrote. "There was no way I was going to limp down the ramp on crutches for RAW 1,000."
SCSA was definitely missed, but his explanation is understandable. 
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On July 23, 2012 WWE celebrated the 1,000th episode of Monday Night Raw. I watched the show from my home in Los Angeles. After watching the show, I got on my Twitter account, @steveaustinBSR, to read responses to the show. There were many people blaming Vince McMahon and the WWE for not having SCSA on the show. And there were some folks who had some very negative things to say about me, personally.
The reason I did not attend RAW 1,000 was because I underwent a major knee surgery on my left knee on July 2, 2012. Dr. Neal ElAttrache of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles, CA performed the surgery.
The surgery  was a complete success. I am currently three weeks post op. I began physical therapy a few days ago. I had a world class surgeon and a great medical team working on me. I am now working with a top notch PT team. I am still on crutches and will probably lose the crutches in another week. Then I will be in a custom knee brace much like the braces I wore in the ring for 9-12 weeks.
STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN IS A 100% ASS KICKING MACHINE. There was no way I was going to limp down the ramp on crutches for RAW 1,000. It was time to get my knee fixed. The decision to no-show RAW 1,000 was made by me and no one else. I have always taken pride in making my shots and have never faked an injury or illness. Pro Wrestling is a tough game and it was time to pay the piper for some of the damage I incurred in the ring. No gripes.  No complaints.
To the fans that were hoping to see SCSA, I’m sorry I missed the show. I would have loved to be there under different circumstances. I normally keep my personal business to myself, but due to feedback and incorrect speculation, I have posted this blog and given the 411 on why I was not at RAW 1,000.
I will post more blogs about my PT and recovery soon.
Steve Austin

"Stone Cold" Steve Austin explains why he wasn’t at Raw 1,000: July 23, 2012

The biggest absence from the 1,000th episode of Raw was obviously “Stone Cold.” The initial thought was Austin was on the set of Adam Sandler’s Grown Ups 2 and couldn’t get away. Not the case.

Austin explained on his website that he recently underwent “major knee surgery” and wasn’t about to hobble down to the ring. Nuh uh. That’s not the “Stone Cold” we know.

"STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN IS A 100% ASS KICKING MACHINE," Austin wrote. "There was no way I was going to limp down the ramp on crutches for RAW 1,000."

SCSA was definitely missed, but his explanation is understandable.

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The Undertaker crucifies Stone Cold Steve Austin on Monday Night Raw: December 7, 1998
The Passion of Stone Cold: He drank beers and handed out Stone Cold Stunners for our sins.
Via droptoehold:
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Stone Cold Steve Austin “Crucified” - WWF Monday Night RAW 12/7/1998
In this effort to build up their feud for the Rock Bottom PPV, the WWF ended up in the middle of a controversy that had the wrestling organization in hot water.  With the Undertaker “crucifying” Stone Cold live on RAW, several religious groups took the WWF to task for their imagery. An archived post from the Catholic League discusses their complaints regarding the wrestling angle:

On Monday, December 7, on the USA Network, wrestling star “Stone Cold” Steve Austin was strapped by his wrists to a cross-like structure while Gregorian chants played and an image of a Celtic cross flashed behind him; those responsible for the “crucifixion” were associates of the “Undertaker,” another wresting favorite.
When contacted by TV Guide Online, William Donohue commented, “Mocking Christ is not within the parameters of acceptable theatrics, even in professional wrestling; at this time of the year, it is particularly egregious.” Donohue then called the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) to complain.
Donohue’s exchange with an official from the WWF proved beneficial. When Donohue was told that this really wasn’t meant to be a “crucifixion”—that is was some kind of Egyptian image—Donohue replied that what mattered what was what most people perceived the characterization to be, and that, he stressed, was the image of a “crucifixion.”
Donohue was then asked if he could make any suggestions. His answer struck the WWF official as reasonable, and the recommendation was accepted. Donohue said that the controversy could be ended if the next time this happens, the “crucified” wrestler extends his hands directly over his head, instead of stretching them straight-out.”

So remember, the next time the WWE runs a crucifixion angle, the wrestler SHOULD have his hands directly over his head. If that’s not the case, then the WWE will have hell to pay once Bill Donohue finds out!
Also, I cannot post something about this crucifixion angle without pointing out the ECW did it first.

The Undertaker crucifies Stone Cold Steve Austin on Monday Night Raw: December 7, 1998

The Passion of Stone Cold: He drank beers and handed out Stone Cold Stunners for our sins.

Via droptoehold:

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Stone Cold Steve Austin drives a beer truck to the ring and sprays The Rock and Vince and Shane McMahon with beer on Monday Night Raw: March 22, 1999

Kurt Angle drives a milk truck to the ring and showers the Alliance with milk on Monday Night Raw: August 20, 2001

Two unforgettable Raw moments. Surprised no one has mentioned Austin’s yet (we all know why Kurt’s won’t get mentioned).

(Source: wrestlingchampions)